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bio website purl.org/net/oakley
location Barrington, IL
age 54
visits member for 4 years, 3 months
seen Dec 15 at 21:27

I started as a FORTRAN programmer, paid my dues writing C and X11/Motif, switched to Perl, discovered Tk, and from that, Tcl, and spent the next decade plus writing cross-platform GUIs in Tcl/Tk.

I then spent three years using python and a smattering of ruby to create a cross-platform automated testing framework. I am now working in an all-Windows shop, again building an automated testing framework and still using Python.

The open source projects I currently am active on are:

I also maintain a sporadically-updated blog at boakley.github.io, focused mainly on my work with the robot framework.


Feb
19
awarded  Student
Feb
19
asked studies on passcode/keypad versus password/keyboard?
Feb
19
comment Who needs an external on/off Wi-Fi button?
I'm not saying it's the best solution. The question was about who would need such a thing. People who want to save power need such a thing. It's at leadt plausible that a physical switch may have been easier to manufacture at the time, then it would have been to build a software solution. Or maybe the misguided engineers didn't consider usability as a factor. Shocking, I know, but I've heard it happens.
Feb
18
comment Who needs an external on/off Wi-Fi button?
Yes it can be done. Just as effectively? That part is debatable -- a switch is certainly easier to flip than having to do a handful of clicks and double-clicks to get to a settings menu somewhere. Also, a physical switch implies you are physically turning the power off, which might give one more peace of mind that flipping a virtual switch.
Feb
18
answered Who needs an external on/off Wi-Fi button?
Feb
13
comment Does a list of checkboxes necessarily mean multiple choices?
@JonW: these conventions have been in place pretty much since the invention of the checkbutton and radiobutton. This distinction is precisely why there are two different types of buttons.
Feb
8
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
4
revised Best way to display whether someone is the right age for a match on an online dating site?
added 259 characters in body
Feb
4
answered Is the absence of a visible scroll bar confusing when asking users to agree with license terms?
Feb
4
answered Best way to display whether someone is the right age for a match on an online dating site?
Jan
31
answered Do “extended” batteries really affect user experience?
Jan
31
answered What is the name of someone who does not know how to use a computer or the web?
Jan
30
answered Are radial contextual menus better than vertical list menus?
Jan
30
comment What's the best way to navigate from between two screens in an App?
When you say "Amazon kindler", do you mean the kindle, or is "kindler" an app?
Jan
15
comment How to not make my website have a “1990's” look
I would suggest that for a non-designer, you should avoid picking fonts altogether, and stick with the defaults.
Jan
6
awarded  Yearling
Jan
6
answered Recommended pixel size for labels for mobile?
Jan
6
comment Recommended pixel size for labels for mobile?
Do you realize Apple's recommendations are specifically for Apple devices?
Jan
6
comment What are the differences between buttons and links?
Buttons have been around much longer in UI design than links.
Jan
6
comment What are the differences between buttons and links?
I would say a button does something, rather than make something. But otherwise, yeah.