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bio website bucketsoft.com
location Colorado Springs, CO
age 31
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My company sites...

BucketSoft.com
Web performance optimization.

SilverlightXAP.com
Royalty-free Silverlight controls and XAML illustrations submitted by developers and designers.

RegexHero.net
Powerful and easy to use .NET regex tester built in Silverlight.

My personal sites...

swortham.blogspot.com
My personal blog (mostly programming stuff).

GLdomain.com
My OpenGL site. Most of the programs and tutorials are outdated by today's standards, but I suppose it could still be useful to someone.

060calculator.com
Calculate how fast your car will reach 60 mph from a standstill.


Mar
16
comment Should aspects such as page render time or time taken to retrieve results be considered part of UX?
Granted, some of these front-end optimizations require server configuration. For example, setting far-future expiration dates, using gzip, etc. But these are still things related to the static files (images, js, css) that make up the majority of requests on your site. Ideally these things should be on a CDN... but you get the idea. These are the things the user spends the most time waiting for (in most cases).
Mar
16
comment Should aspects such as page render time or time taken to retrieve results be considered part of UX?
@DA01 - I made up that 90% figure, but in reality it's probably higher when looking through Steve Souders' research. The actual quote from Steve Souders is, "80-90% of the end-user response time is spent on the frontend. Start there." stevesouders.com/blog/2012/02/10/the-performance-golden-rule
Mar
16
comment Should aspects such as page render time or time taken to retrieve results be considered part of UX?
+1. It certainly helps to have performance in mind even in the early design stages of your site. In over 90% of cases, the vast majority of a page's load time can be attributed to front-end elements and has nothing to do with how powerful your server is. For anyone interested in this topic I'd suggest two resources: www.webpagetest.org and stevesouders.com And then you should absolutely use YSlow as well... developer.yahoo.com/yslow
Mar
16
comment What are the benefits to software that has no installation wizard?
@Barfieldmv - Sometimes this will surely be possible. Other times there may practical reasons why you wouldn't want to do this. For example, a .NET application requires the .NET Framework to be installed. The installers I've built with NSIS will automatically download & install the latest version of .NET if necessary. I think to pull that off without an installer would require two executables (one would be an unmanaged "launcher" application.)
Mar
16
answered What are the benefits to software that has no installation wizard?
Dec
1
comment For required fields, should we add the red asterisk before or after the field label?
Would you believe neither? Check out my answer to this question... ux.stackexchange.com/questions/840/…
Nov
9
revised Is it normal for users to ask for more detail than should really be implemented?
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Nov
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revised Is it normal for users to ask for more detail than should really be implemented?
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Nov
9
answered Is it normal for users to ask for more detail than should really be implemented?
Nov
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Nov
7
revised Which trial experience is better?
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Nov
2
comment Greater Than > or Plus +
Agreed. < and > are used in programming, mathematics, etc. But they aren't seen and used in every day life for most people.
Nov
1
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Nov
1
comment Greater Than > or Plus +
@MoeSweet - I don't think so. You never really see the + before the number with this kind of thing. If right-aligning is such an issue, couldn't you just pad the numbers that don't have a + with a single space?
Nov
1
answered Greater Than > or Plus +
Oct
10
comment Most User-Friendly Form Fields for Entering Date/Time?
@bart - You are quite right. I designed it to only autoformat when there are a total of 8 digits. Entering 1111999 would be one too few and would result in a validation error. Most people, when typing a date without any delimiters, will use 0's in front of the single digit portions of the date... 01111999.
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6
revised Should date validation allow “091011”?
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revised Should date validation allow “091011”?
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6
answered Should date validation allow “091011”?
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revised Who is the average user?
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