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Now mainly C++/Ruby-Rails/SQL/Oracle/jQuery/git.

I started out programming MC68000 assembler for Sinclair QL when i was 16. Studied Computer Science. Developed mostly in C++ ever after. Moved to Ruby on Rails recently.


Sep
4
comment Button bar: criteria and position
If you are referring to the links on each item seperately, I understand what you mean, but on the other hand it takes only one click to choose an action on a single item. Otherwise you would have to first check the box, and then select the bulk action. It also depends what is the most common action for a user.
Apr
12
comment Usability tests - Open Source Tools
The first (and only?) thing in usability testing is watching how a user uses your website. While it lacks the metric data, using this allows your developers to see what is going on. In "Dont'make me think" Krug is proposing this as a way to do your own usability tests (as opposed to using usability labs).
Apr
12
comment Usability tests - Open Source Tools
@MEM: that sounds a bit harsh. You ask for open-source mock-up tools, prototyping, that could be tested. CogTool looks like a ideal candidate for that. Yet you seem to disregard it at first sight.
Apr
8
comment User benefit vs. UI consistency
@Vitaly: good point. I personally feel that it is very un-intuitive, and feel that it could be handled better. But it's not because there are some serious flaws in an application, that as a designer i should vent that and show that to the users ("Note: a direct link is not available because of some restriction the devs have"). Indeed, we should look for the most user-friendly solution given the constraints. But I still believe the devs should improve the code :) But a very good point, to not bring my personal feelings about some architecture into the design.
Apr
7
comment How to display login/register errors?
With regards to safety/security, you should actually highlight that the combination username/password is incorrect, without specifying if it is the username or the password, to discourage hackers to go and try to find valid usernames. While I understand it is less userfriendly, it is also a very important aspect of a login form.
Apr
7
comment User benefit vs. UI consistency
@user4506: I now understand your problem area better. In that case, if a further selection needs to be made, the ideal would be if the extra selection could just pop-up (in a dialog or something). I assume that that is not possible yet (hassle your dev-team to make it possible? Would require more smaller blocks in the ui to allow the reuse).
Apr
7
comment User benefit vs. UI consistency
I prefer the first option too. I would even make the fact that the direct link is not known explicit (e.g. "(Note: a direct link is not known)" : at least it is honest, and if a lot of users miss it, you could get feedback and a push from your userbase to get it fixed.
Apr
6
comment User benefit vs. UI consistency
Hi user4506, you say that if a user selects option A, then also option B needs to be selected. To me this means either option A could not have been selected first, or if the user wants to select option A, why not automatically select option B. Instead of trying to warn the user that option B must be selected, and if possible giving a link to jump to that selection straight away. So, granted: my answer is maybe not a direct answer to your question, but an attempt to think of a different approach. This weird dependency seems very unintuitive and not user friendly at all.
Mar
30
comment Multiple ways to show approval for an item
When i ask questions, i like to upvote answers that I respect the effort that went into it, or the alternative views. So as an asker it allows me to reward all people taking the effort of replying, and giving a valuable reply.
Mar
29
comment Reporting web app - how to design large data tables?
It am not familiar with that business, but are all columns equally important always? Otherwise it could be an option to supply different views on the same data, each with a different set of columns visible (using virtual tabs or something similar to switch views), and on hover the complete row of data is visible? Is that feasible? Secondly, i am assuming the numbers vary from e.g. 0 to very large numbers. Maybe it is handy to some sort of visual/textual shortcut, like >1M (a category of sorts) and on sort show the actual value? Just thinking out loud.
Mar
18
comment Visualize time-series data
Indeed, line width is very similar to what i proposed, and maybe even clearer. Normally I would presume if the chart-data is dense, using the bubbles you would get close to the same effect. If it is not, using the lines will be much clearer.
Mar
10
comment How best to implement progressive enhancement for an outline editor
Ok, that is what you normally do. The javascript is added unobtrusively: if you leave out the js, it still works. But you say: reload the page to add DOM elements, without javascript enabled.
Mar
10
comment How best to implement progressive enhancement for an outline editor
I do not completely understand this: do you mean detecting if javascript is enabled or not, and if not redirect to a different page? Sounds good. How do you do that: detecting javascript without javascript? Always redirecting unless you can block it with javascript? This way you can offer two different pages. Not quite unobtrusive :) but for such a case as this, maybe the most elegant: you get a very elegant js-enabled page, and fallback on a basic html page if needed.