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I've been a developer for over 30 years in one form or another. I learnt Pascal at University and my first job was programming in Fortran 66. I've since moved to C# & .NET via Ada, C and C++.

I've been involved with UI design all my working life, from Computer Aided Design software, through 3D graphics applications, to developer tools and most recently web applications and now Silverlight LoB applications.


Jun
7
comment what is the list for list of sexual orientation options in a dating website?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about terminology not UX.
Jan
21
comment Tackling the shopping cart abandonment rate
@Ria - It's not unique. You need to have some way of verifying that the person coming in to pick up the goods is the person who ordered (and possibly even paid) or their authorised representative.
Jan
14
comment What should replace a space in a api url?
It doesn't really matter. As long as you are consistent people won't mind.
Dec
27
comment Tackling the shopping cart abandonment rate
@Paul- yes you could. I suppose it would depend on things like the value of the goods being bought etc as to whether extra security information was required.
Dec
16
comment What should be fetched if you “Search” with a blank query?
@Omid - I disagree. I'm not talking about absolute values here. Examples would be: A personal address book of 10s of entries is small and should return all entries if no search criteria is set. A shop's inventory of 1,000s of items is large and should probably return nothing. Implementation wise both are the same thing, but they are treated differently in your application.
Dec
16
comment What should be fetched if you “Search” with a blank query?
@Omid - Well it depends. With a small dataset and if the idea of returning everything is "sensible" I don't see why a user would be confused.
Nov
12
comment What should an ideal Interaction Design Portfolio Include
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about career advice.
Nov
12
comment What to ask when hiring UI Experts?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about the hiring process.
Nov
12
comment Hiring Web Designer/Usability Expert - What should I be looking for?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about the hiring process.
Nov
12
comment How do you write a compelling job listing for UX
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about being a usability designer.
Nov
12
comment Usability/UX elevator pitch?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about being a Usability designer.
Oct
12
comment User Experience/HCI Course
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about careers advice.
Aug
31
comment Where can I find an official set of iOS (specifically iPad) icons and stencil sets?
Questions asking us to recommend or find a tool, library or favorite off-site resource are off-topic for Stack Exchange as they tend to attract opinionated answers and spam. Instead, describe the problem and what has been done so far to solve it.
Aug
5
comment How could petrol forecourts be designed to improve efficiency?
@Urbycoz - I suspect that this is the case. People's behaviour is very hard to change.
Aug
2
comment How could petrol forecourts be designed to improve efficiency?
@Urbycoz pumps in the UK are now advertised has having "extra long hoses" so you can reach across to the other side of the car should you have to pull up to the "wrong" side of a pump. Of course it would be better if all cars had the filler cap on the same side.
Jul
19
comment Should websites require e-mail addresses?
@Revolt - well Stack Overflow succeeded. If you can find ways to address the issues that the other reasons address then go with no e-mail.
Jul
19
comment Should websites require e-mail addresses?
@Revolt - no, but people will expect to be able to use their e-mail address. In the early days of Stack Overflow there were many questions about why it didn't accept signups with just an e-mail address (it used OpenID from day one). That's why it's #5 on my list.
May
24
comment North American electrical outlet, why so sad?
@AlexFeinman - It's not really the sort of question we accept on DIY. Though we do have one about which way up to install them - diy.stackexchange.com/questions/8229/…
May
24
comment Why does the email subject appear before the body when composing an email?
This many be true, but display order for a reader can be different to display order for the sender.
May
24
comment Why does scrolling when dragging an element scroll faster on mouse wiggle?
@Kai it probably wouldn't go down well on SO either, it's not the sort of question Stack Exchange is good at answering. (I'm an moderator on SO).