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bio website marjanvenema.com
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Software developer since 1985. Started in Cobol, moved via Clipper/VB to Delphi. Delphi developer since 1998. Sniffing at C# and playing around with javascript and some php for websites. Coaching new employees and less experienced developers. Focused on software architecture and SOLID design. Keenly interested in user experience and usability.

Questions

When you ask a question, show your effort, provide all the details that will help someone to help you and be precise.

Answers

When you answer a question, don't just paste your code. Your answers will be much better when you explain why your code is doing what it does and how it achieves the asker's goal. It makes it a whole lot easier to follow along. As it is I am much more inclined to up-vote answers that have explanatory text about what the code is doing and why it is written as it is.

Answers that just contain links aren't likely to get an up-vote from me either

Other

Obligatory link whenever someone thinks they are improving security by imposing all sorts of rules on password composition: Password strength


Dec
25
comment Best way to represent distance in a clear way?
It makes a huge difference to the distance if the job is on the west of a large city/town and the user is also on the west side or over on the east side... You would be better of using the user's exact location if they are willing to provide it.
Dec
23
comment A Linux OS as Single Display Groupware
I like your idea. Rings bells of some remote-access/assistance solutions that allow simultaneous access to the desktop by the local and remote user. Gonna be fun to see the focus-stealing-wars.
Dec
23
comment Should action buttons be separate or part of a single toolbar?
@unor: no, that is not true. You can have keyboard shortcuts without corresponding buttons. Hitting for example the up or down arrow can still move items around without there being a button to do the same thing. Having the drag icon there should be enough indication that moving items is possible.
Dec
21
comment Redirect automatically to login or explanatory page?
@ThomasClowes: the login page where you automatically redirect your users could also display that information simply based on from where the user was redirected to the login page. With a clever bit of (partial) html files based around the referer, you could make it a very versatile login page indeed.
Dec
20
comment Do iOS / WP users recognize the Android share icon?
Go with your design. I am an Android user on my phone, and even I didn't know what the icons are for...
Dec
20
comment Do iOS / WP users recognize the Android share icon?
+1 I am an Android user on my phone, and even I didn't know what the icons are for...
Dec
19
comment Are there any recent studies of the “Keyboard vs Mouse”-issue?
Didn't measure. Rereading my comment, I am not sure whether it is clear that I did not mean doing it by mouse would be slower if you are used to doing it by keyboard, or vice versa. I meant that having to switch during execution of a task will always be slower than being able to complete a task either by keyboard, or by mouse. the physical movement necessary in itself is enough to make having to switch slower.
Dec
18
comment How useful is this coffee cup “hot contents” warning?
Not a result of any usefulness considerations. Just the result of the out-of-control sue'em state of mind in the States
Dec
17
comment Are there any recent studies of the “Keyboard vs Mouse”-issue?
@JørnE.Angeltveit: Both. Haven't learned them all yet :) In GMail and GoogleReader I use the short cuts extensively. Yes, it takes some time to remember them, but once you do, they can't be beaten...
Dec
17
comment Are there any recent studies of the “Keyboard vs Mouse”-issue?
The mouse is always slower when I do most of the work using the keyboard. The keyboard is always slower when I do most of the work using the mouse. In other words: slowness is not function of mouse or keyboard use, but of having to switch from one to the other.
Dec
17
comment Should I use dynamic fast scroll on an Android application?
Thanks.........
Dec
17
comment Keyboard shortcuts on non-QWERTY keyboard layouts
@VitalyMijiritsky: +1, I couldn't live without short cuts...
Dec
17
comment Should I use dynamic fast scroll on an Android application?
Ok, pardon me for being dim, but what exactly is the difference between normal and fast scrolling? Don't see that much difference in the images and have no idea what the effects should be? May have encountered them on my phone, but not have realized that I encountered what is known as fast-scrolling?
Dec
15
answered Have the attitude changed the last ten years on horizontal scrolling on web sites?
Dec
15
comment What is a more personal email address than support@yourdomain.com or sales@yourdomain.com for a Service-oriented product?
Yeah, but it makes me wonder whether am I putting a support question to a sales person or the other way round. Unless I have previous experience with the site operator, I'd start looking for a more specific e-mail address.
Dec
13
awarded  Electorate
Dec
11
comment Stressless user experience for data entry forms
@DannyVarod: not my experience, but it may be due to technology improvements that have passed me by as I have learned to avoid dark backgrounds.
Dec
11
comment Stressless user experience for data entry forms
Darker backgrounds actually make reading a lot harder. It may be different for mono spaced code as that really does not read as text, but as, well... code. I tend to avoid websites with a dark background because the font tends not to have been adjusted. On darker backgrounds text seems to sink into it and one should use a larger font or a font with with thicker strokes to compensate. Most importantly: the preference for a light or dark background is very personal! So cater to that by allowing both.
Dec
10
comment Is a language switcher necessary on a web site's every page?
@Pekka: unfortunately not, no.
Dec
10
comment Is a language switcher necessary on a web site's every page?
@Pekka: 'supposed' in "(supposed) language" is the key. I don't want my search engine to assume anything from either my regional settings, my windows language or whatever other setting it can think of. It should only filter on language when specifically directed to do so.