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September 26, 2008  7:33 PM

User Experience, User Interface or Human Interface Design?



Posted by: SJC
Application design, Human Interface Design, Software application development, Software Quality, User Experience, User Interface, UX

I have written quite often over the past year about user interface issues. One of my blog posts worked with the question of whether the interface should be busy or sparse. I also provided...

September 24, 2008  3:00 PM

Simplicity of Application Human Interface



Posted by: SJC
Application design, Software Quality, User Interface

Early this month when I first read about Google's release of it's "Chrome" browser my first thought was "Why do we need another browser?".  I then pictured the Google page I now use as the home page on all of my systems, www.google.com.  It meets my standard...


July 31, 2008  8:00 AM

Software Testing, Development and Music



Posted by: SJC
Application design, Software application development, Software Quality, Software testing

I read with intense interest the "From the Editor" post entitled "Software testing lessons from music" on...


July 19, 2008  7:28 PM

Choosing the Best Application Design Approach



Posted by: SJC
Application design, Business process automation, Small Business Computing, Software application development, Software Quality

Sometimes it isn't clear when designing a new application just which of a multitude of possible approaches to the design represents the "best" approach.  Sometimes it may not just be the application design itself, but also choosing the "right" tool to accomplish the task(s) to be executed. ...


July 8, 2008  11:51 AM

User Innovation



Posted by: SJC
IT Management, Software Quality, Software testing

A recent post by fellow ITKE blogger John Wilder entitled "Sparking Innovation" caught my eye this morning and I just have to comment. His statement that "...I trust my users to come up with...


July 7, 2008  7:16 PM

Beta Testing – Not for Everybody



Posted by: SJC
Beta Testing, Business Application Value, IT Management, Software Quality, Software testing

It's like the stock market - it can be risky - it can be frustrating and downright annoying - and it can be rewarding.  I've always liked participating in beta testing of products which I find of value, or as has happend to me before, in a product that I had to use - but (let's just say to be...


June 25, 2008  3:53 PM

Application Performance and Other Investigative Opportunities



Posted by: SJC
IT administration, IT Management, Networking, Security, Software Quality, Software testing

Sometimes I feel more like I'm a detective than programmer/analyst.  Fact is, I believe, that there has to be at least a little bit of detective in every IT person who has the opportunity to evaluate software applications and their sometimes strange behaviors. As an example of what I mean, I...


June 13, 2008  12:26 AM

Beta Testing – A True Story



Posted by: SJC
Beta Testing, Business Application Value, Business process automation, Software Quality

On a visit to my chiropractor today I heard a story that I found simply amazing to believe, yet I have to believe it as I was witness to some of the "events" a few years ago - and I remember them well! It seems that some 6-8 years back my chiropractor (always on the lookout for a "good" deal)...


May 31, 2008  6:00 AM

Small Business Application Development and Use Cases



Posted by: SJC
Agile, Business Application Value, Small Business Computing, Software application development, Software maintenance, Software Quality

While there is no shortage of writing available on the internet or in software development textbooks regarding the various software development methodologies available, I find that the great majority of it is really geared toward managing large projects for large companies.  Since I develop for...


May 30, 2008  10:27 AM

Robotic Arm Programming, Mars and Agile Methods?



Posted by: SJC
Agile, Development, Software maintenance, Software Quality, Software testing

I read with great interest an article about the recently successful Mars Lander "NASA: Robotic arm key to finding life on Mars"  In particular what caught my...


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