Software Application Design – Required Reading

Posted on Wednesday, August 15th, 2012 at 7:58 pm in

If you are involved in any way with software design and programming, you really must read the paper Magic Ink, Information Software and the Graphical Interface by Bret Victor. While you are at it, check out his entire web site worrydream.com.

One point of particular interest to me was the section on ‘inferring content from history’ and how at the very least a system should appear as the user left it on the previous session (and how often ‘this is not even bothered with’). How much could productivity be improved if business software simply ‘remembered’ window/widget placement and sizing from session to session?

Here is a link to my post on setting up a user ini service in PowerBuilder.

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