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Posted January 6, 2005
A must read for a real programmer
When you press the brakes of a car...you dont get a little dialog box that pops up and says ' Stop Now? (Yes/No)'...or do you? Aren't we really happy that everything is not really based on windows (as yet). When i picked up this book (well...got it as an Xmas present), I expected it to be more from a graphical perspective. But it was not to be. The small size of the book and its author certainly persuaded me to go ahead and read the book...and seriously...it was worth my time. To summarize: - Not always really sensible to write a windows based program which completely contradicts the way Microsoft places controls on the form. - While designing web-programs, try minimizing frequent trips to the server...(some apps do it even now ... damn). Use applets dude. - Know thy user......damn......Joel presents so many examples of how stuff should not be made. - While designing UI's for users, creativity should take the back-seat and 'common-sense and intuition' takes the drivers seat. - Users are duh....really..so...design for duh people. - And for the myths vs facts (my favs) - Flash sucks and kills the web-page ... Joel says YES....so do I - Frames are stupid and are misleading ... I agree ...and so does Joel. - And I disagree with one thing....Color coding does not really help. I am tempted to say that color coding is a matter of user-preference....(considering that you are not too color-bling)...and it certainly helps to have color coding for stuff you use on a daily basis. Maybe...its for the overly-organized folks...but still....if someone is trying to use a computer for something other than games,movies or programming, he/she is using it for organizing stuff...period. Overall...an excellent read.... My rating for the book.....Four on Five.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 15, 2010
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