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In the early days of computing, technicians in white coats controlled refrigerator-sized computers housed in sealed rooms, far from ordinary users. Today, computers are inexpensive commodities, like television sets,
and ordinary people control and interact with them. This new paradigm has led to a burgeoning demand for graphics-intensive and highly interactive interfaces.
Developing User Interfaces is targeted at the programmer who will actually implement, rather than design, the user interface. Most user interface books focus on psychology and usability, not programming techniques. This book recognizes the need for programmers to collaborate with usability experts and psychologists, so topics such as the principles of visualization, human perception, and usability evaluation are touched upon. Yet the primary focus remains on those tools and techniques required for programming the complex user interface.
"...examines advanced programming topics such as event handling, interaction with geometric objects, widget tool kits, and input syntax...covers the basic concepts of traditional computer graphics."
Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Designing the Functional Model
Chapter 3 Basic Computer Graphics
Chapter 4 Basics of Event Handling
Chapter 5 Basic Interaction
Chapter 6 Widget Tool Kits
Chapter 7 Interfaces from Widgets
Chapter 8 Input Syntax
Chapter 9 Geometry of Shapes
Chapter 10 Geometric Transformations
Chapter 11 Interacting with Geometry
Chapter 12 Drawing Architectures
Chapter 13 Cut, Copy, and Paste
Chapter 14 Monitoring the Interface: Undo, Groupware, and Macros