The Barnes & Noble Review
So many tools for designing web applications. So many ways to get the job done. So many folks who’ve learned web application design on their own, scrambling to meet deadlines. No wonder these applications are so inconsistent -- and, often, so hard to use. Fortunately, out of all this chaos, best practices have emerged. This book brings them together for the first time.
Here are better ways to build data input forms and lists. Techniques for giving users more effective search capabilities. Solutions for improving web-based reporting in business and management applications. Providing email responses. Designing web graphs, charts, diagrams, even maps. If you’re not sure how to provide the most effective user interactions, don’t guess: get the Web Application Design Handbook. Bill Camarda
Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.
From the Publisher
“a ‘how to’ guide that designers can use to help make important decisions.’
Donna Timpone, UserEdge, Inc.
“Susan and Victor have written the ‘Junior Woodchucks Guidebook’ of Web applications: Everything you need to know is in there, including tons of best-practice examples, insights from years of experience, and assorted fascinating arcana. If you're writing a Web application, you'd be foolish not to have a copy.”
Steve Krug, author of Don't Make Me Think! A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
“Web sites are so nineties. The cutting edge of Web-design has moved to Web applications. If you are, like many Web designers, struggling to create dynamic, highly-functional Web-based applications, you need this book. It describes how Web applications differ from Web sites, and provides excellent guidance for common Web-application design problems, such as navigation, data input, search, reports, forms, and interactive graphic output.”
Jeff Johnson, Principal Usability Consultant, UI Wizards, Inc., and author of Web Bloopers and GUI Bloopers
“User interface designers have been debating among themselves for years about how to design effective Web applications. There were no comprehensive references that covered the myriad topics that emerged in these debates until Fowler and Stanwick took on the challenge and wrote Web Application Design Handbook, the first comprehensive guide to building Web applications. This book tackles design problems faced by every Web development team with uncommon wisdom, clear prose, and detailed examples. Key topics include: modifying the browser interface to meet application security and efficiency requirements, searching, sorting, filtering, building efficient and usable data input mechanisms, generating reports, preventing errors, and using creative visualization techniques to optimize the display of large sets of data. This thorough work should be a primary reference for everyone designing Web applications.”
Chauncey E. Wilson, Principal HCI Architect, WilDesign Consulting
“Every so often you run into a book and say to yourself: ‘It’s so obvious that this book should be read by every developer, so why wasn't it written years ago?’ This is one of those books.”
Scott Ambler, author of The Object Primer: Agile Model Driven Development with UML 2
“Web Application Design Handbook is a panoramic book covering a lot of territory from how to design graphical user interfaces for Web applications to a discussion on the types of information visualization that are possible ... it provides a good overview on the techniques used to create Web applications, especially helpful for the novice Web designer who is tasked with building useful and effective Web applications ...”
Robbie T. Nakatsu, Department of Finance/Computer Information Systems, Loyola Marymount University