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Should a developer do UI mockups if there are no designers in the project?

I'm working with a small team that creates a proprietary web application and UX isn't much of a priority since our own people will be the ones operating it, but we do try to make their jobs easier. ...
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Methodologies that fit UX in software development

The classic development phases are requirement elicitation design implementation testing maintenance Currently we are having issues with UX joining the mix. My current job lets UX build wireframes ...
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Optimistic rendering imposes duplication of logic?

If you're working on a client side mobile application, for a smoother UX, optimistic rendering is encouraged. This is where the application makes UI updates based on user requests that get sent to the ...
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What should be the scope of a health check for a system which deploys a webapp?

Today I had a task to "write a health check" for a long running service that is an orchestration system to deploy a web-app. I am trying to determine what the scope for such a health check would be, ...
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Handling Upload Of Unknown File types

A support ticket has been raised whereby a mac user saved a file from an email, then uploaded it to our web based system. By default, when doing this the mac does not save the file with a 3 letter ...
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Should clicking already selected UI item be handled normally or ignored?

Lets say you have a user-interface with a tree view, and you click on already selected item. Should the click-event be handled normally or ignored (since the item is already selected)? Lets also ...
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How can I have a variable timeout value based on machine performance?

I have a similar problem as Criteria for selecting timeout value?. But my question is slight different. Process A dependes on process B and has a timeout value of 5 seconds, sometimes process B might ...
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Responsive design - up to a point - and then an alternative layout

I am using AngularJs. I am unsure whether this is a pure CSS question, or needs some JS to handle logic. Let's say that want to display a grid full of numbers - and some sort of histogram or other ...
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Appropriate to put known issues directly in software?

I've taken over maintenance of an Android app, and there are a few residual problems that I've more or less fixed, but still have issues because of different Android OS versions. For example, sending ...
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Vertical Single Page App libs/patterns?

Lately I've noticed a trend amongst some website homepages to present information in a vertical fashion, forcing the user to scroll down to continue reading the content. As you scroll down, a state ...
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How to provide a good User Experience with a slower app

I am working on an embedded application that has a web server as a GUI. The webserver supports what you would expect, and I am using javascript to request data from the application and supply it to ...
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Is automatically generating passwords during registration a good idea?

I'm developing a registration system for a project I'm working on. Since users tend not to sign up if the process is too long, I've thought to require (at least initially) just their email, where I ...
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When asynchronous tasks make a bad UX

I'm writing a COM add-in that's extending an IDE that desperately needs it. There are many features involved, but let's narrow it down to 2 for the sake of this post: There's a Code Explorer ...
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What's the best way to store class/type info in a plugin system in your software?

There are lots of applications like 3ds Max, Maya, etc that allows you to use plugins, where even the default nodes are created as plugins. This is all good but if the developer changes the class/...
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Include system timer in use case diagram

Here in my use case diagram, an sms will be sent to a referenced person by the applicant automatically by the system when an applicant fills up and submits a form. Here as the SMS sending is performed ...
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What principle is violated by having a button do two radically different things or screens act radically different depending on the situation

I've come upon a situation several times in my career when previous developers have done something funny. They will make a control (button) function radically different depending on how the screen ...
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Working with overzealous SoftDevelop company - how to mitigate their spending enthusiasm? [closed]

I'm a software developer in a non-IT company. We want to significantly increase use of new IT technologies in our business model (by which I mean clients personal accounts, online payments, Google ...
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Is it normal for developers to make a lot of minute UX decisions? [closed]

To clarify, the UX professionals at my company are making the big decisions about what the general layout of the application should be, and they are providing wireframes which we follow as best we can ...
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User interaction on a website without requiring registration nor captcha

Are there succesful ways (i.e. non spammed by 1000 bots per second!) to propose some user interaction on a website such as : Voting up / Voting down / Liking posts Posting comments but without ...
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Retry method for generating unique code

In an app, a user can initiate the generation a six-digit alphanumeric code (actually done via Web API). The code needs to be checked against a remote database to ensure it is unique. Other than for ...
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Django Project Logic Solution

I'm starting to develop my first webapp, and I'm using django. Before anything I'm working on the software logic, how it should work, the links and objects it needs. The problem is: I need the app ...
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Sorting displayed results vs. entire results [closed]

If I present a user with a table of results from a database which only displays the first 1000 rows, what does the user expect when they re-sort the table? Do they expect only the displayed results ...
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How much information about an error should be shown to the user?

Applications can always throw errors. If such an error occurs, the user should be notified, because what he asked the application to do has not succeeded. However, how much information should the ...
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what to do when UX asks for an ugly, convoluted event driven design and you don't know how to implement it in a clean manner?

I have been tasked with creating a desktop client application that fetches data from web apis and presents it to the user. During the last month or so, I've spent most of my time and energy bringing ...
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UX designers working one Sprint ahead

Our UX designers usually have a story in Sprint X that the developers will implement in Sprint X+1 (The UX designers and the devs/testers are on one team). I think this makes sense because if you don'...
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Visual Design implementation timing in Agile

We work in Scrum with the caveat that we don't have a potentially shippable product at the end of each Sprint, instead requiring several hardening/stabilization Sprints before release. One of the ...
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Handling multiple login methods

Currently, I'm using Parse to handle my backend, and I have multiple ways to login -> via regular email/password and via linkedin. Parse has a specific method of logging in requiring username/...
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Design Application to “Actively” Invite Users (pretend they have privileges)

I am designing an application where users message one another privately, and may send messages to any Entity in the database (an Entity may not have a user account yet, it is a professional database). ...
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Is it ethical or even legal to track user data/metrics using IP [closed]

This one is a bit tough. It is publicly available information, is it not? But it's can also be used maliciously. So is it legal/ethical to store and/or gather information on users based on IP? It's ...
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When should you trim input?

I am intern learning tons about the industry outside of academia. One thing I thought about today was trimming input. On one side of the coin I don't want the user/implementer to constantly ...
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Is blocking an entire web-client due to compatibility a reasonable request?

A little bit of background, we've made an electronic POS system for registered vendors of items of a well known brand. The vendors are required to login to use the system. Recently, IE has been ...
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What's the best way to scale and split an agile team building a web app?

I've recently joined a company where I'm working as the scrum master on an agile development project building a web app. The team is just about to be the maximum size for an agile team (expecting 9 ...
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2answers
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Alternatives to Traditional Password Authentication [closed]

The third party login is excellent function that has come in recent years that relieves the load on a programmers mind so that I have to remember less useless passwords. I don't use the same ...
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Is it legitimate to ask co-workers to use specific browser in an intranet website?

I developed an intranet (local network) ASP.NET web project for my co-workers. In the development process I used Chrome and Firefox and didn't test much with Internet Explorer. The website works ...
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Should I force users to update an application?

I'm writing an application for a medium sized company that will be used by about 90% of our employees and our clients. In planning for the future we decided to add functionality that will verify that ...
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Why do certain sites don't allow Back / Forward / Refresh?

This has been a cause of frustration for me on many sites like IRCTC, Online Banking sites which wont allow Back, forward or refresh. If you do you would be logged out and you have to login again. ...
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Approach to use for user email address change in application?

As the title says, if the user wants change their email address in the application, in terms of programming, what approach (process) to use? Where do you store the new email address until the user ...
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Are animations and other eye candies considered non-functional requirements?

I've seen many lists on the internet that includes many 'ities' (maintainability, scalability, portability, etc), but I'm not sure if animations, screen transitions, and similar features are ...
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How to deal with user interface design and respective feature support in Agile development?

In an Agile development process usually the main focus is on User stories, but sometimes a single requirement may span several user stories. For example, the client may request a search page for all ...
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1answer
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Creating an account to receive sensitive information on a mobile device

I am developing an Android application for my final year project which allows the holder of a mobile device to receive a text notification containing potentially sensitive information from a server. ...
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1answer
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What is the nicest (user-friendliest) way to tell a user about “Access Denied” error?

Our software implements a layer of role-based security to secure data access, in the form of access control lists. Whenever a user tries to do something that isn't allowed, the software layer will ...
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throwing runtime exception in Java application

I am working as a contractor designing enterprise Java application for my client in the role of a technical lead. The application will be used by end users and there will be a support team who will ...
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Reveal detailed license-errors?

So after one has programmed and integrated a licensing solution into his or her application, how should one deal with licensing errors? My understanding is: Show whether a license is valid or invalid ...
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1answer
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Object locking over Internet

I am building a tutoring application that can be used to draw objects and then one is able to drag them around. I would like to know what is the best thing to do when someone clicks on an object and ...
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Does UX matter for enterprise software?

I've come to notice that a lot of software that companies use for managing things like time, expenses, setting up phone systems, etc is very non-intuitive from a user experience point of view. I know ...
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Is the UX affected negatively by fully cacheable pages?

I want to have fully cacheable pages in my websites, but one cannot do that if they contain user-specific data, like the userbar or things in the UI that can change depending on the permissions the ...
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Criteria for selecting timeout value?

Situation: a piece of software reads frames of data from a file in a seperate thread and puts it on a queue, emptied by another thread. That second thread periodically checks on the queue and fails ...
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Overloading interface buttons, what are the best practices?

Imagine you'll have always a button labeled "Continue" in the same position in your app's GUI. Would you rather make a single button instance that takes different actions depending on the current ...
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Macintosh OS10.8 user experience with 'identified developer' downloads? [closed]

I work on a Windows/Mac cross platform application that is sometimes downloaded from web sites. It is sometimes re-branded by and sold by third parties. I'm the 'windows guy', my Mac counterpart ...
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Saving Passwords To The Local Device

So In my app (iOS), you have to register in order to use the service (a food service). But in order to change details about your account (username, password, and email), you have to reenter your ...