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When should one use the Visual Studio Isolated Shell

I am planning an open source project (MIT License), that would be something like a desktop client for Jira. For that purpose I am researching about "pre done" UIs that I could use for that. My first ...
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Skeletal/Abstract class just to store shared state?

Given an interface for the Strategy pattern like so: public interface Strategy { public Output execute(Input input); public Output getLastExecutionOutput(); } if I want to store the last ...
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Which user input validation approach is better: preventing or explaining? [migrated]

Scenario: let's say we are talking about a simple form, which contains the following field types: All fields are mandatory. Number: only digits are allowed. Text: text must not exceed the maximum ...
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Pluggable UI Components in Java Web Applications

I will try to explain my question with an example. Let us say that we are writing a hotel reservation system which is web based using Java. We will have different payment methods, say Paypal, Master ...
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Design for an application framework that will allow each implementation to customize parts of the UI

I am tasked with designing an application framework that will allow each implementation to customize parts of the user interface. One such example would be that the implementation (let's call it ...
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How can DB and UI agree on default values?

I created a table in a Postgres database. I would like to create a form in a Java application to insert rows into that table. Certain fields have default values. What is the best way for the database ...
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Does having many duplicated methods and deep inheritance hierarchies in GUI APIs (Java Swing, Android SDK) violate the SOLID design principles?

For those unfamiliar with the SOLID principles you can start reading here: Wikipedia article. However, most of my understanding comes from: http://www.objectmentor.com/resources/publishedArticles.html ...
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How can I put multiple hierarchical forms in a single web page and avoid making it a mess?

We are a group of developers working on a web application that accepts forms filled and sent by our users and present it in an overall view. Our main form view looks like this: There are multiple ...
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Origin of letter “X” for close icon

Who exactly presented the idea that letter "X" should be used for closing/exiting a window or an application? According to Medium.com, The first appearance of [x] in GUI design was likely the ...
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Generally speaking, is it better to make all the functional parts or get UI working first - or a mix of the two?

Generally speaking, is it better to make all the functional parts or get UI working first - or a mix of the two? Assuming you're working on something large, is it generally accepted practice to get ...
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Handling leaves in tree-based menus

Tl;Dr Given a language with no polymorphism how to you elegantly modify the behavior of a leaf in a tree data structure. Context I'm programming an application in C for a microcontroller and I'm ...
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Where and how to reference composite MVP components?

I am learning about the MVP (Model-View-Presenter) Passive View flavour of MVC. I intend to expose events from view interfaces rather than using the observer pattern to remove explicit coupling with ...
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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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Dynamic Query Generation : suggestion for better approaches [closed]

I am currently designing a functionality in my Web Application where the verified user of the application can execute queries which he wishes to from the predefined set of queries with where clause ...
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NCurses, scrolling of multiline items, “current item” pointer and “selected items”

I am looking for hints/ideas for the best (most effective) way on how to scroll multi-line items as well as emphasizing of the "current item" and "selected items" such as: 1 FOO ITEM 1 Foo sub-item ...
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Updating GUI in 'realtime' using events

My Plan Have a system that holds some objects Have a winforms-form that displays some key values of these objects When certain changes occur(object gets add / removed / datat change): Update GUI ...
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lots of images and ajax, or better solution?

I have a control where the user can select a value for the x and y axis from 2 dropdowns, and then there is a 4 by 4 grid (an image) which will show what their selections correspond to (updating ...
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Design pattern for overlapping actions and animations?

Is there a design pattern for dealing with overlapping UI actions and animations? A few examples: Let's say I have an interactive table row that expands to reveal an extra control when the user ...
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Is it good approach to open a keyboard at Actvity start where only one EditTextbox is present [closed]

I am working with Forgot password, where I have single EditTextBox and a single submit button. So whenever I am opening this Forgot password page, my keyboard is opened at the start of this page. In ...
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How to conceptually consider and implement user interface rules for numerous controls and data inputs?

I have a user interface with numerous controls and data inputs on it. Buttons, text fields, and checkboxes, etc. Imagine the following "rules" exist for a sample UI with 2 of those controls: B2 ...
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Frontend vs Backend data handling

Firstly I would like an answer from an experienced person (not a one man band), someone whom has worked in a medium/large team and had to battle with this burning question before. The problem: I am ...
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GUI programming - who should be an owner

I know nothing about gui programming. I try to learn. I have simple question... For example, I have small program. I have class that extends JFrame with main Window (MyWindowClass) and my "logic" ...
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Study on designing user prompts (choice of wording, response format, etc.)

Sometimes there are different ways to ask a user the same question. For example, if the user tries to exit a program without saving their file, you can ask either of these questions: Are you sure ...
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Is it realistic to use designers for complex UI [closed]

When I created my first web application few years ago, I remember trying to use the designer in VS 2008. Before I can even remember I abandoned it to the favor of actual debug to understand how my UI ...
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Is it crazy to develop a TUI today? [duplicate]

I'm starting to develop a new program. It's basically a database interface, run a few queries, show the data in a nice way and be able to easy input new data (like this website). Thinking about which ...
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How to validate (and group) User Listings in Marketplace

I am building a hobby marketplace (comic books). Users are able to list comic books they own for trading with other members. The problem I'm running into is that I would like to standardize the ...
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What is the preferred strategy for editing data from a database?

We are redesigning an old VB6 application in Net. The application makes extensive use of a database and includes management of club members and their results in the competitions that they partake in. ...
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What design pattern (in python) to use for properly seperate runtime infos with core code?

I am not sure if this is a clear question. I work on a python project that is based on terminal(console), for which I am planning to implement a GUI. I am not major in CS so I really have no idea ...
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Mapping variable inputs to user interface elements

Background Developing a system for creating eBooks. The data is highly normalized. The eBook designs are packaged as "themes." The themes can be configured with options for: fonts, colours, some ...
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Beautiful user interface vs. more and more technical features? [closed]

I will understand if you find this is more a discussion than a technical question and if you close the topic (then, where would be an appropriate place to discuss about that? thank you in advance). ...
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What about using MVC as the way to provide Responsive Web Design?

Responsive Web Design shows the user different elements -- or elements arranged in different ways -- by using media queries (if the device is a desktop or laptop, show them this; if a tablet, show ...
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MVP Implementation at the UserControl Level

I'm trying to figure out how MVP should be implemented at the UserControl level. I thought I had it, but I ended up reading a blog post that pretty much shut me down. Now I'm back at the start and ...
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Design tips for a program with GUI's for basic, intermediate, advanced & expert users [closed]

I've been asked to develop a program with four interchangeable GUI's so that users can switch from basic to intermediate to advanced to expert mode seamlessly and at will. I have a good understanding ...
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Is there an effective way for creating complex forms?

While creating a 'search' form I've been faced to an overwhelming complexity and I was wondering whether there is a well-known way to accomplish such task. Fields of the form in question can be seen ...
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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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How to outsource the UI of a dynamic Web application?

I have a web application developed using Spring and Hibernate, which uses a REST API and Javascript to display and update content. The project is nearly completed, but I want to enhance the look and ...
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How do I tell a user that bps means bits per second or bytes per second?

I'm writing an application that deals with the network and the hard drive. For the network portion, the application measures in bits per second, while the disk portion measures in bytes per second. ...
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How to maintain standard quality of images uploaded by many users?

We're developing a site where individuals (store owners) will be able to take pictures and upload to the site. Our biggest concern is the variance in quality of pictures across the site. The options ...
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Why do we still use a programming language instead of using just SQL? [duplicate]

In database managements systems lecture, my professor said that we can use Oracle etc. ui designing tools instead of using Visual C# or etc. He added that SQL is as strong as a programming language. ...
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Toolkit for cross-platform applications in Python [closed]

I would like to develop cross-platform GUI applications, which work on both Linux and Windows systems. I am now confused on which toolkit to use. I asked many of them and each one are saying different ...
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Am I handling my exceptions in a sensible manner?

I'm still restructuring the code I have been given to update on my current work project, and I've come to the point where I'm looking at how the code handles an 'exceptional' input, that doesn't ...
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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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Criteria for selecting MigLayout for GUI code?

It seems to be easier to use and more feature rich than standard swing layouts. It looks like a do it all replacement for all standard layouts. If you are making simple code to just show the time in a ...
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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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Time limit on user input

I am trying to put a time limit on the user input, so if they take longer than 2 seconds to put type in an input then the program will terminate. I was wondering if there is a simple way to do this in ...
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System evolution approach: gradual or cataclysmic?

When working on established systems, I've often found ways to improve a user interface to maximize user efficiency (example: legacy app maintenance screen doesn't allow multi-line operations where ...
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How Should “Undo Typing” Behave?

I'm implementing a Java app that includes an Undo/Redo stack. I've noticed that some apps (such as TextEdit on Mac OS X) let you choose "Undo Typing" from the Edit Menu after typing some text. I'd ...
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Polling and control devices

I am in the early stages of planning for an input device which will consist of some as-yet-to-be determined number pf physical controls. From previous experience with such devices I have found that it ...
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creating simple states for a stateless input

Given an input device (basically a keyboard) that reports keyup and keydown, how may I most efficiently store and retrieve information about which keys are currently depressed? My first thought was a ...