Questions regarding software interaction with its human users.

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Where can I find inspiration for a good user interface? [closed]

I've got a mental block as far as desigining the main screen interface for a desktop application that I'm currently upgrading. When I first developed this program the screen resolution was 640 X 480. ...
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Why do some programmers hate the UI part of the development? [closed]

Lots of programmers that I've met always says that "He is not a UI guy." The fact is that development nowadays, whether web, Windows, Linux, OSX, or any other type of development now comprises ...
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How far should one take e-mail address validation?

I'm wondering how far people should take the validation of e-mail address. My field is primarily web-development, but this applies anywhere. I've seen a few approaches: simply checking if there is ...
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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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How can I improve my user interface and usability design skills?

I invested most my time and resources in programming, and now I think it's time I should invest some time in learning about user interface design, user experience, and usability. What are some good ...
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How much detail is in a good UI regression test?

We use a detailed step-by-step user-interface regression test for our commercial web application. It has a "backbone" test for the most used / most important parts of the system, with optional tests ...
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Trailing forward slash in directory names - good programming practice?

I want to ask the user of my bash script to pass a directory path as argument. Which one of the following is a good programming practice - to require that the user enter a trailing / (forward slash) ...
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Can I use metro style interface in my own web application?

I am wondering if I would need to license the Metro style or if I can just freely use it in my own applications. I mean, is it patented or protected in any way that would prevent me from building my ...