Monthly Archives: June 2007

Making of a Web App: Part 10 – UI Evolution and Screenshots on Flickr

Making of a Web App is Synap Software’s step-by-step look at designing and developing a web app. In this article I share one iteration of an evolution of web application design layouts for PlaybookIQ. I set up a flickr photostream to show screenshots as they evolved. Read the rest of this blog entry first, and […]

Making of a Web App: Part 11 – Reduce and Refine the UI

Making of a Web App is Synap Software’s step-by-step look at designing and developing a web app. In this article I show an example of reducing and refining an interface. Reduce to: Make it easier for people using the application. Remove unneccessary clutter. Expose the level of development work required. Are the easiest way to […]

Business of Software Conference 2007

It’s an impressive speaker line up at the Business of Software Conference, October 29th and 30th in San Jose. Scheduled to speak: Guy Kawasaki, Joel Spolsky, Eric Sink, Rick Chapman, Bill Buxton, Jeffrey Pfeffer, Hugh MacLeod, Dan Nunan, Tim Lister, Jennifer Aaker and others to be announced. In the words of organizer Neil Davidson:In October […]

Making of a Web App: Part 9 – Why I Hope No One Reads My Use Cases

Making of a Web App is Synap Software’s step-by-step look at designing and developing a web app. In this article I share why, despite best attempts by the anti-paperwork crowd, I like written use cases. Use cases: Contribute directly to the final, deployed app. Expose risks to simplicity. Expose the level of development work required. […]

Is Anyone Else Seeing Duplicates?

I’m asking for some help. If you can help me troubleshoot this, please respond in the comments section of this post. Is anyone else seeing my blog posts duplicated in their reader? Has it been going on for a while? What reader are you using? Have you ever experienced this on your blog and what […]

Why a Big Budget Will Kill Your Software Project

Money, get away. Get a good job with good pay and you’re okay. Money, its a gas. Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash. New car, caviar, four star daydream, Think I’ll buy me a football team. Everyone, sing it with me: New box, database, VP daydream, Think I’ll buy me an […]

Making of a Web App: Part 8 – Styleguide

Making of a Web App is Synap Software’s step-by-step look at designing and developing a web app. In this article we get a little bit ahead of ourselves and talk about styleguides. Early PlaybookIQ Styleguide decisions: Use of the International Style Tab-based navigation Persistent search box A styleguide communicates an application’s look and feel, including […]