Saving time: To code or not to code?

Today’s XKCD comic (4/29/2013) asked the question, “How long can you work on making a routine task more efficient before you’re spending more time than you save?”

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Feature request: Recurs Thursday of first full week of June

I have a suggestion for a popular calendar application when it comes to recurring events. Allow the user to select a third option: designate a day of the week in the nth full week of the month. As you can see in my screenshot I have the ability to select two options in date selection […]

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Verbally Walk Through User Steps

When designing web or app functionality steps to be taken by the user, write out the steps, read the steps out loud, and see if at any point you stop and go, “this is ridiculously long.”

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Don’t get sucked down the development time hole

Time is not unlimited. If given time, we could spend 40 hours a week for eternity improving our projects whether they are code, applications, or services. The key to development is to prioritize and iterate. Development can be a huge time waster if you don’t have goals. Just like spending time on Facebook, gaming, or […]

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Procrastination isn’t always for things you DON’T like

I love coding, I love processing data, and I love complex puzzles–However, I HATE looking forward to them. I was recently disturbed to realize I was procrastinating when it came to the things I loved to work on. I’ve been a student most of my life (29 of my 33 years) so procrastination isn’t new. […]

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Know your audience

As my department moves toward establishing an internal intranet site using SharePoint, I took interest in Jakob Nielsen’s recent Alertbox article: Does SharePoint Destroy Intranet Design? Luckily the conclusion was it does not destroy design… if done correctly. Even if you aren’t currently in the midst of designing a SharePoint site, or an internal department […]

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