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Cooper, who designed Visual Basic (the programming environment Microsoft promotes for the purpose of creating good user interfaces), indulges in too much name-dropping and self-congratulation (Cooper attributes the quote, "How did you do that?" to Microsoft chairman Bill Gates, upon looking at one of Cooper's creations)--but this appears to be de rigueur in books about the software industry. But those asides are minor. More valuable is the discourse about software design and implementation ("[O]bject orientation divides the 1000-brick tower into 10 100-brick towers."). Read this book for an idea of what's wrong with UI design. --David Wall
Topics covered: User interfaces--good ones and bad ones--and where they come from. Also, how to improve the ones you create.
Over half of the beginning of the book is a giant wake up call showing what's wrong with the way that software is (and is not) designed. Read morePublished 3 months ago by David Foster
Cooper has a tremendous insight from multiple experiences and points of view. Who is this for? Anyone involved in producing software: a programmer, designer, product manager, owner... Read morePublished 5 months ago by WGTECH
If you write, design, test, use, or touch software in anyway you probably should read this book.
This put into works frustrations I've had as a developer for over 20... Read more
This book completely changed the way I think about designing software. The concepts apply to more than just software though. I highly recommend any engineer to read this book.Published 10 months ago by Kennedy Bushnell