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Sorting Thoughts for iOS completed

Posted on Dec 11, 2014 in iOS, Programming

Woohoo! Sorting Thoughts for iOS is now available in the App Store :-)

It feels great to have this milestone behind me. And I look forward to many feedback and to the next release of the desktop version. With Sorting Thoughts for Mac and PC 2.0 the sync cycle will be closed and Sorting Thoughts will be a great tool on desktop and iOS devices with a secure and private sync service.

Sorting Thoughts on iOS

Download on the App Store

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Lean Design Critique

Posted on Nov 15, 2014 in Eclipse, Process, Tools

Optimize UX when Design Time is Limited – Eclipse Con 2014 Talk by Tracy Miranda

Eclipse tools for scientific and related industries are often feature rich. However, there is often limited time and/or budget for optimizing the user-experience of these tools. Lean design critique is a 7-step technique to get the most worthwhile optimizations in a short space of time.

This talk follows a case study of applying this technique to the function fitting tool in the Data Analysis WorkbeNch (DAWN). Data Analysis WorkbeNch (DAWN – http://www.dawnsci.org/) is an Eclipse based workbench for doing scientific data analysis used at synchrotrons and scientific facilities throughout Europe. The function fitting tool is a scientific tool that enables the user to methodically find the best fit (in terms of a mathematical function like linear or Gaussian) for a series of data points. This tool was run through the seven stages, namely:
1. Identify the 90% task
2. Do a Cognitive Walkthrough
3. Analyse Eye Travel, Mouse Travel & Clicks
4. Analyse Screen Space Usage
5. Explore Existing Designs
6. Optimize
7. Rerun Analysis

see also:

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Static Code Analysis with Xcode

Posted on Jun 14, 2014 in iOS, Programming, Tools

Xcode comes with a static code analysis tool which can help to find the following issues:

  • Logic flaws, such as accessing uninitialized variables and dereferencing null pointers
  • Memory management flaws, such as leaking allocated memory
  • Dead store (unused variable) flaws
  • API-usage flaws that result from not following the policies required by the frameworks and libraries the project is using

see also Apple iOS Developer Guide

A nice feature is the presentation of the problem in separated steps, so it is really easy to reconstruct the detected problem.

xcode static

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