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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

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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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SWT Gantt Chart Widget

Posted on Oct 29, 2011 in Eclipse, Programming, Tools

A couple of weeks ago I integrated the SWT Gantt chart widget in Sorting Thoughts. And I must say it is a really useful SWT widget and it fits perfect in the concept of Sorting Thoughts.

The integration of the widget is very simple and it’s supports some interface reps. abstract classes which helps by the customizing. See AbstractSettings and AbstractLanguageManager. My only problem was to set a new min zoom level because the limit constant in ISettings is not overwriteable. But as workaround it is possible to use the IGanttEventListener. zoomedIn(…) to stop zooming in a not useful zoom level.

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Sorting Thoughts is now available

Posted on Dec 31, 2010 in Eclipse, Productivity, Tools

The final version of Sorting Thoughts (Eclipse RCP based) is now available and ready for test:

Sorting Thoughts” is a personal information and knowledge management software. It is designed to manage your thoughts such as moments of sudden inspirations, tasks, events, projects and anything else you may think of.

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