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Web Professional Trends for 2013 – “Mobile UX and Micro-Frameworks” Interview with Larry Ullman

In this six minute interview Larry Ullman is a writer, Web and software developer, trainer, instructor, speaker, and consultant we learn from his perspective on the topic of Web Professional Trends for 2013 as it relates to Mobile UX Micro-Frameworks.

Specifically we learn:

•The need to repeat the demand for mobile ( Mobile first Desktop Second)
•UX for Mobile
•Authentication security concerns for mobile
•Advice for teachers
•Advice for job seekers
•Micro-Frameworks
•About Larry’s favorite books
• More about Larry Ullman

Ten Tips for Designing Mobile UX

According to RedAnt.com, as the mobile channel matures and technologies develop, so too does the field of Mobile User Experience. Good UX is what separates successful apps from unsuccessful ones, and lets small upstarts take on big brands by creating more compelling apps. The article shares ten quick tips that will help you on the way to great mobile design. Even if you’re not involved in the actual design process, knowing these concepts will still help you come up with better concepts and give better feedback to those who do the work. (Note: I refer to apps below, but you can generally interchange with mobile websites freely).

1) Go back to the drawing board ( bottom up)
2) Identify your users (hunters or gatherers)
3) Remember the 80/20 rule ( what functionality is most used)
4) Use task-based design
5) Keep it simple (fast info vs. and instruction manual)
6) Don’t ignore platform UX
7) Capture more than just touch input
8) Design for interruption
9) Remember your design isn’t perfect
10) Above all, follow best practice and your own experience

For full details visit the RedAnt.com website by clicking here.

The Pros and Cons Of JavaScript Micro-Frameworks

Introduction

According to a Micro-Frameworks article written by Addy Somaini, ( http://addyosmani.com/blog/prosconsmicroframeworks/) the concept of the JavaScript micro-framework has always existed, tackling tasks ranging from client-side templating through compact solutions for MVC-architecture and beyond. With an increased recent interest in combining such focused solutions into a custom modularized framework for your production needs (as opposed to say, using a larger library that tackles broader concerns), I thought it would be interesting to take a look at micro-frameworks to find out what the true pros and cons of using them might be.

Why consider micro-frameworks?

Addy Somaini makes the case by saying that, “It’s no secret that with each subsequent release, well-established libraries, frameworks and toolkits increase in size and this has some developers questioning whether the entire stack of functionality provided is required for the average site or project. We live in an age where performance and page-load time are constantly under scrutiny and thus, a developer couldn’t be blamed for attempting to cut down unused code from their site’s overall load.”

The reality is that you may only wish to use a subset of features offered in a library like jQuery (eg. selection, animation) but may not require support for ajax, DOM-associated data storage, deferreds and others. The library may also not provide everything your project needs (it’s naive to think it ever would), however we can appreciate a developer asking whether that 30KB+ download of the library could be replaced with something significantly more modular that does cover more of their own needs.

This is an area where using micro-frameworks can potentially offer the greatest benefit to a project (especially where mobile is specifically targeted). For the full article visit http://addyosmani.com/blog/prosconsmicroframeworks/

Thomas Fuchs has been attempting to make developers more aware of micro-frameworks through efforts such as microjs.com (which you should check out) and there certainly appears to be enough interest in modularized frameworks for a broader discussion on micro-frameworks to keep going.

More about Larry Ullman

Larry Ullman is a writer, Web and software developer, trainer, instructor, speaker, and consultant. He has written 23 books and numerous articles. His books have sold over 350,000 copies world wide in more than 20 languages. As his readers, students, and co-workers can attest, Larry’s strength is in Translating Geek into English: converting the technical and arcane into something comprehensible and useful. For additional information visit http://larryullman.com

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