Software for Use

Software for Use

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In the quest for quality, software developers have long focused on improving the internal architecture of their products. Larry L. Constantine--who originally created structured design to effect such improvement--now joins with well-known consultant Lucy A. D. Lockwood to turn the focus of software development to the external architecture. In this book, they present the models and methods of a revolutionary approach to software that will help programmers deliver more usable software--software that will enable users to accomplish their tasks with greater ease and efficiency. Recognizing usability as the key to successful software, Constantine and Lockwood provide concrete tools and techniques that programmers can employ to meet that end. Much more than just another set of rules for good user-interface design, this book guides readers through a systematic software development process. This process, called usage-centered design, weaves together two major threads in software development methods: use cases (also used with UML) and essential modeling. With numerous examples and case studies of both conventional and specialized software applications, the authors illustrate what has been shown in practice to work and what has proved to be of greatest practical value. Highlights Presents a streamlined process for developing highly usable software Describes practical methods and models successfully implemented in industry Complements modern development practices, including the Unified Process and other object-oriented software engineering approachesIn a surprising number of cases, information can be found more quickly by flipping pages of a manual than by ... may accept just a jewel case with a CD- ROM, but the corporate buyer of a $5, 000 software package may expect to get a big box. ... -leaf notebook, a plastic template, and two pocket summary cards can have far more perceived value than a CD-ROM in a ... Trained technical support staff a€c Printed tutorials a€c On-line tutorials a€c Printed reference manuals a€c Printed user guidesanbsp;...

Title:Software for Use
Author:Larry L. Constantine, Lucy A.D. Lockwood
Publisher:Pearson Education - 1999-04-07


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