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Best practice with error messages say what is wrong, or how to remedy the error?

I've had a quick search and probably explaining the situation is why I can't find anythign useful to help me. It's best to describe the sitation with an example! Take a form where a user must input a ...
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Why would patient management systems not assert limits for certain biometric data?

I think many people with even a small experience in designing UI/UX to handle user data will be familiar with the perils of putting in input field/database limits for personal data, such as names. ...
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Should I force users to update an application?

I'm writing an application for a medium sized company that will be used by about 90% of our employees and our clients. In planning for the future we decided to add functionality that will verify that ...
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App Design - Engagement Type selected at beginning, or Radio buttons mid-request?

I am building an app wherein a user will be requesting one of three engagement types: Appointment (no SLA) Consult (2hr SLA) Emergency (10mins SLA) We are considering two different scenarios for ...
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How does Robert Martin's “Clean Architecture” deal with Progressive Web Apps (PWAs)?

According to Robert C. Martin's "Clean Architecture" you should try to structure your system in such a way as to separate low-level concerns from high-level domain concepts. Following this ...
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How do you effectively track the history of changes to a text field in the database on a content editing platform?

Say I have a website/platform that allows people to submit business names in order to build a high quality business name database. You can apply this to any subject or topic, such as building a ...
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Should an e-commerce application reserve products before attempting payment?

I'm designing an e-commerce application and I'm concerned about users occasionally experiencing this: A user orders a product and is redirected to the payment processor. While the user is paying, ...
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Is it fine to trap users in a dialog until they enter valid values into components? [closed]

Assume I have a modal dialog where I allow the user to change values of an encapsulated configuration through different UI components and I want to save the effort to implement a validation per ...
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Should I decouple MySQL database?

I have two sites, one is a subdomain of the other. They both do different things entirely with one unifying goal. My intent is to have the main site do a majority of the heavy lifting, and the ...
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Vector graphics are smaller in file size and more scalable than raster, why vector graphics are not used more often in web and mobile app development?

As in the topic. If yes - why, if no - why? I never seen it recommended in any android/web development tutorials to use vector graphics instead of your usual PNGs and JPGs and I find it odd. I checked ...
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In a flow chart, is there a convention on directionality of true/false conditions from a decision?

When writing a flow chart, I can understand that it is a best practice to generally read left-to-right or right-to-left per locale, and/or top-to-bottom and generally for the directional flow of the ...
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Is it appropriate to include an option to edit multiple rows at once for a CRUD page?

Let's say we have a situation in which we have a particular entity, for example an User which has a set of related entities e.g Book. At some point in time, a group of users phisically receives a new ...
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How do you alleviate stale data in a multi-user web application?

Displayed data can be changed in the underlying database by any user. How do you show the change to all the other users? For instance, I have database tables for building and associated rooms. Any ...
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Is it good or bad practice to use the user email in two separate columns of the user SQL table?

I'm fairly new to web development and I have a bit of a weird question. I'm currently working on a personal project that may or may not eventually become a real, commercialized product. In my ...
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Offline-Login Procedure in PWA

I have kind of a unique usecase: Phones that are used to connect to the app might be shared Connections are very unstable (sometimes no connection for half a day) Data should be accessible through ...
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Should clicking already selected UI item be handled normally or ignored?

Lets say you have a user-interface with a tree view, and you click on already selected item. Should the click-event be handled normally or ignored (since the item is already selected)? Lets also ...
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Provide overall application status in global exception handler/crash report

In my UI application (WPF/C#, using MVVM design pattern), I have implemented a global exception handler which catches all unexpected (hence uncaught) exceptions and reports the application crash to ...
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How much front-end design must be done before every Sprint in Scrum?

I'm a front-end developer working as a member of an agile team. I have no clue how much of UI/UX must be done before every sprint and how much of it I can postpone for later.
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balance between UI responsiveness and avoiding race conditions

To keep scope small I will talk about UI race conditions initiated by the same user in the same app sessions. The question is general and not specific to mobile, web or desktop UI. The issue Modern ...
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Is there a guideline on writing message that are shown to users of an app?

Is there any guideline on writing message which are shown to the user of an app using toast? For example, if an error occurred, should the app display Failed writing to the file or Failed ...
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Approach to designing maintainable, yet informative, user notification messages

I am facing a design problem related to the design of the user notification messages to be used in a web application. Just for the record, I am working in a JS environment and use a json structure to ...
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Should a Product Owner be responsible for an initial prototype?

Is it typical that a Product Owner (or even a BA) creates a high-level prototype/wireframe of a system based on the requirements document to ensure that the requirements are clear enough to start ...
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Are animations and other eye candies considered non-functional requirements?

I've seen many lists on the internet that includes many 'ities' (maintainability, scalability, portability, etc), but I'm not sure if animations, screen transitions, and similar features are ...
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So I am creating a user registration system with oauth login to four services. How do I handle username selection?

My registration system normally asks for 4 things: The user's full name, their email, their preferred username, and a password. I want to add four oauth2 registration services to make it easier and ...
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How can programmers improve their UX skills? [closed]

As programmers we can solve very complex problems, but then, when we have to design a user interface we tend to fail on making them easy to use. In small companies they can’t afford having designers ...
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How much information about an error should be shown to the user?

Applications can always throw errors. If such an error occurs, the user should be notified, because what he asked the application to do has not succeeded. However, how much information should the ...
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what to do when UX asks for an ugly, convoluted event driven design and you don't know how to implement it in a clean manner?

I have been tasked with creating a desktop client application that fetches data from web apis and presents it to the user. During the last month or so, I've spent most of my time and energy bringing ...
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GIT - how to confirm repository ownership

I am starting a new service that would be an abstraction on top of git repositories. Basically, a user would sign up and Add Project (GitHub/GitLab/BitBucket repository). The tricky part for me is ...
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Why terminals only allow character-cell displays

In wondering about math fonts in the terminal, I started to realize that you can't really have pixel-perfect graphics in the terminal: How to draw a single pixel in a terminal? Terminal with image ...
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Web designer equivalent in Android and iOS worlds?

When web came, for years designers would create stunning designs in Photoshop, and developers would try to translate those designs to HTML/CSS/JS. This had many problems with itself. Lack of ...
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Ideal AB testing architecture to optimize for engagement

I'm pushing out a new feature soon that has a lot of different UX components. The key metric that I want to track is user engagement (I have the equation for what this means for me and how to measure ...
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Optimistic rendering imposes duplication of logic?

If you're working on a client side mobile application, for a smoother UX, optimistic rendering is encouraged. This is where the application makes UI updates based on user requests that get sent to the ...
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Storing an id of a shopping cart in a cookie for unauthenticated user

I want to implement the "shopping cart" feature on my website. Both anonymous/unauthenticated and authenticated can have it. While it's clear how to implement it for an authenticated user, it's not ...
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What's the best way to store class/type info in a plugin system in your software?

There are lots of applications like 3ds Max, Maya, etc that allows you to use plugins, where even the default nodes are created as plugins. This is all good but if the developer changes the class/...
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Is it better to blindly match the project requirements or to match the spirit of the project requirements

You know what they're asking for. You know what they really want. However, technically the way they wrote it is with a litmus test of requirements that don't match what they want because they don't ...
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How do you manage date-ranges, when datatypes include time?

How does one conceptually manage date-ranges, specifically the ending-date when there is a time-component involved (as in JavaScripts Date, C# DateTime, MS-SQLs datetime2). For example, humans ...
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Security concept for a wiki-like application

I created a wiki-like application. Currently, there is no security, so all the contents have "edit"-buttons where the user can edit everything. Now, I want my application to have a public read-only ...
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Software User Personas [closed]

I work for a small startup, < 10 employees. Each of them comes from a very different industry and most are not engineers. This, as you can imagine ignites argument after argument that our product ...
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What kind of documentation should UX designers provide to the developer?

It would be interesting to hear what is used besides sketches from UX engineers during development of a GUI. Unfortunately our UX team provides just a minimum of requirements for GUI screens. I ...
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How to model parent status with individual child statuses

I'm creating an application that allows you to input Orders, an order has some basic information: who ordered it, what date, etc. It also has a list of line items that are ordered. Each line item can (...
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User Interface design for selecting elements from big lists

I am not to sure if this is a question which fits the topics of software engineering. I have two levels of objects "Categories" and "Category Values". I need to build a user interface for users to ...
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How to document a Software whose requirements are poorly managed? [closed]

Let's say I have a complex software product about which the information or knowledge is scattered all over the organization that built it. There are requirements and features about which even the ...
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What's the suitable pattern to create a wrapper around the content of the application

I want to wrap every next web application with A top menu and right menu like this : Every new application should be integrated in this master wrapper. I thought to create a master page for the ...
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Should a single failure fail a bulk operation?

In the API I'm working on there's a bulk delete operation which accepts an array of IDs: ["1000", ..., "2000"] I was free to implement the delete operation as I saw fit, so I decided to make the ...
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Getting pure feedback early, without damaging brand by exposing unpolished features

Getting useful feedback early in the development cycle gets you to a high-quality feature faster. And the most useful feedback can be in the form of users actually using something in the wild, ...
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How should I balance memory with network latency on a paginated table?

A web application I'm working on has a tool that queries a database and returns up to several thousand rows. When considering pagination, at what point does it make more sense to get the entire result ...
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How to determine the reason why Firefox has poor performance on my web application?

I am developing a complex web application, which is working fine on Chrome and IE, but recently has developed huge performance issues on Firefox which lead us to block it's usage completely to avoid a ...
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How to handle a complete UI redesign of a web product? [closed]

Sorry for the codeless post, but I am wondering how to handle a complete UI redesign for a big web product? Maybe somebody have experience and could actually determine the steps on how you would do ...
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Should web forms allow invalid input?

When completing online forms, many online applications will instruct users how to format their input, detect whether the input is formatted correctly, and issue error messages if it's entered "wrong" ...
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Should a developer do UI mockups if there are no designers in the project?

I'm working with a small team that creates a proprietary web application and UX isn't much of a priority since our own people will be the ones operating it, but we do try to make their jobs easier. ...