Why is it that the apps that should be the most practical and utilitarian often are the most useless and frustrating? Did the developers just phone it in? Were they pressured to include branding over functionality?
David Platt has been a software industry expert for the better part of 3 decades and pulls no punches when it comes to the design and user experience he encounters.
In one section of his latest book, he takes aim at the MBTA commuter rail mobile app and how something that could be useful for millions of people daily was made awful by the failure of its developers to understand their users.
Join us for an evening of enlightening education, engaging conversation, and an opportunity to pick the brain of an industry legend.
David S. Platt teaches programming .NET at Harvard University Extension School and at companies all over the world. He’s the author of 11 programming books, including “Why Software Sucks” (Addison-Wesley Professional, 2006) and “Introducing Microsoft .NET” (Microsoft Press, 2002). Microsoft named him a Software Legend in 2002. He wonders whether he should tape down two of his daughter’s fingers so she learns how to count in octal. You can contact him at rollthunder.com (http://rollthunder.com/).
As usual, pizza will be served about 6:00 PM and the meeting will start at 6:30 PM. If you plan to attend, please RSVP so we know how much pizza to get, and who to contact if there are any changes that need to be communicated.
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