Usable Software… by Alexandru Bolboaca [Leanpub PDF/iPad/Kindle]
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Last updated on 2016-06-09

About the Book

This book talks about combining UX techniques with software design techniques to obtain design qualities similar to those of usability.

About the Author

Alexandru Bolboaca
Alexandru Bolboaca

I am the CTO of Mozaic Labs, which means I'm mostly doing programming, coaching and training. Same things that I did, and continue doing, for customers.

About the Contributors

Maria Diaconu
Maria Diaconu

Editor, Supporter

Rebecca Wirfs-Brock
Rebecca Wirfs-Brock

Editor, Supporter

Reader Testimonials

Mani Sarkar
Mani Sarkar

SOFTWARE CRAFTSMAN at CODURANCE, ACTIVE MEMBER OF DEVELOPER COMMUNITIES, blogging at https://neomatrix369.wordpress.com/

This topic is important, as many of us struggle to understand it, leave alone apply it. And Alex has written about it so lucidly and explained it illustrating and giving examples wherever possible. This book has helped me clarify and understand a topic objectively and put me to ease - about doing things a certain way was fine. He has responded constructively to my feedback. A "must have" book, if you value the solutions you build for your client, not only care about the code you craft.

Alessandro Baffa
Alessandro Baffa

Software Craftsman & Advocate, editor of Software Craftsmanship Newsletter

I have never thought about applying the criteria of UX and usability in the code I write. This book opens up new perspectives not only on how you think about the design of software, but also on the environment that enables you to write it. Putting the developers at the center of the design of software has a lot of fascinating consequences that are extremely well explained in this book. Despite it is a relatively short reading it has so much food for thoughts. Really recommended!

Mike Ritchie
Mike Ritchie

Developer and Technical Coach, working at 13coders

This is a refreshing take on software development and design. Alex presents software development parallels with the UX world : personas, flows, feedback, usability & navigability. Although focused on the human experience with code, it's also grounded in practical business concerns. More than any book I've read recently, it resonates with real-world development experience. I highly recommend this : it's so rarely that such a different perspective comes along on how we view code and design.

Stefan Seegers
Stefan Seegers

Software-Craftsman, former Smalltalk Developer, Sailor

This inspiring book is not about concrete code as classic books on software design - "Design Patterns" or "Refactoring". It's about the users of the code, the developers, and how to evaluate usability of your code. Based upon asking simple but helpful questions you will be guided to identify parts of your system that have usable design and parts that have not. Alex provides helpful advice on acting upon those results. e.g. by making a team agreement. Made me thinking a lot, glad I've read it!

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Electronic Frontier Foundation

Defending your civil liberties in a digital world.
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Based in San Francisco, EFF is a donor-supported membership organization working to protect fundamental rights regardless of technology.

From the Internet to the iPod, technologies are transforming our society and empowering us as speakers, citizens, creators, and consumers. When our freedoms in the networked world come under attack, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the first line of defense. EFF broke new ground when it was founded in 1990—well before the Internet was on most people's radar—and continues to confront cutting-edge issues defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights today. From the beginning, EFF has championed the public interest in every critical battle affecting digital rights.

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