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Sessions at SDD 2014 about UI

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Monday 19th May 2014

  • .NET programmers and architects: here are your options

    by Oliver Sturm

    You’re a programmer or an architect with experience in the Microsoft .NET environment? Your world view has changed considerably in recent times! Client UI is being repositioned, technologies like XAML and HTML unified in an architectural sense, and the HTML/JavaScript platform provides new opportunities, but also great challenges. Data access is no longer the same and what about service orientation? At least we still need a powerful web server. Or do we?

    This full-day workshop sets out to describe the choices and opportunities available to programmers and architects alike, from a technical viewpoint with a .NET background. There will be room for questions, discussions and your own ideas!

    At 9:30am to 5:30pm, Monday 19th May

    In Barbican Centre

  • UX design for developers

    by Dave Wheeler

    Increasingly, developers have to work with technologies that are created with designers in mind. WPF, Silverlight, Windows Phone and Windows 8 all benefit from having a designer on the team.
    Which is a shame, as the majority of the teams don’t have a designer.

    This highly interactive workshop will kick-start your inner designer. Covering everything from the Savannah Principle to A/B Testing, and a host of stuff in between, you will leave this workshop with some practical skills in the areas of UI and UX design.

    You’ll need to bring a laptop or tablet, something portable that you can take pictures with, and pen and paper to get the most out of the exercises. Plus you’ll need to bring plenty of imagination and a willingness to step out from being a mere developer.

    At 9:30am to 5:30pm, Monday 19th May

    In Barbican Centre

  • Writing great Windows Store apps in XAML and C#

    by Jeff Prosise

    For Windows developers, Windows Store apps are the future. This compelling new model can be used to write apps that run on desktops, tablets, and devices with other form factors.

    In this pre-conference seminar, learn the essentials of writing Windows Store apps in XAML and C#, including how to craft modern UIs, how to build great touch interfaces, how to make your app come alive with live tiles and background tasks, how to integrate with the charms bar by implementing contracts, and a whole lot more.

    At 9:30am to 5:30pm, Monday 19th May

    In Barbican Centre

Tuesday 20th May 2014

  • Designing for mobile

    by Nathaniel T. Schutta

    The word just came down from the VP – you need a mobile app and you need it yesterday. Wait, you’ve never built a mobile app… it’s pretty much the same thing as you’ve built before just smaller right? Wrong. The mobile experience is different and far less forgiving. How do you design an application for touch? How does that differ from a mouse? Should you build a mobile app or a mobile web site? This talk will get you started on designing for a new, and exciting, platform. Whether that means iPhone, Android, Windows Phone or something else, you need a plan. This talk will help.

    At 11:30am to 1:00pm, Tuesday 20th May

    In Barbican Centre

  • Improving web performance

    by Robert Boedigheimer

    This session will start with a traditional ASP.NET web site and show step by step how to improve it for both client experience and scalability. Review the basics of caching and learn how to avoid costly server round trips by using expirations to maximize use of the client’s browser and also reduce server side execution time with data caching on the server. Use HTTP compression, minification of JavaScript and CSS, and image optimization to reduce client downloads by 50-75%. Take advantage of free CDN networks to host jQuery and Ajax files. See how tools such as Fiddler and Google Page speed can be used to help diagnose and verify improvements. Use jQuery to lazy load images only as they are about to be displayed. Learn the techniques that can have the largest impact on web performance with the least amount of work.

    At 11:30am to 1:00pm, Tuesday 20th May

    In Barbican Centre

  • AngularJS for .NET developers

    by Christian Weyer

    Not sure which UI technology to build on? In recent years several frameworks for the development of large and maintainable HTML5/JavaScript applications have popped up in the market. One of the most successful and widely used is Google’s AngularJS.

    In this session you will learn how to apply it to develop business applications in a way that resembles the well-known MVVM model from WPF and Silverlight. Separate the view from the logic and “feel good” with JavaScript. Christian Weyer shows you what structured, maintainable and testable applications today may look like on the web platform, whether desktop or mobile.

    At 2:00pm to 3:30pm, Tuesday 20th May

    In Barbican Centre

  • Smart UX design for smart phones

    by Tobias Komischke

    Designing for smart phones is not the same as designing for desktop or web applications. While many fundamental user experience design principles can be applied 1:1, there are unique factors that impact the UI design. This session provides concrete and applicable design considerations specifically for smart phones. The following topics will be addressed together with examples:

    *Special considerations for small form factors (navigation & user flow, providing orientation, rich interactions, notifications vs. alarms, data entry, text size etc.)

    *Special considerations for the context of use (one hand usage, usage while walking, contrast and glare effects, environmental noise impact)

    *Ways to mitigate the drawbacks of touch screens; recommendations on gestures and touch target sizes, etc.

    *Walking the line between ideating novel design and adhering to phone OS UI guidelines such as Microsoft’s Metro style guide

    At 4:00pm to 5:30pm, Tuesday 20th May

    In Barbican Centre

  • The HTML5 canvas API

    by Jeff Prosise

    The canvas API brings rich 2D graphics to the Web platform and is universally supported by HTML5 browsers. Learn how the API works and how you can use it to build rich, interactive UIs that wouldn’t have been possible just a few years ago.

    At 4:00pm to 5:30pm, Tuesday 20th May

    In Barbican Centre

Wednesday 21st May 2014

  • A finger is not a fat mouse pointer!

    by Dave Wheeler

    Touch is one of the most misunderstood aspects of modern user interface design. In this talk, you will learn how to build user interfaces that work with all forms of input: mouse, keyboard, stylus and touch.

    You’ll see how to adapt the UI to work across different form factors; consider aspects such as momentum and inertia; and see how with a small amount of work you can create a truly responsive interactive UI.

    At 11:30am to 1:00pm, Wednesday 21st May

    In Barbican Centre

  • Sci-Fi UI

    by Dave Wheeler

    Why is it that UIs in films always look so cool, yet the stuff on the PC that you work with on a daily basis looks so bad?

    In this talk, you will learn how to master styles, templates, triggers and VSM to the extent that you can create out-of-this-world application interfaces.

    Be prepared to be blown away.

    At 4:00pm to 5:30pm, Wednesday 21st May

    In Barbican Centre

Thursday 22nd May 2014