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Ajax in Action by Darren James, Eric Pascarello, Dave Crane

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Chapter 6. The user experience

This chapter covers

  • Key features of usable code
  • Common notification features
  • A reusable framework for notifications
  • Highlighting updated data in situ

In chapter 1, we discussed usability, the keystone to any software application. No matter how well organized your codebase and how clever the technical merits of your application, if the usability stinks, you leave a bad association in the user’s mind. This can be grossly unfair, but it’s a fact of life. More people recognize Albert Einstein for his hangdog looks and wild hair than understand what he was trying to say about the nature of space-time. First impressions—and attention to detail—matters.

In chapters 2 to 5, we introduced a lot of cool technology ...

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