Application design is the biggest field of endeavour in technology at the moment. It seems that ever since Apple launched the iPhone that clever people are coming together to try and make our lives ever more interesting via the various app stores. Yet, there are some simple things that these wonderful folks could do to improve our overall user experience.
Common sense is a funny thing. It’s something that we all seem to believe comes easily; even when the evidence of our own eyes tells us this is anything but true. In a world where hot drinks come with a warning; “Caution: This drink may be hot!” and where a clothes iron explains; “Do not iron clothes whilst wearing them.” one thing we can be certain of is that common sense is in short supply.
Shy People in User Testing
Shy people aren’t deliberately problematic. They are generally decent, kind people who are genuinely interested in helping you with your research. The trouble is that they tend to shy away from giving you much in the way of data too.
If you write any language that is based on using any type of bracket —
() — you often find yourself asking which closing bracket belongs to the opening one. And while we have great packages like Bracket Highlighter, this tip is baked right into Sublime Text.
When you have your cursor on any bracket, type Ctrl + M and Sublime will jump your cursor to the matching open or close bracket. No need to visually inspect your indentation, just jump back and forth with this!
To select all instances of a word, simply double click the word so that it is highlighted and press the keyboard combo for Quick Find All. On a mac, this is ⌘ + Ctrl + G, on Windows and Linux this is Alt + F3.