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ESI - Full page caching with Symfony2

Launched about a month ago, techup.ch runs on the Symfony2 PHP framework, which is still undergoing heavy development but is already a great framework. Full page caching basics Don't get me wrong, the framework is fast, pages are rendered by our fairly modest server in 40-50ms on average, so it hardly needs …

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Written by Jordi Boggiano - - Aggregated on Thursday December 9, 2010


Myth #28: White space is wasted space

White space or “negative space”, referring to the empty space between and around elements of a design or page layout, is often overlooked and neglected. Although many may consider it a waste of valuable screen estate, white space is an essential element in web design and “is to be regarded as an active element, not …

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Written by UX Myths - - Aggregated on Wednesday December 1, 2010


Myth #27: UX design is about usability

Designing for the user experience has a lot more to it than making a product usable. Usability allows people to easily accomplish their goals. UX design covers more than that, it’s about giving people a delightful and meaningful experience. A good design is pleasurable, thoughtfully crafted, makes you happy, and …

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Written by UX Myths - - Aggregated on Wednesday November 10, 2010


Myth #26: Usability testing = focus groups

When it comes to collecting feedback from users, usability tests and focus groups are often confused although their goals are completely different. Focus groups assess what users say: a number of people gather in order to discuss their feelings, attitudes and thoughts on a given topic to reveal their motivations and …

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Written by UX Myths - - Aggregated on Friday October 15, 2010


Speaking at the IPC and WebTechCon

Next week the International PHP Conference and the WebTechCon will happen both in Mainz, Germany. I will speak at both events over the three days and the good news is that the combined 100 sessions are available for attendees of both conferences. My only talk as part of the IPC is entitled Of knowledge sharing …

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Written by Jordi Boggiano - - Aggregated on Thursday October 7, 2010


Symfony2 Presentation

Last weekend at the PHP Unconference in Hamburg I gave a talk showing an overview of the Symfony2 framework . The allowed 45min were way too short to say everything I wanted to say and I didn't really have time to prepare slides so it was a bit messy, apologies for that. Yesterday I did an internal training at …

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Written by Jordi Boggiano - - Aggregated on Wednesday September 29, 2010


PHP Console in Your Browser

So-called interactive modes for scripting languages are commonly used in the command line, and they are great for quick tests, but most of the time when I try something it tends to grow and quickly becomes painful to handle in a CLI one-liner. Since I spend most of my days programming PHP I tend to need that a lot …

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Written by Jordi Boggiano - - Aggregated on Thursday September 23, 2010


Switching on my WLAN with my phone

It all started when my router began to crash every few days. All my connections would drop, and misery ensued. I disabled WLAN/Wi-Fi and it stopped crashing, so I was happy. But then my laptop's range became limited, and my phone sucked up my precious data plan, which wasn't ideal either. Now the router I got is …

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Written by Jordi Boggiano - - Aggregated on Wednesday September 22, 2010


Myth #23: Choices should always be limited to 7+/-2

Limiting the number of menu tabs or the number of items in a dropdown list to the George Miller’s magic number 7 is a false constraint. Miller’s original theory argues that people can keep no more than 7 (plus or minus 2) items in their short-term memory. On a webpage, however, the information is visually present, …

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Written by UX Myths - - Aggregated on Tuesday August 10, 2010


Myth #22: Usability testing is expensive

Many organizations still believe usability testing is a luxury that requires an expensively equipped lab and takes weeks to conduct. In fact, usability tests can be both fast and relatively cheap. You don’t need expensive prototypes; low-tech paper prototype tests can also bring valuable results. You don’t need a …

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Written by UX Myths - - Aggregated on Monday July 19, 2010


Myth #21: People can tell you what they want

Many organizations still rely on asking people what changes they’d like to see in their website or service, neglecting historical research failures like the New Coke or the Aeron chair. When asking people, you have to be aware that people make confident but false predictions about their future behavior, especially …

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Written by UX Myths - - Aggregated on Monday June 28, 2010


Myth #20: If it works for Amazon, it will work for you

Although Amazon has features that are both excellent and well-proven, they won’t necessarily work on any e-commerce website. Let’s take their customer reviews for example. Target.com bought Amazon’s customer review software. Jared Spool demonstrates that, despite using the same exact software and interface, Target.com …

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Written by UX Myths - - Aggregated on Sunday June 20, 2010


Myth #17: The homepage is your most important page

Usability experts, including Jakob Nielsen, have long argued that your homepage is the most valuable real estate of your website. As a result, lots of web designers and developers still spend most of their time on the design of the home page. This, in fact, is no longer the case, as users’ browsing and searching …

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Written by UX Myths - - Aggregated on Sunday June 20, 2010


Myth #18: Flash used to be evil

Note, this post was written more than 4 years ago. In the earlier years of the internet, many web designers preferred overusing Flash animations, ignoring users with slow internet connections or without Flash player. These early implementations often neglected basic usability principles, too, therefore the whole …

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Written by UX Myths - - Aggregated on Sunday June 20, 2010