Adaptive Path (JJG) – AJAX a new approach to web applications

Jess James Garrett’s article (from 2005) explaining what AJAX is and what it isn’t is a guide starter for any of you out there who would still like to know why this approach has become such a buzz-word. It is of course, like many tools, immensely useful if used in the right way. What frustrates me often is when people say “I want it to be done with AJAX” or “make it AJAXy” as if AJAX were in and of itself something concrete.

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FoUIE – Folksonomies, a User-Driven Approach to Organizing Content

I’d be interested to know if anyone has had success using folksonomies in a corporate environment? There is an interesting cultural shift in control that would be needed and I suspect it would take a fairly forward looking company to do it!

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UIE – Seven Common Usability Testing Mistakes

Another great tip from Jared Spool of UIE.

You’ll hear me say it’s not rocket science all this Usability malarky… and it’s true. It’s also true that it is easy to make simple mistakes that can make a big difference to the effectiveness of what you are doing. When it comes to Usability testing, facilitating the user interview is definitely a skill that needs to be honed. Jared’s article shows us that there is more to the test than just good facilitation…
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Site Point – How To Recruit Usability Test Participants

A basic introduction to recruiting usability test participants from a real on-the-ground perspective. Remember that if you are not strapped for budget then using a market-research agency to recruit your participants will probably give you a lot more control, I think the point of this article is that… there are other ways of doing it if you’re on a budget.
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