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Dave's Thoughts on UI Design - Index

I’m a big proponent of practical, usable UIs that are easy to understand and pleasant to look at. As an ongoing series,there are a number of blogs postson UI design. How To Design a Great UI Apractical approach to taking a mockup or first cut of aUI, and improving it. Part 1looked at some basic principles of UI design, a typical UI design…
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How To Design a Great UI - Part 3

Welcome back! This is the third post on a series on practical UI design, an approach to creating usable, good-looking UIs when you are not a UX expert. In Part 1, we looked at some basic principles of UI design, a typical UI design workflow, what it means for a UI to be…
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C++ Libraries in GetIt: MurmurHash 3

An ongoing project we have is to ensure more popular, well-known C++ libraries are updated to work with C++Builder, and available to you from within GetIt, our package manager. You may have seen a post earlier this year about real-world (non-demo) apps that you can use with…
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How To Design a Great UI - Part 2

Welcome back!Last time, we discussed a typical UX design flow, and how to tackle this if you do not have access to a UX designer. We also looked at some key usability principles, and saw an example ‘bad’ user interface that we will improve step by step through this series. Finally, we examined that bad UI and some of the questions and confusion a user might have when interacting with it.
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How To Design a Great UI - Part 1

How do you design a user interface (UI) to be understandable and easy to interact with? In this series, I’ll give some thoughts on good design, combined with examples. This series is intended as practical UI design advice for small teams or individual developers. Many…
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std::out &lt&lt "Happy 35th birthday, C++!"

C++ has a long history, beginning in 1979, with Cpre, which added classes to C. By 1980, it was C with Classes. And then in December of 1983, the term C++ was first used, suggested by Rick Mascitti. That’s thirty-five years ago this year! Read more in this…
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Learn to program C++ with C++Builder Community Edition: #5 Operators, and final application!

Welcome to the fifth and final episode of Learning C++ with C++Builder Starter.Last time, we had a calculator and numerical input, demonstrating using boost::optional, smart pointers, and more. This post is shorter: it will finish the calculator with operators (implementing addition, subtraction, etc) and end with a full application, ready to move to cross-platform if you wish. Operators The…
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Learn to program C++ with C++Builder Community Edition: #2, Building and Debugging

Welcome to the second blog post in the ‘Learning to program with C++Builder’ series – a set of five articles taking you from knowing nothing about C++ to writing a real-world, useful application. Thefirst entry covered installing C++Builder Community. Now it’s time to start using it! Today, we’ll cover the tools you use, creating your first app, and basic…
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