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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book!, 10 Jun 1999
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This review is from: Java Look and Feel Design Guidelines (Java Series) (Paperback)
I reviewed this book when it was being written and I wanted to share my thoughts.
- The book's approach is VERY useful and appropriate for the intended audience
- Programmers, developers, designers, user interface professionals, graphic designers, technical writers, and managers.
- It is a needed book in the Java world. There are no competitors in the Java platform. Similar books are the Microsoft "Windows Interface Guidelines - A guide for Designing Software" for the DOS, OS/2 and Windows platform, and the Apple "Mac OS Human Interface Guidelines" for the Mac platform.
- This book fills a void in the Java world. The Windows and Macintosh platforms both have industry guidelines documents that serve as the seminal reference books for developers on each platform.
- This book is necessary reading for all Java developers, designers, and interface designers. - I would recommend this book to my many colleagues who are developing Java applets and applications. It is a critical addition to our programming library and list of programming and design books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for web developers, 27 July 1999
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This review is from: Java Look and Feel Design Guidelines (Java Series) (Paperback)
Whereas Windows developers usually have a copy of Microsoft's 'Windows Interface Guidelines for Software Design' to turn to for advice on behaviour and usage of Windows elements, such a resource has been sorely lacking for developers of applications for the internet.
This book fills the gap admirably.
It provides a comprehensive set of guidelines on the use of the various components of an internet application (windows, dialogs, menus, buttons and so on), with detailed descriptions of their appearance and behaviour.
As with any set of guidelines, there are individual elements and recommendations with which one could disagree.
This is an eminently practical and useful book, and I believe it should be on the bookshelf of every developer of internet applications - whether using Java or another tool.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Filling a vacuum of Java UI design space., 30 Jun 1999
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This review is from: Java Look and Feel Design Guidelines (Java Series) (Paperback)
Personally, I think the book is well structured, comprehensive for a technical audience. It gives a lot of examples and detailed guidelines how Java GUIs should look like. As well, there are a lot of hints what to do when designing screens such as dialog boxes which is not totally covered in other GUI styleguides. There are some minor "inconsistencies" concerning which interface widgets should be used e.g. slider control. Another point that should be changed is the use of the default button for "destructive" actions. A further point which should be elaborated is the difference between application and object-oriented user interface design, which is only partially covered. All in all, the guide is worth buying. Due to this minor "inconsistencies" I give four stars.
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