Michael Gaigg: Über UI/UX Design

5Jan0

New Year’s Resolution: Gift Books (don’t lend them)

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I used to have a rule (you know, a rule helps you solving a problem in your life that you then never have to worry about anymore) that said: never lend a book, always gift it!

I don’t know why or when I stopped applying this rule but my thinking behind it is:

  • You value the book but somebody else values it more at this time
  • Lending it will consume your energy remembering who you lent it to end when
  • The other person constantly feels bad for not returning the book to you up to a point when it becomes real guilt and shame
  • The other person cannot really enjoy the book in fear of marking a page or paragraph or leaving coffee stains

So the solution is: Gift the book! In that way both parties feel good.

8Aug0

Free online book: Dive into HTML5

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Free online book: Dive into HTML5 by Mark Pilgrim.

The paper version is titled HTML5: Up and Running (O'Reilly, via Amazon).

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: Five Things You Should Know About HTML5
  2. A Quite Biased History of HTML5
  3. Detecting HTML5 Features: It’s Elementary, My Dear Watson
  4. What Does It All Mean?
  5. Let’s Call It a Draw(ing Surface)
  6. Video in a Flash (Without That Other Thing)
  7. You Are Here (And So Is Everybody Else)
  8. A Place To Put Your Stuff
  9. Let’s Take This Offline
  10. A Form of Madness
  11. “Distributed,” “Extensibility,” And Other Fancy Words
  12. Manipulating History for Fun & Profit
  13. The All-In-One Almost-Alphabetical No-Bullshit Guide to Detecting Everything
  14. HTML5 Peeks, Pokes and Pointers
17Jun0

Free E-Book: GIS in the Cloud

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GIS in the Cloud

GIS in the Cloud

Matt Artz blogs about Esri's latest release by Victoria Kouyoumjian, Esri’s IT Strategies Architect: "GIS in the Cloud: The New Age of Cloud Computing and Geographic Information Systems".

Download: Download free e-book

Topics covered in the e-book include:

  • What Is Cloud Computing?
  • Cloud Service Models
  • Cloud Benefits
  • Public versus Private Cloud
  • Risks in the Cloud
  • ArcGIS and the Cloud
7Feb0

Go figure: What’s so funny here?

Posted by Michael Gaigg

I can't believe I own this book... and looking back it's really funny that I actually ever purchased it.

Go figure what made me laugh?

Learn Java Now

Learn Java Now

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9Nov0

Web GIS: Principles and Applications [Paperback]

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Web GIS

Web GIS


I'm happy to introduce a new book which was co-authored by my colleague Pinde Fu: "Web GIS: Principles and Applications".

I'm really excited about this, not only because good GIS resources are scarce but also because he used screenshots of applications that I have designed over the past years, e.g. geodata.gov, GeoPortal Toolkit, Loma Linda Medical Center Response System, HydroViewer.

How much better can it get when your design ends up in a book?

Audience

While the content of the book is targeted at readers at all skill levels I can see it as a great teaching source as well as invaluable resource for managers and aspiring GIS developers to understand the principles of web applications.

Content

The content of the book is focused on the conceptual level (you won't find code samples) by trying to be systematic and as comprehensive as possible which I believe was done superbly. Nevertheless the authors do cover important new developments like geospatial Web services (REST), geobrowsers, cloud computing, geoportals, mashups, mobile GIS, Gov 2.0, geotagging, ArcGIS APIs for JavaScript, Flex, and Silverlight.

Table of Contents

  1. GIS in the Web Era
  2. Technical Basics
  3. Geospatial Web Services
  4. Geospatial Mashups
  5. Mobile GIS
  6. Geoportals
  7. NSDI in the Web 2.0 Era
  8. Web GIS Applications in E-Business
  9. Web GIS Applications in E-Government
  10. Hot Topics and New Frontiers
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31Oct0

Highlights of Week 44/2010

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1Aug0

Highlights of Week 30/2010

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31Jan0

Highlights of Week 04/2010

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3Sep0

Free book online: The Principles of Successful Freelancing

Posted by Michael Gaigg

I know this might be a little off-topic but nevertheless useful to many of us. The book 'The Principles of Successful Freelancing' of Miles Burke is available for free to download (only valid for the next 10 days starting today), so get it now!

Contents

  1. Considering Freelancing?
  2. Prepare for the Transition
  3. Manage Your Money
  4. Set Yourself Up
  5. Win the Work
  6. Give Great Service
  7. Achieve Work–Life Balance
  8. Where to from Here?

About the author

Miles Burke has been creating web sites since 1994. In 2002, Miles founded Bam Creative, an award-winning Western Australian web company. Miles serves as Chairperson of the Australian Web Industry Association, and has been awarded for his entrepreneurship in recent years; he’s a recipient of the Contribution to the Web Industry award in 2005, winner of the WA Business News’ 40under40 award in 2007, and appears in the 2008 edition of Who’s Who in Western Australia. Miles can also be found writing at Miles’ Blog.

Links for freelancers

Have more useful links? Post them in the comments section.

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2Jul0

Free book online: Search User Interfaces

Posted by Michael Gaigg

Marti Hearst generously made her upcoming book "Search User Interfaces" available for reading online. She is definitely not a newcomer to the scene and the book for sure not a Best-Of compilation, moreover the book is written in an academic fashion that backs up its theses usability studies, log studies, or some other form of proof (like it!) - like Harry Brignull states: "Caution: actual thought may be required when reading this book."

Contents: Search User Interfaces

The book has two main parts: search fundamentals (Chapters 1-7) and advanced topics (Chapters 8-12).

0: Preface
1: Design of Search User Interfaces
2: Evaluation of Search User Interfaces
3: Models of the Information Seeking Process
4: Query Specification
5: Presentation of Search Results
6: Query Reformulation
7: Supporting the Search Process
8: Integrating Navigation with Search
9: Personalization in Search
10: Information Visualization for Search Interfaces
11: Information Visualization for Text Analysis
12: Emerging Trends in Search Interfaces
References
Index

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