"Pimp my App" – I’m Going to Code Camp!


Just got an email from Mitch Denny – I’ve got a spot at Code Camp!



“Code Camp Oz is a .NET developer community-driven event which allows people with interests across the .NET platform to come together in one location and see speakers (including many expert presenters) present on a wide range of developer topics. Very successful events were held in 2005, 2006 and 2007.”


Code camp is on Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th of April, in Wagga Wagga (with pre-conference events on the Friday before).


I may well have the only presentation that does not involve Visual Studio. Here’s the blurb:


Pimp My App



“User Experience” (UX) is so hot right now. Business magazines talk about it, stakeholders want it, people even have job titles containing it. Designers, usability engineers, information architects, psychologists and even anthropologists are all circling, fighting for a piece of the UX pie. But at the end of the day, coders own the user experience. All the drop-shadows in the world don’t mean a thing if they don’t make it into the code. Join Shane Morris – recovering developer, long-time user interface designer and Microsoft User Experience Evangelist – for a discussion of user experience from the developer’s viewpoint. What simple things can developers do to deliver better user experience? If you could only do one thing to improve your application’s user experience, what would it be? What about designers? What do they do? How can they help? How can you work effectively with them? This talk focuses on practical, realistic ways to ensure your next application delivers a great user experience.

Comments (3)

  1. Stephen says:

    What’s this business of "even" anthropologists? We were there from the beginning 🙂

  2. Jeff says:

    "But at the end of the day, coders own the user experience."

    Can’t say I agree with that, coders own the code, not the UX. If coders are trying to own the UX, that’s a process problem.

    "All the drop-shadows in the world don’t mean a thing if they don’t make it into the code."

    Right, ’cause designers are all about aesthetic features like drop shadows.

  3. shanemo says:

    Hmm, should I have said ‘control’ the user experience? Yes it’s a process problem, but this particular process problem occurs in the vast majority of projects out there.

    While I was being tongue-in-cheek about the drop shadows, coders implement the UX and have ultimate control over how the UX gets realised. There are many ways developers can – deliberately or not – steer the UX.

    For example, the reality is that most UX designers do not fully specify the UX at all. A lot (sometimes most) is left to the coders at code time. We could talk about how to avoid this, but I want to talk about how developers can deal with this.

    I don’t think coders are TRYING to own the UX, but they often get left with it.

    See you at camp?

    Shanemo