Posts Tagged ‘design’


Single form or multiple dialogs?

Monday, June 11th, 2012 by Alex Riedel
In this installment of our series about user interface design for administrators we explore the transformation of a command line script to a Windows application. We start with a simple little script as shown below: It just prompts for a computer name on the command line, uses that information for WMI query and outputs the result to the console. Your existing command line scripts may just use a parameter instead of a prompt but that makes no difference for the purpose of this article. It follows, like most scripts, a basic Input-Processing-Output pattern. If you have previously used VBScript you…   More »

User interface design for administrators

Monday, June 4th, 2012 by Alex Riedel
This post is the first in a series describing some fundamental design guidelines. Software developers usually have some kind of training in designing user interfaces or they benefit from having a specially staffed department for this task. Administrator usually don’t have the time and don’t get paid to attend UI design classes or study on their own. So we thought we put a series of articles together which outline some basic good practices and teach some general rules about which control to use for what. Let’s start with the most basic controls and see what they are for:    …   More »