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Blog Archive for johnreynolds during September 2008

Back when I was working on Tandy's DeskMate we were trying to build a personal computer "that Mom could use". I think we came pretty close to that goal... Mom could use it. Unfortunately Mom didn't want to use it :-( Fast forward to today, and I am firmly entrenched in the wonderful world of Business Software Development Tools. I'm not so much interested in building software for businesses...
My blog entry on User Manual Driven Development prompted Chris Adamson to share some thoughts of his own as For Reasons Unknown. My blog entry relates my early experience of developing an application from a pre-written user's guide. Since then I came across a very similar approach that's used by Daniel Brolund that he calls User Guide Driven Development... obviously great minds think alike...
One of the best jobs that I ever had was back in the mid-80's working for Scott Cutler at Tandy Electronics Research and Development. I worked on the team that built the DeskMate II GUI shell and its associated applications. This was back in the glory days when many vendors were still pushing their own graphical environments - Apple clearly in the lead - Windows not yet quite measuring up -...