• .NET

    The LOB Chronicles Episode 7: MEF, Attributes, and Behaviors (Oh my!)

    September 22, 2011 Share
    The last time we all got together was before a little conference known as Build. Everyone learned a ton of information about what is coming next in Windows 8 and the WinRT platform, but one thing stuck out for sure – Metro is in. Thankfully our designers have been all over this for quite a while and we have some very nice things in the works, most of which I can’t publicly talk about (yet!), but in the terms of this application we’re definitely on the right track. And don’t forget, an investment in a Silverlight application today means...
  • .NET

    The LOB Chronicles Episode 6 - Development Best Practices

    September 08, 2011 Share
    It is hard to believe that we are already moving into the sixth installment in this series. It seems like only yesterday we were musing over UX, utilizing our UX base to craft plans for a better UI, and making data considerations in regards to a model and an ORM. Crazy how time flies and how much work goes into a sample demo application before we even begin development! In honor of the Build conference next week I wanted to dive into our current codebase (TFS + Get Latest Version is our friend here, the developers don’t know I’m...
  • .NET

    The LOB Chronicles Episode 5: Beginning Development

    September 01, 2011 Share
    It is hard to believe that we’re finally here, but it is episode #5 in the LOB Chronicles and we’re now getting to start development of our new demo application in Visual Studio. For those tuning in late or in need of a refresher, we’ve already covered how our team explores and exposes user needs via UX work, how that translates into navigation paths and application architecture from a UI standpoint, and how the choice of OpenAccess ORM is going to enable us to use both reverse mapping as well as forward mapping over the life of the project,...
  • .NET

    The LOB Chronicles Episode 4: Let's Talk Data (Access)

    August 25, 2011 Share
    In this episode we are taking a step back from our UX and UI discussions to focus a bit more on the data that will drive our application.  Now that we understand the typical end user better and have translated this knowledge into something more concrete from a development standpoint, one of the next steps is to tie these views and navigation paths to some concrete data that will serve as the backend of our application.  After all, a great CRM needs to efficiently handle large volumes of data to maintain customer information as well as alert us of potential deals that are ready...
  • .NET

    The LOB Chronicles Episode 3: From UX to UI

    August 18, 2011 Share
    In this episode we are diving into how we can construct a better user interface (UI) utilizing the tools that our User Experience (UX) experts have put before us.  If you recall last time we discussed the importance of UX and how it can help us to identify higher-traffic areas of our application as well as why certain views might need to be more prevalent within the application. Today we go one step further and translate UX into UI in terms we can all understand, including views, navigation, and everyone’s favorite click-count. From Empathy to Navigation One of the highlights from the last post...