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CSCI E-180 Calendar - Spring 2006

Lecture 1 - Feb 02 : Introducting the GUI

History of user interfaces, from plug boards to modern mouse-and-window systems. UIs for cell phones. The web as a GUI; the web as remote procedure call.

Lecture 2 - Feb 09 : Basic Toolkit

Events; Model-View-Controller; Windows; Widgets; Focus; Selection. Examples from MacOS Cocoa and Qt.


Required Readings

Theus, Martin, "User Interfaces of Interactive Statistical Graphics Software." in Computer Science and Statistics, Proceedings of the 31th Symposium on the Interface 1999.

Gentner, Don, and Nielson, Jakob. "The Anti-Mac Interface" CACM, August 1996, pp. 70-82

Part V: Mice and Manipulation, in About Face 2.0: The Essentials of Interaction Design, Alan Cooper & Robert Reimann, 2003.


The Anti-Mac Interface - KDE User Interface Guidelines

DigiBarn Systems: Canon Cat

2.10: Canon, Lone Wolf

The UI Hall of Shame

Lecture 3 - Feb 16 : Using the Toolkit To Build Your Application

In this lecture we'll flush out the details of using a GUI toolkit to solve a particular problem. We'll look at the popular Mastermind board game and then review several shareware programs that "implement" the game --- some well, some poorly. In the process we'll discuss:


Discussion: Mac vs. Anti-Mac.

Assignment: A Simple Calculator

Using the interface toolkit of your choice, create a simple calculator with the following: Two text fields to enter two numbers, a pull-down (or pop-up) menu that selects the operation, a third text field for the result, a button that makes the calculator perform the operation, and a "tape roll" that shows the results of previous calculations. Bring to class a printout with your code and another printout with screenshots.

Here is a sample screen shot:

Required Readings

Part VI: Controls and Their Behaviors, in About Face 2.0: The Essentials of Interaction Design, Alan Cooper & Robert Reimann, 2003.

Gentner, Don, and Nielson, Jakob. "The Anti-Mac Interface" CACM, August 1996, pp. 70-82

Lecture 4 - Feb 23 : Usabilty and User Testing

Today's class will be devoted to conducting informal usability reviews.

Assignment: Project Proposal 1 due

Ideas for Project 1:

Required Readings

Part I: Bridging the Gap, in About Face 2.0: The Essentials of Interaction Design, Alan Cooper & Robert Reimann, 2003.

Neilsen, Jakob. "Guerrilla HCI: Using Discount Usability Engineering to Penetrate the Intimidation Barrier," 1994. Guerrilla HCI

Nielsen, Jakob. "Iterative User-Interface Design," IEEE Computer, November 1993 (Vol. 26, No. 11), pp. 32-41. Download from the class website.

Lecture 5 - Mar 02 : Data representation and Metadata

JPEG EXIF; XML; Annotations.

Required Readings

Part II: Achieving Goals and Removing Barriers, in About Face 2.0: The Essentials of Interaction Design, Alan Cooper & Robert Reimann, 2003.

Norman, A. "Design Rules based on Analyses of Human Error." Communications of the ACM, April 1983.

Quan, D., Bakshi, K., Huynh, D., and Karger, D. User Interfaces for Supporting Multiple Categorization, Interact 2003.

Lecture 6 - Mar 09 : Networking

Building a client/server app; Berkeley Sockets; Marshalling; XML RPC; SOAP; SSL; Peer-to-peer systems.

Required Readings

Part II: Achieving Goals and Removing Barriers, in About Face 2.0: The Essentials of Interaction Design, Alan Cooper & Robert Reimann, 2003. (finish this and bring the book to class; we will discuss it.)

Lansdale, M., The psychology of personal information management," Applied Ergonomics 1988, 19.1, 55-66

Grudin, Jonathan, The Case Against User Interface Consistency," CACM, October 1989

Chord: A Scalable Peer-to-peer Lookup Service for Internet Applications , Ion Stoica, Robert Morris, David Karger, M. Frans Kaashoek, and Hari Balakrishnan, In the Proceedings of ACM SIGCOMM 2001, San Deigo, CA, August 2001.

Lecture 7 - Mar 16 : Building Web Applications

JavaScript; AJAX.

Simson's Apple AJAX Demo.

Required Readings

Procurer Usability Requirements: Negotiations in Contract Development, Henrik Artman, ACM International Conference Proceeding Series; Vol. 31, Proceedings of the second Nordic conference on Human-computer interaction table of contents Aarhus, Denmark, Pages: 61 - 70, 2002.

Wikipedia on Ajax

WebOS: Say Goodby to Desktop Applications

Data Caching Issues in an Information Retrieval System, Rafael Alonso et al., ACM Transactions on Database Systems, 1990.



Dojo -

OpenLaszlo | the premier open-source platform for rich internet applications

TIBCO General Interface™ Resource Center

Remote Scripting with AJAX part1 and part2, by Cameron Adams, XML.COM, August 2005.

Latency Must Die: Reducing Latency by Preloading Data

Ajax Blog - HTML, Javascript and XML coding techniques for Web 2.0

The Last Craft? Marcus' blog on Agile Web Development » Listen kids, AJAX is not cool

SitePoint Blogs » AJAX@localhost

AJAX:Getting Started - MDC

Ajax & XmlHttpRequest

Software Secret Weapons: Javascript Refactoring For Safer Faster Better AJAX

Main Page - Ajax Patterns

Mastering Ajax, Part 1: Introduction to Ajax

Mastering Ajax, Part 2: Make asynchronous requests with JavaScript and Ajax

Mastering Ajax, Part 3: Advanced requests and responses in Ajax

Lecture 8 - Mar 23 : Data Manipulation: Synchronization, Backup, Encryption, and Privacy Protection

Assignment: Project 1 due

Your first project is to develop a working application that demonstrates some aspect of graphical user interface design and interaction that we have discussed during this class. Your turned in work should consist of the following:

We would prefer it if you would put all of this information on a web page and email us the URL. Please also let us know if we may post your URL to the class. If you wish for your submission to be private, please feel free to put your project on a password-protected website. If you do not have access to such a website, please bring your project to class on a CDROM. (Please bring two copies of the CDROM, one for the teacher, one for the TF.)

Harvard KB0032 discusses how FAS accounts can be used to webhost.

Announcement of Project 2 Groups

Required Readings

How to build a file synchronizer.

Part III: Providing Power and Pleasure, in About Face 2.0: The Essentials of Interaction Design, Alan Cooper & Robert Reimann, 2003.

Lecture 9 - Apr 06 : Authentication

Cookie Authentication. Hidden URL's. Apache .htaccess. httpd file step through.

Required Readings

Andrew Tanenbaum, Sape Mullender, and Robbert van Renesse. Using sparse capabilities in a distributed system. In Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Distributed Computing, pages 558-563, Cambridge, MA 1986. [CiteSeer]

Lecture 10 - Apr 13 : Privacy and Security in Desktop Applications

What encryption is, and how it works. Providing for local secure storage. Secure transportation of data over a network. Spyware.

Required Readings

Good, Nathaniel S., Krekelberg, Aaron, Usability and privacy: a study of Kazaa P2P file-sharing

Alexander Moshchuk, Tanya Bragin, Steven D. Gribble, and Henry M. Levy. A Crawler-based Study of Spyware on the Web. Proceedings of the 13th Annual Network and Distributed System Security Symposium (NDSS 2006), San Diego, CA, February 2006.

Lecture 11 - Apr 20 : Accessibility

Accessibility for non-traditional devices and non-traditional users. HDML and WAP. Java on a cell phone. Screen readers. Tactile interfaces. Computing for the blind.

Required Readings

Raskin, Will Computers Ever Become Easy to Use, Communications of the ACM, Volume 40, No. 2, February 1997.

Ludi, Access for Everyone: Introducing Accessibility Issues to Students in Internet Programming Courses. , 32nd ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, November 6-9, 2002. Boston, MA.

Eleanor T. Loiacono, Cyberaccess: Web Accessibility and Corporate America, Communication of the ACM, December 2004

Hull, Larry. Accessibility: It's not just for disabilities anymore. interactions. March+April 2004

Lecture 12 - Apr 27 : Extensibility and Reliability.

Coding Standards. Plug-ins. Checkpointing.

Required Readings

Gage and McCormick, "We did nothing wrong: Why Software Quality Matters, Baseline, March 2004.

Lecture 13 - May 04 : Presentation of Project 2

Assignment: Project 2 Due

Project 3 Groups Announced

Lecture 14 - May 11 : Time and Internationalization

Representing time inside a program. Time zones. Handling multiple charactersets and languages. Unicode.

iCalendar files. Synchornizing clocks.

Required Readings

Beck, Roy. "How do you Set the Time on your VCR?" The San Gabriel Valley Technology User's Group, June 2001.

Crazy Clocks: Counterintuitive Consequences of "Intelligent" Automation. IEEE Intelligent Systems, November/December 2001 ,pp. 74-76

iCalendar spec

Lecture 15 - May 18 : Understanding Language

Very large regular expressions; Spell Checking;

Peterson, Computer Programs for Detecting and Correcting Spelling Errors, Communications of the ACM, Volume 23, Number 12. December 1980

Durham, Lamb and Saxe, "Spelling Correction in User Interfaces Communiations of the ACM, October 1983.

Galletta, Durcikova, Everard, and Jones, "Does Spell-Checking Software Need a Warning Label?" Communications of the ACM, Vol 48, No. 7, July 2005.