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Tool Time

Even a full and focused commitment to usability and a well-structured process may not be enough, however. Often, modern development tools are themselves impediments to delivering on the paired promises of software usability and seamless development. The tools not only do not support a truly seamless development process, some of them make it difficult to pursue a systematic, model-driven approach to usability engineering.

Software development tools continue to improve dramatically, particularly in the form of visual development tools. Visual development tools—from Visual Basic and Delphi to Visual C++ and J-Builder—represent a major advancement in software and applications development, not just as technology but also in terms of how such tools fit with the way human beings solve problems. The best of these tools make it easy for developers to move back and forth between the visual representation of the software on the user interface and the underlying code, to think in visible objects or in invisible code as suits the problem at hand.


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