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From "Robert Koberg" <>
Subject Re: [Request] Stefano's Heuristics
Date Sun, 06 Jan 2002 11:13:58 GMT
> The kinds of things I am referring to include (off the top of my head):
>    - SoC (What does a concern look like? How much separation is enough?
> )
>    - The "proper" design of URLs (.../cocoon1 vs. .../cocoon/old vs. ...)
> <grumble>
> People on this list do step in and say "this is mixing concerns" and
> s not a proper URL".  This is a good thing for Cocoon.  However, to
> paraphrase, "Tell a developer not to do something and you fix the current
> implementation/design.  Teach them how to recognize good and bad things,
> and you fix all future implementations/designs."  I want to learn, damnit!
> </grumble>

<fwiw role="general">
What takes longer to come to boil in a microwave oven:
- a cup of water heated for 1 minute and 10 seconds, or
- a cup of water heated for 1 minute and 11 seconds

If there was no user interaction the answer is easy, but since we are
dealing with an interface that humans must deal with the correct answer is
0:01:11. This is because it is faster/easier for the user to hit the "1"
button three times rather than for them to search for the "0".

My point being, if the interface slows the user down then the optimaztions
are useless.


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