Nick Hampson

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Top 10 User Interface Design tips

Posted by Nick Hampson on Feb 5, 2014 8:19:51 PM

In my top 10, I have resisted the urge to cover everything I thought was important or it would probably have become a "Top 326 tips".

That said, here are some of the core things to think about; the thought process, modern paradigms and so on.


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Topics: IBM i, GUI, Application Modernization, User Interface

1000 screens to reface: where to start? Breaking large refacing projects into manageable chunks

Posted by Nick Hampson on Jan 13, 2014 11:00:00 AM

Over the years many of the projects we have worked on with customers have been in the thousands of screens, some upwards of 8000, one around 10,000, often with sections being written by different people to different standards (for instance different F-keys for the same action app to app).

The first thing to do at the start of any project is take a breath. Never just dive in and 'start fixing stuff' without a plan.

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Topics: GUI, Application Modernization, newlook

Modernization Beyond the Technical Eye: Prepare for the Culture Change

Posted by Nick Hampson on Jan 6, 2014 11:00:00 AM

First of all Happy New Year!

This is a difficult post for me to write. Even though the topic is something I am passionate about and know inside out, it is also the part of my job (and part of modernization) that people ignore and value the least, as per the feedback I get and see (or don't for the most part).

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Topics: IBM i, Application Modernization

lookserver 10 enhancements for HTML 5

Posted by Nick Hampson on Oct 18, 2013 11:00:00 AM

It has been a while since I have talked specifically about product stuff but some of the new features in lookserver 10, supported in developer 10, are items I've been advocating so I thought it best to give some reasons why…..

The first item is custom CSS class. This property enables developers to add a custom CSS class to any element on the screen. It's worth noting that this property

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IBM i and web apps can't do that....

Posted by Nick Hampson on Sep 12, 2013 2:28:00 AM

I am concerned when listening to the luminaries in the IBM i community talking about what can be done with web apps vs. hybrid vs. native. I really wish these guys would 'pony up' buy some books and learn the facts.

With status comes responsibility and luminaries are trusted by many, their word is gospel or pretty close. So when talking about topics where they have little knowledge they pass on half truths, miss what's possible or even worse bend the truth to the tune of what they wish to sell you, this upsets me greatly.

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Topics: HTML5, IBM i, Mobile, GUI

Show me the IBM i GUI !

Posted by Nick Hampson on Sep 6, 2013 12:53:00 AM

OK so time for some interaction!

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Topics: GUI

Productivity & Reach on mobile & IBM i?

Posted by Nick Hampson on Sep 1, 2013 7:09:00 PM

productivity with your apps
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Topics: IBM i, Mobile

Flat UI design & IBM i

Posted by Nick Hampson on Jul 25, 2013 8:59:00 PM

If you read my last article, you will note by now how resourceful this UX mag is. Hence my reference to yet another great article from the guys over at UX Mag.

Windows 8 UI
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Topics: IBM i, GUI

UX Designers & Projects & IBM i

Posted by Nick Hampson on Jul 25, 2013 12:45:00 AM

Another great read from UX mag, talking about the pitfalls of the design process as it relates to the UX side. 

Retiring soon
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Topics: IBM i, GUI

HTML5 & IBM i - CSS3

Posted by Nick Hampson on Jul 22, 2013 12:21:00 AM

We are at the end of my blog series on HTML5 and I have saved the best for last – one of my favorite subjects, CSS.

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Topics: HTML5, IBM i, GUI