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DTP Usability Discussion - Feedback Requested [message #589660] Wed, 23 January 2008 21:46
Brian Fitzpatrick is currently offline Brian FitzpatrickFriend
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Hi all...

My name is Brian Fitzpatrick (aka "Fitz") and I'm the Team Lead for the
Connectivity sub-project of the Data Tools Project (DTP). (Whew! That's a
mouthful.)

We have begun an effort to work with the community on improving the
usability of DTP Connectivity UI components and tools for the Ganymede
release for both users and adopters and would like to get feedback from the
community at large. Based on some of the BZ entries and comments received on
the DTP newsgroup and mailing lists, we put together a high level plan that
describes some of the issues we're trying to solve.

You can read that here:
http://wiki.eclipse.org/Connectivity:Usability:HighLevelPlan

We've now added a new document to the mix that covers some of the design
ideas we're looking at implementing for Ganymede in DTP.

You can read this new document here:
http://wiki.eclipse.org/Connectivity:Usability:High_Level_De sign

Please take a look at these two documents and feel free to ask questions and
provide feedback on the ideas therein. We're looking to improve the UI for
all users of DTP and would like to make it as useful as possible. We
understand that the work we do for Ganymede is a step in that direction and
not necessarily everything will make it into the release. But this will get
us started along the right road for Ganymede and going forward.

Our plan is to open up the floor for discussions until February 6. At that
point, I'll take a snapshot of where the discussion is and attempt to come
up with a working prototype to demo at EclipseCon 2008. Please don't feel
that we're shutting down the feedback loop at that point -- we just have to
draw a line in the sand so that we can come up with something more than
screen shots for the conference. I expect the conversation will continue
long after Ganymede is done. The usability of a tool is never set in stone.

So please take a look at the documents above. We're going to try and capture
comments in the comments page
( http://wiki.eclipse.org/Connectivity:Usability:High_Level_De sign_Comments)
so feel free to write directly on that Wiki page or send comments via the
dtp-dev or dtp-pmc mailing lists or the dtp dev newsgroup.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Thanks for your time!

--Fitz

Brian Fitzpatrick

Senior Software Engineer

DTP Connectivity Team Lead

Sybase, Inc.
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