Comments on: Easy Features http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/870/easy-features Mac & Technology Writings by Daniel Jalkut Sun, 16 Mar 2014 19:39:31 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 By: James Shewmaker http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/870/easy-features/comment-page-1#comment-150989 Sat, 08 Aug 2009 14:07:20 +0000 http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/?p=870#comment-150989 “that looks like it must have taken all of 10 minutes to do.”

This is a perception problem in many industries. In Theater and Movies, Actors put a lot of time into learning techniques and learning how to make them look natural. In photography, the photographer may devote a great deal of time to a visual improvement. In writing, an author may agonize over a paragraph for days. In the book “The Man Who Heard Voices,” Michael Bamberger describes the amount of work that M. Night Shyamalan goes into to fashion the effect of his movies.

Yet in each of these cases, the audience appreciates the result without any comprehension of the amount of work involved.

On Aug. 1st, I wrote this on twitter:
The difference betwn th frame of reference of th audience and of producers: Producers R wowed by th Geek factr but th audience by th result.

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By: Daniel Jalkut http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/870/easy-features/comment-page-1#comment-150925 Thu, 30 Jul 2009 18:23:56 +0000 http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/?p=870#comment-150925 No problem, Thomas. Glad it was just a misreading of my intent.

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By: Thomas Mango http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/870/easy-features/comment-page-1#comment-150924 Thu, 30 Jul 2009 18:20:59 +0000 http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/?p=870#comment-150924 @Daniel Ah sorry, I missed that “sometimes”. And I surely didn’t mean for my comment to come out so harsh sounding.

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By: Daniel Jalkut http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/870/easy-features/comment-page-1#comment-150923 Thu, 30 Jul 2009 18:18:23 +0000 http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/?p=870#comment-150923 @Thomas: Absolutely, sometimes adding a feature truly is easy. If it fits into the current design structure of the app, it can be as simple as tweaking something here or there, because all the other metaphors in the app make sense for the new feature.

As for naive generalizations, I thought that by prefacing the generalization with “Sometimes,” it was a pretty good clue that I don’t believe it always has to (or should) work that way.

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By: Thomas Mango http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/870/easy-features/comment-page-1#comment-150922 Thu, 30 Jul 2009 18:14:18 +0000 http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/?p=870#comment-150922 I think this is a naive generalization. There comes a point when your application’s architecture should be mature enough that you can anticipate future features. Not necessarily specific features, but what general areas will be extended. It should not require a “massive overhaul” every time you decide to add additional functionality. If it did, nothing would ever ship.

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By: Jan Erik Moström http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/870/easy-features/comment-page-1#comment-150921 Thu, 30 Jul 2009 18:00:55 +0000 http://www.red-sweater.com/blog/?p=870#comment-150921 “If the feature is important enough, it’s worth practically rewriting your application, just to add something that looks like it must have taken all of 10 minutes to do.”

Probably why I like MarsEdit and FastScripts

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