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Pre-emptive call for usability testers

2004-02-23 04:22:38.144111+00 by Shawn 4 comments

The one class I kept this quarter (after getting hired at the college) has been an independent study project, where I'm building an application for students to create and run their own study quizzes. For various reasons (including making it a proof-of-concept for creating a commercial-grade product with Open Source[Wiki] / free tools), I selected wxWidgets (formerly wxWindows) for my platform and library, and Cygwin for my compiler.

My next milestone includes documented usability testing. I was wondering if any of the Flutterby crowd would be interested in providing me their feedback. I would send you a compressed (zip/tar) archive with everything you need to run it. Right now it's running on Windows[Wiki], but if things continue smoothly (as opposed to the previous two weeks) I may have a Linux[Wiki] version I can send out as well. (All libraries are statically linked, with the exception of cygwin.dll on Windows.)

I'd need all feedback by Friday, 3/5/04.

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#Comment Re: made: 2004-02-23 04:38:13.242667+00 by: Shawn

Forgot to mention that anybody who helps with testing will get a free copy of the final product (version 1.x). I haven't established a market price for it yet, but my preliminary thoughts are to sell it in campus bookstores for $5 or $10.

#Comment Re: made: 2004-02-23 05:12:50.364729+00 by: Dan Lyke

If you've got a Linux version I'll be happy to give it a run through on the ferry.

#Comment Re: made: 2004-02-23 06:57:07.7784+00 by: Diane Reese

I can test both the Linux and Windows versions.

#Comment Re: made: 2004-03-19 03:06:22.09495+00 by: Shawn

Argh, it didn't register that you also offered for Windows, Diane, and I haven't had the time to make sure my Linux box is stable enough to build this.

In any case, the new job situation has turned out to be a major upheaval in my personal time management scheme (if you can call it that). I've had to constantly re-evaluate this project, adjusting features and milestones. In the end, testing is one of several things I had to drop in order to make the end-of-quarter deadline.

The project is going to continue after the class is over, though. (I'm generally having a good time with it and learning a lot.) I'll keep you both on the list.