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FBN: Creating the user interface

 
Akash Singh
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Hi People,
Instruction Document for Creating the user interface says :
"Your user interface should be designed with the expectation of future functionality enhancements, and it should establish a control scheme that will support this with minimal disruption to the users when this occurs. "
I do'nt understand "and it should establish a control scheme that will support this with minimal disruption to the users when this occurs."
What i need to do implement this ?

Thanks,
Akash Singh
 
Andrew Monkhouse
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Hi Akash,
You could think about what changes might occur in the future, and see if they can be handled by your current design with little or no disruption to the user.
So if a column was added to the database, would your program handle it?
If the user wanted to search on an additional column, could that be added to your GUI easily?
If the user needed to enter an additional piece of information to do a booking (say an owner name) would you have to make major changes to your user interface (requiring retraining / disruption)?
If the FBNS decided to swap to the other network protocol (the one you have not implemented), could it be added without too much work?
If FBNS decided to do a web interface, could they reuse some / most of your code?
As far as the 'control scheme' to handle this: if you use some design patterns, this all falls into place. At least that is how I choose to read it. So by using MVC, I have a scheme for future web connectivity. And so on.
Regards, Andrew
 
Akash Singh
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Thank You Very Much, Andrew. Very nicely explained. You are always helpful.
Regards,
Akash
 
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