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Learn Human-Computer Interaction

By : Christopher Reid Becker
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Learn Human-Computer Interaction

By: Christopher Reid Becker

Overview of this book

Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is a field of study that researches, designs, and develops software solutions that solve human problems. This book will help you understand various aspects of the software development phase, from planning and data gathering through to the design and development of software solutions. The book guides you through implementing methodologies that will help you build robust software. You will perform data gathering, evaluate user data, and execute data analysis and interpretation techniques. You’ll also understand why human-centered methodologies are successful in software development, and learn how to build effective software solutions through practical research processes. The book will even show you how to translate your human understanding into software solutions through validation methods and rapid prototyping leading to usability testing. Later, you will understand how to use effective storytelling to convey the key aspects of your software to users. Throughout the book, you will learn the key concepts with the help of historical figures, best practices, and references to common challenges faced in the software industry. By the end of this book, you will be well-versed with HCI strategies and methodologies to design effective user interfaces.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Section 1 - Learn Human-Computer Interaction
Section 2 - How to Build Human-Centered Software
Section 3 - When to Improve Software Systems

Exploring open source software culture

Open source refers to anything a group of people can modify and share because its design is publicly accessible. HCI designers and software developers have championed the 'open source' concept and it lies at the heart of the internet itself. Tim Berners-Lee, in all his glorious wisdom, understood that to make the internet possible, you would need everyone using the same tools and accessing the network through the same technology. The internet is an open source idea in that sharing the code along with the delivery system makes others want to use it. Because of this shared technology, it creates a network of a global scale that drives the standardization of code (HTML/CSS/JS) itself.

Open source software is a product of public and open systems, supported by a community, and made up of shared and distributed materials and documentation:

In reality, the internet and all the software that is created around it is more complicated than this...