Dabble Dabble, program and trouble

I often see technology out there that is solid, but lacking a tiny bit of the details from a UX perspective.  Or I would like to extend it a little bit more for a UX reason.  When that happens, every once in a while, someone tells me I am “complaining” and says, “Why don’t you just learn to program and do it yourself?”

I always feel uncomfortable with this.  Programming has been this glass ceiling for me for 12 years now.  I have dabbled here and there, but always get stuck and move back to shallower waters.  With the previous Tree UX example, this happened again.  It certainly was not meant in a mean way at all. I think the guy is encouraging and well-intentioned, and I appreciate that.  So I took another look at EXT’s samples page.  I want to compare apples to apples.

So my next mini-project will be to create the exact same thing twice.   I am going to choose Tabs.  I know how to do Tabs with jQuery.  I am going to try the same thing in EXT, which I “claim” is harder.  But until I do it myself, I can not compare them properly.  I will post the results as soon as I have it.

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