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.

3 thoughts on “Dabble Dabble, program and trouble

  1. For what it’s worth, I’m a developer and I also think Ext is more difficult to penetrate than, say, jQuery.

    For me, a lot of that has to do with the fact that I learn best by example and there are no straightforward examples in the Ext documentation. There are a number of fairly complete, fairly feature-rich sample applications, but that forces me to dig though a lot of code just to understand one interaction. It’s still very doable, but the lack of simple-case example documentation makes it more difficult than it could be, I think.

    The API documentation itself, though, is amazing for such a complex beast. Every time I look at it I’m astounded by the amount of time, effort and energy that has been put into documenting the system components.

  2. I’ve also found Ext hard to learn, but I’m always so pleased with the results I think it’s worth my time.

    The worst part of Ext to learn has to be Drag and Drop.

Whatya think?

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