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I can't tell you how many times I've been bitten by this but it's driving me crazy.
At the top of the Solution Explorer in VS10 there are icons. One of them is "refresh" which really seems like it should never be needed, given the capabilities of a directory watcher, and another icon is "nest related files".
The issue is that "Refresh" is shown in some situations, but depending on what you do it disappears and is replaced by, in the exact same position, the "Nest Related Files" icon. This in-situ replacement usually happens when you click different files or elements, but can also occur when the focus changes - such as when you click the "refresh" icon. As soon as you click the icon it changes from Refresh to "nest related files" and you have to wait while VS spends 5 minutes working out who belongs to whom.
ARGHHH! What ever happened to simply disabling an icon??
I'd rather the menus weren't in CAPS, but at least it's better than having CAPS for the docked window titles. And at least there's a splash of color now. And the lighter gray may be less depressing to work in.
"Why would anyone prefer to wield a weapon that takes both hands at once, when they could use a lighter (and obviously superior) weapon that allows you to wield multiple ones at a time, and thus supports multi-paradigm carnage?"
I'll bite, because I have an application that does change the toolbar icons based on context. This might not match their case, but what happens when you have lots of actions based on context. You have various different element types, and displaying all the icons (with most of them disabled) could take up more space than we have allocated on the taskbar.
But if you change the icons based on context, the user can quickly see what actions are available, instead of having a sea of disabled icons that they have to mouse through. And keeping their relative actions close to the working area could be more ergonomic.
I'm not sure if this matches the dynamics of the Solution Explorer. It may not have enough operations that warrant the change. But if it does, its one way to make better use of the available space.
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This data collection had to be a bore:
(Table 2) Sample N Mean SD Data collection time frame Gaussian (χ2) Paretian (χ2)
AVN nom. actor 132 1.83 1.36 2008 480 160
AVN nom. actress 245 1.77 1.38 2008 1.03E+04 251
AVN nom. actor 135 1.82 1.66 2009 4.29E+04 78
AVN nom. actress 302 1.82 1.50 2009 3.61E+07 153
AVN nominations across a wide variety of categories counted towards the performance total
Good article, and perfect timing. I'm just finishing a course in Statistics, and received an email from my last teacher, a specialist in motivating technical employees, who taught me about Engineering Management. Both will receive copies of this report, and I'm certain that both will enjoy it. Well, maybe not the last, so much; she's built a whole career on the notion that behavior follows a normal distribution. Oh well, they say it's never too late to learn something new.