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Joel on Software

2000/04/26

by Joel Spolsky
Wednesday, April 26, 2000

I really, really don't want to say that users are coconuts. They're not. But if you design your program for the, um, challenged users, everyone will find them easier to use.

Today, I talk about users and reading. You see, users don't like to read. Give them a lot of words, and they will happily ignore them.

Read Chapter 6 of UI for Programmers for more!


Have you been wondering about Distributed Version Control? It has been a huge productivity boon for us, so I wrote Hg Init, a Mercurial tutorial—check it out!

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About the author.

I’m Joel Spolsky, co-founder of Fog Creek Software, a New York company that proves that you can treat programmers well and still be highly profitable. Programmers get private offices, free lunch, and work 40 hours a week. Customers only pay for software if they’re delighted. We make Trello, easy web-based collaboration software, FogBugz, an enlightened bug tracking and software development tool, and Kiln, a distributed source control system that will blow your socks off. I’m also the co-founder and CEO of Stack Exchange. More about me.

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