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Last Update: 2010-10-01 by Jörn Loviscach
The project is centered around creating a graphical user interface for an audio player that is specialized on playing back audio books and/or podcasts. As opposed to a music player it needs to support hour-long material, in particular through bookmarks.
Define approximately five essential use cases to be supported by the interface. Do this in writing; approximately two sentences for each use case.
Define the technical proficiency of two different potential users, one a novice and one skilled in operating a PC. Do this in writing; a paragraph of text each.
Pick and define objectives for the user interfaces such as efficiency, learnabilty, etc. Where necessary, refer to the two prototypical users defined before. Comment on conflicting objectives, if there are any. Do all of this in writing, about 200 words.
The main task: Create an appropriate WPF-based graphical user interface for the player and create an appropriate graphical user interface for a Web-based version of it based on jQuery and jQuery UI. You do not need to implement the actual functionality of the audio player, only the graphical user interface is required.
In writing, do a heuristic analysis of both interfaces, employing approximately five of the criteria mentioned in the different sources (standards, academic papers) that I pointed out in class. Refer to the description of the users that you created before. The analysis should amount to one paragraph of text (approximately 100 words) per criterion.
Work in teams of two; spend approximately six hours of work per person, possibly more if you did not follow the labs closely.
Pack all files of the project (Visual Studio solution, html file plus potentially accompanying files, texts as PDFs) into a Zip archive and send me (jl@j3L7h.de) the archive or a (working!) download link to it until Monday 18 October 2010, 23:59 h. You may want to send that mail with automated delivery and receipt notifications, even though I will try to confirm all submissions by responding personally. Given my short deadline for grading, I appreciate early submissions.
I will check for plagiarism in both code and texts. If the project that you submit contains work of other people, state clearly what those parts are and what their origin is. This is not necessary, however, for obvious components such as the jQuery library.
Feel free to ask questions and discuss on the Google Docs page. This has no influence on the grades. I will participate in that discussion.