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2007-08-22

A small sorting feature

Sometimes the answer to a simple question is expensive. In development that is more often true than false. I wanted to sort a list so that the user could see his stuff on the top of a list. Now, two developers have been discussing it for an hour... Not so easy.

3 Comments:

Anonymous tscheffer said...

This is the problem with implementing strict Agile development - the idea that everything is a team decision.

Someone needs to knock some heads together.

And besides, isn't this just a simple call to sort the dataset/grid?

August 23, 2007 at 5:00 AM  
Blogger Peter's mommy said...

Oh, no, this is in an application for Windows Mobile so it's a list like e-mails and not a data grid. using g-mail in windows mobile 6's e-mail client shows the same problem: even if I view the "Inbox", I still see all my e-mails.

The problem we have is that we have something called a case/order. For example you order the renovation of a bathroom. All resources who are to work on the project gets their own assignment. So, what is the assignments of a resource: well, in one respect it's the assignments on which he has been set as the assignee. But if he views a case he wants to see all assignments on that case.

So "his assignments" on sync to the handheld is all the assignments to all his cases. So, if he's to view his assignment list we need to figure out a good model for both use cases. and we need to make it understandable to the user. And this with the small screen and compact framework...

If anything was unclear, I'm happy to give you more details.

August 23, 2007 at 6:14 PM  
Anonymous tscheffer said...

I understand. What troubles me is that what you are describing sounds like something that should have been a standard capability.

Does your company have a website that I can see the interface? I have been developing software products for over 25 years, so I am always interested in seeing these types of things.

email me at tscheffer@msn.com

August 23, 2007 at 7:36 PM  

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