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Book review – Usable Usability: Simple Steps for Making Stuff Better

In order to become a better developer, I felt I needed to read more about usability. After reading Don’t Make Me Think!, I knew that I wanted a book that was both instructive and fun to read. I chose Usable Usability: Simple Steps for Making Stuff Better, by Eric Reiss, and I believe I couldn’t have chosen a better book.

Eric talks about usability in a general way, focusing in usability for the web. The book is full of user stories and real life usability issues, and it’s very fun to read.

The book is divided in two parts, “Ease of Use” and “Elegance and Clarity”, each one divided into chapters. The chapters and their key ideas are:

Part I: Ease of Use

Part II: Elegance and Clarity

The topics are covered more deeply than that, but they’re very understandable and they come with lots of real life examples. This book gives precious tips on what to do and what not to do, and it’s a great tool to improve your knowledge on usability.

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