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[dtp-dev] DTP Usability Discussion - Feedback Requested

Hi all...

My name is Brian Fitzpatrick (aka "Fitz") and I'm the Team Lead for the Connectivity sub-project of the Data Tools Project (DTP). (Whew! That's a mouthful.)

We have begun an effort to work with the community on improving the usability of DTP Connectivity UI components and tools for the Ganymede release for both users and adopters and would like to get feedback from the community at large. Based on some of the BZ entries and comments received on the DTP newsgroup and mailing lists, we put together a high level plan that describes some of the issues we're trying to solve.

You can read that here: http://wiki.eclipse.org/Connectivity:Usability:HighLevelPlan

We've now added a new document to the mix that covers some of the design ideas we're looking at implementing for Ganymede in DTP.

You can read this new document here: http://wiki.eclipse.org/Connectivity:Usability:High_Level_Design

Please take a look at these two documents and feel free to ask questions and provide feedback on the ideas therein. We're looking to improve the UI for all users of DTP and would like to make it as useful as possible. We understand that the work we do for Ganymede is a step in that direction and not necessarily everything will make it into the release. But this will get us started along the right road for Ganymede and going forward.

Our plan is to open up the floor for discussions until February 6. At that point, I'll take a snapshot of where the discussion is and attempt to come up with a working prototype to demo at EclipseCon 2008. Please don't feel that we're shutting down the feedback loop at that point -- we just have to draw a line in the sand so that we can come up with something more than screen shots for the conference. I expect the conversation will continue long after Ganymede is done. The usability of a tool is never set in stone.

So please take a look at the documents above. We're going to try and capture comments in the comments page (http://wiki.eclipse.org/Connectivity:Usability:High_Level_Design_Comments) so feel free to write directly on that Wiki page or send comments via the dtp-dev or dtp-pmc mailing lists or the dtp dev newsgroup.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Thanks for your time!

Brian Fitzpatrick
Senior Software Engineer
DTP Connectivity Team Lead
Sybase, Inc.