​Are you a Drupal developer or someone who is interested in learning or hearing more about the platform?  Each month there are various ‘meet-ups’ that take place across the area.  ICF International now co-sponsors two of these meet-ups, one is held in our Fairfax office and the other in Rockville.  Last night we held our first Rockville meet-up, which was a big success.  Continue Reading…

Have you ever had a need to test email functionality on an application within your local development setup?  I have found this process to be both time consuming and confusing in the past, especially when working within firewall restrictions.  Of course we can always test with real dummy email addresses, but what if we accidently send a mass email out to real users?  It is much better to test everything locally first. Continue Reading…

Heather also experienced some workflow issues with the application where she was unable to locate various areas of the system.  She commented that the excessive scrolling contributed to her confusion with this.  In addition to this she noted concern with the various grid updates and format of the STA grid for editing and updating.

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Meg had some difficulty working with the various grids, however once she learned the process, she was able to easily complete the remaining tasks.  She also had some initial trouble with the ‘Big Ideas’ drop-down selection.

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Michael was able to complete all tasks without many concerns.  He observer and pointed out a few potential enhancements with the system, however the only issue he ran into was the recurring problem with the ‘Final Product’ text area box. Continue Reading…

Romey completed most tasks with ease, however on a few occasions she came across recurring issues.  She had trouble working with the ‘Big Ideas’ control, updating the various expedition and case study grids, and not correctly saving each form. Continue Reading…

Recently Microsoft started offering a $100 per month credit to all MSDN subscribers for using their Azure cloud based services.  A lot of developers here at ICF have MSDN subscriptions so I definitely recommend checking this out if you haven’t already done so.  I never really considered using Azure for anything as I had assumed it was mostly used as a cloud based hosting service similar to Amazon.  It wasn’t until I recently read a blog post by Scott Hanselman that I realized Azure could be used for much more than that.  Continue Reading…

Jeff ran into some problems when he did not save the form page he was on and lost changes.  He had trouble remembering to press the update button on the various grids.  In addition to this, he also came across problems with the ‘Big Ideas’ control and text area bug for ‘Final Product’ that others faced.

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Megan was able to complete most tasks with ease.  The only issue she seemed to have was related to workflow and finding specific sections or areas of the application.  The confusion stemmed from differentiating between the case study and expedition screens.

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This usability testing session revealed some issues with the using the Big Ideas drop-down selectors for adding new records.  In addition to this, the process for adding standards, targets and assessments appeared confusing to the user.  There were some issues with workflow where the user was confused about which screen she was on.  Recommendations were made for allowing file uploads. Continue Reading…