[Pharo-users] Interesting Pharo Launcher feedback

Tim Mackinnon tim at testit.works
Tue Jun 26 04:13:49 EDT 2018


As I mentioned - the user in question was quite complimentary, just confused on first launch.

Equally we don’t want to impact power users, and ultimately we want to encourage everyone to try newer images to help with improvements. 

I honestly think that some slightly improved terminology and a bit of guidance to get your first image (eg picking the correct one) is all it takes.

Once you’ve groked it - you are off. We just want that first experience to be pleasant.

I personally like to see the list of images and understand how many builds have been made as it’s comforting to see the progress and be encouraged to join in.

I as going to propose a simple change to the name on the lists like:

“Templates” -> “Image Templates” or maybe even “Project Templates”

“Images” -> “Downloaded Images” or maybe “Created Projects”

(While we are familiar with the term image, maybe it’s an implementation detail - eclipse and IntelliJ create projects, and we aren’t so different)

We could also as Cyril suggests, have a little welcome window with some text and a picture.

Both really simple to do and probably enough to get people started. After all, our audience is reasonable technical so we shouldn’t need to dumb It down too much.

I’m also conscious about here is a lot of Pharo 7 work to do as well.

Tim

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> On 26 Jun 2018, at 08:09, Christophe Demarey <christophe.demarey at inria.fr> wrote:
> 
> Hi Tim,
> 
>> Le 26 juin 2018 à 03:00, Ben Coman <btc at openinworld.com> a écrit :
>> 
>> On 26 June 2018 at 06:17, Tim Mackinnon <tim at testit.works> wrote:
>>> Hi everyone - at tonights month UK Smalltalk Meetup, we got some nice compliments on the state of Pharo (the participants - all ex small talkers - although ex in so much as they fondly remembered it and wanted to use it for something relevant now because they enjoyed it in the past).
>>> 
>>> Anyway, one interesting comment stuck out - he had downloaded Pharo (having used Visual Age 15+ years ago) and was a bit overwhelmed with what laugher presented to him. He didn’t hate it - but was initially a bit lost as to what it all meant and how to start… he figured it out, but I thought the feedback was interesting and made me think that maybe we need some form of intro wizard to get people off to a quick start but leave them confident enough that they might come back and try a Pharo 7 or Moose etc.
>>> 
>>> I encouraged him to post something on here, but thoughtI would note it (as it seems quite easy to fix) as an idea while it was fresh in my mind.
>>> 
>> 
>> A welcome tutorial is a good idea.  And btw, the sort of idea that only comes from broader use of PharoLauncher.
> 
> Thanks for the feedback.
> We also got this feedback from students. We know we have to improve the UI by simplifying it.
> Our idea was to only provide a window with a toolbar and the list of images as the main Pharo Launhcer window.
> On this windows, clicking on the + button will open a « wizard » like the one for creating repositories in Iceberg. There you could choose to create an image from « featured images » or ci, etc.
> 
> It would lower a lot the cognitive charge of the current window.
> We just need time to implement it.
> 
> Cheers,
> Christophe
> 
> 
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