I know this is very off topic but I had quite a pleasant suprise today after I made it home from the office, upon checking my email I found a beta invite to World of Warcraft: Wrath of he Lich King. I enjoy the opportunity to beta test software and video games as I feel with my technical background that I can offer additional insight above a normal user might notice in terms of bugs and glitches. I’m very excited that my beta testing application was approved for the world’s largest online game.
Hopefully the time I can spare on beta testing WoW: WotLK will also benefit me and offer me new perspective in my own field especially with the talented user experience team that develops for Blizzard. Very frequently we as ASP.NET developers become so engrossed in the technical side of a website that we can easily forget about the overall user experience. It doesn’t matter how amazing or revolutionary your program is if the user can’t understand how to use and is too frustrated to stay on your website.
My cowoker and I ended up having a discussion earlier today on ASP.NET 3.5 framework with the newly added ListView control and for the MVC website development pattern that’s so integrated to the future of ASP.NET development. It really centers on how much more flexible site design can be for integrating pure html and the dynamic website generation that ASP.NET offers.
This really opens up doors to allow cooperation between web designers and ASP.NET developers. Being able to transform html/css design that was created by a very experienced designer that has lots of talent with user experience into the dynamic and interactive site that ASP.NET offers is definitely a great advancement for overall quality.