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A Better UX: Running the Progress bar on a Second UI Thread

Have you ever experienced an inaccurate progress bar? Have you ever interacted with an unresponsive UI, with no progress indication at all?

* A progress bar that reported 10 minutes remaining when you started it, 30 minutes ago

* A progress bar that jumps from 30  to 95 percent and lingers there for an hour

* A main window that freezes up, with no sign of life while running a lengthy job

 

Inaccurate progress reporting may lead to user frustration and physical damage to equipment...

 

Today I want to examine how you can create a responsive, accurate progress/"processing" indications to alleviate some of these issues. Keep reading to find out how you can free your Progress bar from the shackles of the UI thread and create a more fluent user experience in your application.

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  • I've been all over the coding world since earning my degrees have worked several years in c++ and then several in java, finally setteling into c# about 7 years ago, where i spent a good amount of my time in Performance tweaking & memory debugging, as well as designing new solutions and hacking at old ones to stay in line. Computers never cease to amaze me, and i'm glad to have found a field where i get paid to do what i enjoy. some of my tools and thoughts are also stored in codeproject, and you are welcome to check them out there.
  • work as a Senior Technologist in HP Software ALM CTO office. Past experience include chief architect for Application performance management, QA manager for Business service management, developer for Real User management
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  • Research Architect @HPSW, focused on what ALM means for developers, DevOps, user experience and other emerging practices. Previously was a functional architect and a developer in HP ALM and HP UFT products.
  • Seasoned architect with over 12 years of experience in the enterprise software business, contributing to setting the roadmap / vision, high level architecture and technology review, innovation management and product integration within HP Software portfolio.
  • Lior has over 15 years experience in the software industry in various roles – experienced in Enterprise Software and team build up . Lior Managed the HP Software ALM PCoE Group where he focused on the domain of application development and application performance management .
  • Malcolm is a functional architect, focusing on best practices and methodologies across the software development lifecycle.
  • Architect and User Experience expert with more than 10 years of experience in designing complex applications for all platforms. Currently in Operations Analytics - Big data and Analytics for IT organisations. Follow me on twitter @nuritps
  • Yaniv Sayers has over 15 years of experience in the IT and software industry, including software design, R&D and IT operations. Holds expertise in various spaces including IT operations, ITIL, ALM, Agile, Cloud, DevOps, Mobility and Software Architecture and Design. In current capacity Yaniv is a CTO in HP Software IT Management, responsible for planning and driving technology and innovations strategy with emphasized focus on solutions for agile development, DevOps, mobility and cloud.
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