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      02-24-2009, 03:57 PM   #12
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Originally Posted by Technic View Post
Actually, what you want in software development is to have the "simplest" software code possible that can perform as many different functions as possible without useless complexity. Having different functions depending on the screen is not the simplest code possible; that's a bug magnet when you try to change that code to do something slightly different in a different screen and a customer focus of complaints when the code is doing their "thing" and not what the customer naturally expects.

For me, the new iDrive is using a simple, unified code to instill familiarity and ease of navigating thru the menus. It should be easier and cheaper for BMW to maintain and update, and it should be easier for the customer to use and be satisfied without useless dealer visits.

I think that what is a really step backwards is the whole "Vehicle Order" code structure in BMWs, where the whole car has to be flashed if one module needs updating. That's where a bunch of complaints are coming from... one module is fixed while another not previously having issues now is not working properly.
no, not at all. it's not about having simplest code otherwise we'd be stuck with VB6 which is simple but is a nightmare!

having a good code base to make everything configurable and promoting re-use heavily is the good practice. having dynamic buttons and controls promotes re-use.

in terms of HCI (human-computer interaction) simplicity and straightforward-ness is the way to go.
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