Chapter 3. Getting Started

In this chapter, you will create a prototype of the vacation statement, which is the application main page. You will also create the first version of the diagram for the process that is at the heart of the vacation management application.

Create the Application Prototype

In this section, you will create a prototype of the main page of the vacation management application. This is a critical step in validating the design with Helen, so it is good to do this right at the start of development. You can create a prototype page that uses dummy data but behaves like the final page.

Review “Example Application: Vacation Management” in the previous chapter before you begin.

You need a title for the page, so first you can address Helen’s requirement to give the application a cool name...

Hi Helen, this is Fred from the IT development group. I’ve been looking at your requirements for the Vacation Management Application. I agree it’s important to give it a cool name so everyone wants to use it. Something that says holidays, a sunny beach, blue ocean...Tahiti. Let’s call it Tahiti!

A page is constructed from widgets, each widget corresponding to an item displayed on the screen. A widget has properties that determine its behavior. You can group widgets into a container and set some properties on the container. You can drag and drop widgets and containers to arrange them on the page.

The Tahiti application page has three sets of information:

  • An introduction, which ...

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