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Your Web App as a Text Adventure

Michael Buffington, Programmer, Stikkit

Date: Thursday, March 29
Time: 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Location: Douglas B

Quite bluntly, if your web application can't easily be adapted as a classic text adventure, your application has serious problems on multiple levels. Applications that can't be easily adapted likely suffer from application structure and design problems and UI dependency, to organizational politics and bad decisions.

Applications with open APIs, simple information organization, built in the spirit of sharing, make great text adventures and not coincidentally, are usually very successful as web applications.

Buffington will take existing applications and convert them to text adventures, and show cases studies of hugely successful sites that have done the same. Along the way he'll talk about some of the design choices each site made that contribute both to the site's success, and for making it possible for a text adventure style interface to actually work.