What are the Types of Interface Paradigm in Visual Programming?

There are three Types of Interface Paradigm are:

  1. Technology Paradigm: based on understanding how things work
  2. Metaphor Paradigm: based on instituting how the thing works
  3. Idiomatic Paradigm: based on learning how to accomplish things

1. Technology Paradigm

  • Simple and widespread in the computer industry
  • The user should understand how the software works before using it successfully.
  • The interface design is based on the implementation model.
  • The Engineers wants to know how things work, so they are very much satisfied with this model

2. The Metaphor Paradigm

Metaphor relies on association perceived in similar ways by both the designer and the user. The metaphor paradigm relies on the intuitive connection in which there is no need to understand the mechanics of the software.

Intuition is a middle ground between having consciously learned something and knowing something instinctively.

3. The Idiomatic Paradigm

  • It is based on the way we learn and use paradigms.
  • It uses contextual and conscious thoughts.
  • So the key observation about the idioms is that although they must be learned, good ones only need to be learned once.

For examples: checkboxes, radio buttons, push buttons, combo boxes, icons, tabs, etc.