August, 2012

  • Welcome to the 2013 Imagine Cup Season!


    I'm John Scott Tynes, your new Imagine Cup Competition Manager, and it's my very great pleasure to announce the start of our new season. Today we take our first steps on the road to St. Petersburg, Russia, where all of our efforts will culminate in our Worldwide Finals in July, 2013. To get started, I'm excited to share some great news!

    Read the full blog on the Imagine Cup site here.

  • Featuring Student Developer, Shashwat Pradhan

    Q. Tell us about your experience with Windows Phone
    A. My experience with Windows Phone has been really great! You can make apps really quickly using the Windows Phone SDK and they look just fabulous. I am coming here from the Android platform so I have many things that I love about the Windows Phone Platform. I find the User Interface (UI) really fresh and inspiring and have even used some of its elements on my website: <decoding>. The minimization of fragmentation is also delightful to see. This indeed does make the Windows Phone platform brilliant.
    Q. Tell us about the apps that you have built
    A. I have built quite a few apps for Android, but now I am moving to Windows Phone because of the fascinating UI and a good app ecosystem. My first app for Windows Phone is TWEEDS; it is a simple Twitter client, which is meant to fetch a desired user's feed (or tweets). The USP of the app is its quick speed and responsiveness. I developed this app in freshman year! The inbuilt UI elements (buttons, text boxes, etc.) of Windows Phone are really amazing, so we as developers need to spend lesser time on graphics and still end up building a great looking app.

  • Featuring Student Developer, Matt Olson

    My experience with the Windows Phone Platform

    From the moment I picked up a new Windows Phone 7 phone (the Nokia Lumia 800) I’ve been in love with it.  I actually got mine for free from Microsoft after I had expressed interest in getting a free Windows Phone by becoming a Windows Phone developer from day one.  The deal I worked out with my local technology evangelist was that if I could write a Windows Phone app in a two-day period he would give me a free phone. I had done some Android and some iOS development work before, and I knew the pains that came along with them. For my first app I wanted to do something very simple, and over the next couple of days “Simple Windows Phone Notepad” was born.  That app was simple: it had a textbox that allowed you to write text and save it to the phone’s isolated storage.  At first I thought that mobile development for Windows Phone would be painful and, to be honest, a task I would never want to do.  That all changed from that first app.  Since that first app, I have had 3 others published in the marketplace, including the one I’ll talk about here.

    Where’s My Car? – Inspiration

    “Where’s My Car?” was actually my third phone app out of four. I remember very clearly how I was inspired to write this app. Have you ever forgotten where you parked your car after a sporting event, going to the mall, or just wondering around downtown? It happens. And it happens to a lot of people. One day I had walked out of one of the malls in Tampa, and I remember completely forgetting where I had left my car. Mind you, this was a big mall! At the risk of heat stroke and severe dehydration, I stepped forth into the 90º weather to search for my car. Eventually about a half hour later I found my car, discovering it was on the complete opposite end of the mall that I thought it was on.

  • Featuring Martin Gernegross - Developer of Windows Phone App Flying Tiles

    My name is Martin. I’m one of the developers of the so called Windows Phone game FlyingTiles (see previous blog post on FlyingTiles for additional information about the app). Below, I will share the experiences that I had with Microsoft as well as the development for Windows Phone. 

  • Windows Phone Wednesday - Student Featured App: Stop Music

    Do you love to listen to music while you fall asleep? If so, Stop Music enables you to set a timer for the music to turn off after you’ve fallen asleep. Keep in mind that this app saves a lot of battery, as the timer will only update every 5 seconds instead of every second. Everything is optimized to use as little battery as possible, so you won’t wake up with a dead phone.

    Stop Music was developed by a student, and with a 5 out of 5 star rating, you don’t want to miss this one. 

    If you are interested in developing with Windows Phone, be sure to check out the Getting Started Guide. It provides simple steps to follow, so that you can create your app with ease.