Windows Phone Resources
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 builtA. 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.
Q. What inspired you to start developing? A. When I was 12 years old I got an HP iPaq H4350, which ran Windows CE 3.1. I was totally amazed at the power and utility of the Pocket PC and all the apps running on it. Since that time I wanted to develop my own mobile apps. That has truly inspired me to become a mobile developer.
Q. Have you ever hit a bump in the road while developing? If so, how did you overcome it?A. Yes I hit a few bumps in the beginning. You can overcome it very easily thanks to great developer communities/forums on the internet. Also, Microsoft developers are very helpful. In my case Ben Lower from the Windows Phone developer ecosystem at Microsoft gave me some great advice (and also the 'I love WP' ascii art as shown in the top picture). I realized that as many bumps you overcome you learn more about the platform and programming in general every time you have to overcome it. Patience is really, really important.Q. Do you have any advice for students?A. Always start your project with a positive approach. Never think that anything is too difficult to implement in code. One really handy tip is to try and build and work with a team. Not only will you get mental support, but also you can split tasks to make life simpler. As students we have limited time and loads of ideas to implement. I take help for algorithms, graphics and marketing from members of my team. Coding a great app is only half the journey, the other half is graphics and marketing, which are equally important. Also, working with a team will prepare you with team work skills for your future job/entrepreneurial venture. Windows Phone is one of the best platforms for students to develop mobile apps as it is simple, powerful and definitely has the best student developer community.Be patient, work hard and you definitely will succeed!Decoding’s first hackathon! Working with a team really helps. You can see the rest of our members here.Q. Where can students learn more about you?A. Everyone can visit my website decodingtech.com, contact me via email: email@example.com or on twitter (@shashwatpradhan) for a chat on starting Windows Phone development, on the latest technology or to catch up on some gaming. We are also looking to add new members to our team! Also, do remember to check out my app TWEEDS on Windows Phone marketplace.
It is really inspiring to see hardworking students..keep up the good work.
Tried the app .. Its pretty cool. No need to login in twitter and the gorgeous metro UI.
Killer stuff .. Congrats, keep it up
Great stuff dude ... Hope I can also build WP apps this good
Nice app dude. Really nice story, thanks for sharing.
Great twitter client Shashwat, I am really impressed. Shall talk to you on twitter abt WP development.
Great story, shud inspire me as well
Love hearing this kind of stuff! Kudos