Windows Phone Resources
Tell us about your experience with Windows Phone.
Ever since I got my original Samsung Focus, I’ve been a huge fanboy of Windows Phone and its surrounding ecosystem. Windows Phone is a fast OS that’s easy-to-use and full of useful features. Developing for Windows Phone has pretty much been the same story. Visual Studio is simply incredible, and all the resources online are great. I develop independently like many others, but I never feel really overwhelmed with what I’m doing.
What inspired you to start developing? When did you get started?
I actually started developing for Windows Phone fairly recently. It was in the beginning of this summer, after my freshman year. My main motivator then (and still today) was to make apps that I myself wanted to use and couldn’t find in the Marketplace. There’s no denying that Windows Phone is still young and doesn’t have as many apps as iOS and Android. This makes it a great opportunity for students to get started by filling holes.
Talk about the apps that you have built.
Going along with the need to close the app gap, my first two apps were third-party apps made to fill the holes of absent official apps. Wolfram Alfalfa is the simplest and is basically a search link to Wolfram Alpha, but it also features an offline formula parser and is one of only apps that extends the Windows Phone’s keyboard, allowing for quick math typing. Streak The Cash is an app that plays ESPN’s Streak for the Cash fantasy game. My proudest work so far is my third app, Unit Converter+. It is a fully customizable unit converter that allows users to define new units from existing units and use them in conversions. I’m an engineering student, so it’s great having an essentially limitless unit converter.
Is there anything that you have had to overcome while developing? Did you ever hit a bump, what/how did you learn from it?
As expected, the biggest thing for me to overcome in Windows Phone was the initial learning curve. However, I was lucky enough to somehow find Bob Tabor’s tutorial on Channel9. In a series of videos spanning four days, he goes from the basics of C# and XAML to building a functional note-taking app. I actually didn’t even get through the whole series. Around halfway through, I was so excited by the power and ease of development that I skipped the rest and got started.
Do you have any advice for your fellow students?
While developing, you need to have the Internet opened alongside Visual Studio. There are so many good sites, blogs, forums, samples, and tutorials that’ll teach you to do almost anything with Windows Phone. I have 40+ favorites currently saved that are all devoted to development. Windows Phone has a great community, and it really helped accelerate me and my apps.
Another resource that I recently started exploring and found helpful is my school. Try to find other students or groups at your school that are involved in app development. They can offer much of the same help as the Internet, but in a more personal and fun way. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll find someone down the hall from you that you can quickly bounce a question off of whenever you’re stuck. These people don’t necessarily have to be working with Windows Phone either. You can still get support and even offer to create a Windows Phone counterpart to their apps.
Other than that, Good Luck!
hey...can you please say me from where to i have start? because i have not make in past these type of application...
sorry i have no time to do tis...........
Any chance you'd be willing to publish your development bookmarks?
I'm sure they'd be much appreciated by your fellow aspiring student developers!
Thanks for your inspiring example.
Hi akta kalariya - I recommend downloading the Windows Phone app development Getting Started Guide here: go.microsoft.com. Best of luck!