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Meet student developer Roger Landolt from Switzerland. His App TVerie helps users to remember their TV-Shows whereas KreuzworträtselHelfer helps to solve German crosswords. We asked about his experience developing apps for Windows Phone, here's what he told us:
What inspired you to start developing?
I’m a very curious person and I try to find out how things work. I like to build things to help others and gain knowledge at the same time. I started coding when I was around 12 years old on an old notebook. I started an apprenticeship at a software company, worked there for a few years and then started studying at the University of Applied Science in Rapperswil, Switzerland. My bachelor thesis was on a Windows Store App with some background research, which also helped me to gain some knowledge on how to reuse code on different platforms.
The most inspiring thing about mobile development is the easiness of reaching thousands of users and helping them by sharing my software, so things are clear. I love to help solve problems or remind them of something. It is great to see the download counter of my apps going up and knowing I reached someone new.
Please tell us a bit about your experience with Windows Phone and developing apps.
I already developed with C# before starting with Windows Phone, so it was really easy because I had learned nearly everything before. If there still was a problem or I didn’t know how to proceed, it was simple to find someone with an answer. I had to rethink anything about the user experience as the screen size doesn’t allow you to show too much. After the first app was published, I have got a lot of feedback and started to refine my apps with new features.
Tell us about the apps that you built.
I have published 5 apps at the Windows Phone Store. Here are the two most successful:
With my app TVerie, you can track you TV-Shows and check the episodes you have seen. It allows you to remind yourself about what you have seen and read a short summary of the episodes you have already seen, so you can easily re-watch your show after the season ends. With favorite shows, next episode tags and progress bars you can keep track and enjoy your shows in any language available. Nearly 40’000 Series with around 1.2 million episodes are there for you to track.
Currently I’m developing some new features, including synchronization between devices and the web-platform tverie.com to give you an even deeper experience. The next version will also allow you to find the DVD/Blu-Ray boxes of the seasons on well-known selling platforms.
I’m really excited about some of the reviews I've received: “Excellent! Useful and well updated”, “One of the best apps. Has all the info about all known series. You can add the series for all countries”, “Absolutely awesome!”
KreuzworträtselHelfer is the perfect helper for your German crosswords. Simply enter the given text of the crossword and optionally select the number of letters the searched word has.
On the web-backend all requested words are tracked with their number of possible answers which allows me to add new entries based on your searches. Right know there are over 1.3 million terms in the database.
A few of those reviews I’ve received: “Useful app, user-friendly”, „Top app really to recommend :-)“, „Works great, has so far almost everything found :-)”, “Top app! Very much recommended!“.
Is there anything that you have had to overcome while developing?
First of all, plan your app in advance! This helps you to implement anything in a way which doesn’t block you when adding new features. And even if you work solo on a project it’s really important to keep track of your tasks, bugs, and features you want to implement or already have implemented. This helps you to keep getting forward and push your app to be the best.
Also, listen to the reviews you will get. Sometimes the feedback is hard, but often gives you tips on how to proceed and what to develop next. An example of the user-feedback for my apps is the cloud-synchronization of the TVerie-data, which I was asked for for a few times.
And always remind yourself that the app does help you to learn coding & engineering, but also others with the features you provide them. Keep trying to push your app forward and remind yourself to test new features. With a good idea, motivation and endurance you will build a great app with many thousand users.
Be sure to stay in touch with Roger and learn from his smart and tenacious attitude: Twitter, XING, LinkedIn, Homepage).
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Cool, I know TVerie, it's a great app, thanks for that!!
Great apps, I'm looking forward for more news!! :)
TVerie is great, always upbto date and series in many languages :)
Not as awesome as I am, but still very good apps!
good work, have a beautiful day
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