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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.
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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.
Tell us a little about your experience with Windows Phone.
Building apps for Windows Phone is fun. The SDK makes it simple for the developers, especially the student developers; its powerful and easy interface makes it the best among others.
Tell us about the apps that you have built.
I currently have two apps in the Marketplace, namely, Rapid Reflex and taxilocator. Rapid Reflex is a simple two player game, designed keeping in view the likes of students and office goers to refresh them during the breaks and cause an adrenaline rush. On the other hand, taxilocator is designed keeping in view the interests of tourists. This app lets you call the cab instantly from your Windows Phone; you also have an option to check the route, the time it will take you to reach your destination. I’m also working on 3 apps at present and will be launching it in the Marketplace soon.