Shortly after Victoria Day, Atley Hunter (@atleyhunter), a local GTA developer, and Phone geek, sent me an email letting me know of a challenge that he had set up for himself – he was going to write 7 Windows Phone 7 applications in 7 days.
The premise of the challenge was to start in the morning with a new app idea, code the app during the day, test it, and then release the application to the Windows Phone Marketplace before 11:59:59 PM each day. Sounds fun, eh? He chronicled the challenge, code, commentary, and all on his blog.
Check it out!
- Day 1 (Black Book) focuses on Isolated Storage.
- Day 2 (Hearsee) gets into XNA to work with sound recording and playback.
- Day 3 (HealthCalc) explores using different page controls to create different app experiences.
- Day 4 (Recorder) takes a look at MVVM and the Windows Phone Data Bound Application template.
- Day 5 (Destinations) demonstrates using Bing Maps and GeoCoding in Phone apps.
- Day 6 (Bustin’ Ballz) introduces using the accelerometer as a means of interfacing with an app/game.
- Day 7 (Emoticon-ary) shows Telerik’s (@telerik) RadControls for Windows Phone in action.
- App Summary
So what’s the lesson from this challenge? Developing applications for Windows Phone 7 is a breeze! If you’re tossing around the idea of creating a phone app, stop tossing. Start doing! Getting your next big app idea out to the world doesn’t have to be a big project. As Atley mentions in his summary:
… I could get apps done even faster than I previously thought. I have always said that the tools were fantastic, easy to use and the most complete I had ever seen for a mobile platform. Doing this just proved that to me without a doubt.
For those of you already creating phone apps, you know this already! So I challenge you, similar to what Atley has done – take your app ideas, code them, test them, and see how fast you can get them all in to the Marketplace!