Today I’m pleased to feature a Windows Phone app named Diet Planner that is featured twice on Windows Phone store; the first time in Pakistan alone while later in Pakistan, Yemen and Azerbaijan. We contacted the developer of the application to share with us her experience of developing for Windows Phone,
Could you please tell us a bit about yourself and your background?
We are a group of students namely Moatter Butt, Zoya Saeed, Rida Qasim and Samreen Anwar Khan. Our passion for computer science and more precisely the urge for development on windows phone platform brought us to Microsoft Innovation Center, Lahore as interns four months ago where we got hands-on knowledge for this development platform. It elevated our passion and interest for WP application development.
How the idea of the Diet Planner came to you?
We friends were sitting together one day brainstorming on what to take up as our final year project when the idea of making a complete fitness application popped up. Diet Planner now happens to be one module of the complete package (My Fitness Doctor) that we shall be publishing in the near future. The objective behind this is to make the user aware of the calories and other nutrients that various food items carry within them and keeping that in mind they can then plan their diet according to the targeted fitness level. Again, this is only one module and will make more sense when the complete fitness application "My Fitness Doctor" will be out in the marketplace.
Why you decided to implement this idea specifically on Windows Phone?
Windows Phone was a relatively new and less-explored platform when the idea of this application was conceived. Windows Phone platform also provided some handy features which have not been found in any of the other development platforms. There were very few applications already in the marketplace for health and fitness. It was an opportunity that one should not miss. Hence, Diet Planner ended up as an application fit for development on the Windows Phone platform.
What resources on Microsoft or community side you found most helpful while working on the app? Could you please take us on a quick tour to understand your application better?
When this application was started, we had no know-how or prior experience on windows phone application development. With technical expertise available from Microsoft Pakistan and a plethora of help available online at MSDN and channel9, we learned different aspects of WP development and gradually built up our skills level and pace whose end-result turned out to be Diet Planner.
Diet Planner is a nutrition and diet related application, built for the purpose of letting users know of the calories count for various food items so that they can plan their meals and diet accordingly. This is to encourage healthy eating habits among individuals. This application is just one module of the complete health and fitness application “My Fitness Doctor”.
What are your interests behind technology?
Technology inspires me. Today, technology is one of the most powerful ways to success and achievements. I believe that this is one area which if worked upon, can take a nation from base level to the skies. I am and will try to put every effort possible to bring a positive change through our contributions.
Any plans for new apps or projects in general?
At present I am still working on some of the other modules for the My Fitness Doctor. I do have a few other ideas in mind and will start working on them as soon as I am done with this one.
What would you advise to Developers in the region who also would like to become Pakistan Hero?
Just one thing – whatever you develop, develop it keeping in mind that you are not an individual only, you are part of a nation, a country that you have to make proud. Develop, for your country; make it rise in the international platform.
Where the community can catch up with you online or offline?
I am available at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org