An Interview with Mobile Apps developer Chris from foundation42

1)Have you developed Apps for any other platforms before?If Yes What are they?

We’ve been developing mobile apps now for about 18 months.  Most of the work we’ve done is for 3rd parties.  Earlier this year we released a game "WordMonger" on the iPhone and when the iPad came out we did an HD version for that platform. We’re also working on a title for the Zune HD.

2)Why did you choose WP7 as a platform of your choice?

Our team is a lot more comfortable with the Microsoft tool chain.  In fact a couple of us worked on Visual Studio at Microsoft back in the 90’s; so, it’s hardly surprising that we find it easy to get stuff done in this environment. 

There is a rich ecosystem around C# and .Net.  The amount of resources available to developers makes it possible to build great apps in a fraction of the time it takes to develop in Objective-C or even C++.  We’re a small team so productivity is key to our success.  Seeing great apps such as "The Harvest" from LumaArcade developed in weeks rather than months is a great indication of how easy this platform is to work with.

3)Which one do you think as the single most feature you liked in WP7?

As a developer, the fact that WP7 is built around industry standard technologies such as XNA, Silverlight and .Net.  It means you’re going to see a lot of great apps developed in a short space of time.

4)Are you satisfied with WP7 Platform development tools?

Absolutely!  While there is always room for improvement, we believe Visual Studio is the best development environment available on any platform.  We’ve tried XCode, Eclipse and others – they don’t come close.

5)What are the Apps you are developing now in WP7?

We have a number of apps in the pipeline.  These range from simple productivity applications through games, social networking and more.  In the short term we’re going to be focusing on a broad range of smaller applications that will be ready for the WP7 launch.  Down the road we have plans for some major titles that we’ll announce in the new year.

Here’s a video of WordMonger running on WP7 in the emulator.

Word Explorer is an offline (local) dictionary with a clean, simple user interface.  It has around 170,000 words with definitions that are cross referenced.  You can search for anagrams, use pattern matching and more.

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6)In what way Microsoft can improve their WP7 or What does WP7 lacks from?

WP7 is a great device, Microsoft is doing a great job supporting developers but it’s no secret that they are playing catchup with Apple and Google.  There are a few things that are currently preventing us from developing certain apps.  These include the API for the compass, lightweight background tasks, the ability to interact with the camera at a lower level and native sockets.

7)Future Plans of you?

Our main focus right now is getting a great set of apps ready for the WP7 launch.  We’re really excited about the possibilities with this device and are looking forward to seeing how the platform evolves.

Can’t wait for the launch!

Thanks Chris for sharing with us.All the best for your future works.

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