An Interview with WP7 Developer Bishoy Labib

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

I’m a web developer, mostly using Microsoft technologies. I did some apps for the old Windows Mobile long time ago, but now mainly I’m developing Silverlight games aside from Web Development.

This is one of my promising games online at http://www.mashooo.com/SilverlightGames/Construction.aspx

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

Because it offers a very easy transition from .NET and Silverlight development. I believe a lot of the current Microsoft developers will find it very attractive platform knowing that they can leverage their current skills and target a promising audience.

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

It would be the elegant user interface especially with the panorama views that spans horizontally to make an exciting experience.

4) Are you satisfied with WP7 Platform development tools?

Yes, I’m very satisfied. It’s in beta and it’s working good enough. I’m sure the release version will be more streamlined and provide more controls.
I also hope they provide an emulator with the software and with simulations to the sensors like GPS and accelerometer.

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

It’s this experiment that I’m doing with Magic Garden, which got good user feedback. I think it can be a way to make fun when bored, show your friends some tricks or may be it can turn out to contain a few puzzles with physics interactions.

Beside that I’m also willing to port my Silverlight games: Solitaire and Construction.

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

I think multitasking will be the biggest missing feature. Also a newer browser is required that supports HTML5, Silverlight and Flash.

7) Future Plans of you? 

I’m willing to put these games for free on the WP7 marketplace and see if they get popular, I may get to release a second versions of them with more features.

Apart from these questions, Other things you want to share with the community?

Now Silverlight game developers have a good opportunity to distribute their games with Windows Phone 7. I wish the quality titles that are produced for Silverlight convenes large web games portals to support Silverlight as a main game platform providing the same opportunity on the web.

Thanks Bishoy for sharing with us.I want to mention that I’m a big fan of his Construction game which uses Silverlight’s Physics Engine.Try when you are free.

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