An Interview with WP7 Developer Delvin Hall

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

I have also developed on the Palm WebOs platform. The first app that I created, QuickQueue, is a Netflix queue manager. It was ranked within the top 200 paid apps in their "Hot Apps" promotion. It lets you add and remove items from your instant and disc queues and also see your recently viewed movies.

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

As an asp.net developer, I am familiar with the .Net framework so I though it would be fairly easy to learn how to develop on WP7.  When I heard that the tool that would be used to develop applications was Visual Studio, it made my interest grew even more. It was also very easy to learn Silverlight as most of the controls are drag and drop. For example, you can drag a button out to the design surface, then take a look at the code that was created. Its a great way to start learning.

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

From a developer standpoint,  I really like how complete the developer tools are. Compared to the development environments of other mobile platforms, WP7 is way ahead. Also with the addition of the phone version of Expression Blend, you have another choice on which IDE you want to use.

From a consumer perspective, I really like the use of text and animation within the applications. The Metro user interface is not intimidating at all, but still has a good level of depth to it.

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

The first application that I am developing is "Coaster Crazy".

This app will help coaster fanatics keep track of which coasters they have ridden, and also how many times each coaster has been ridden.  The app will contain the ability to search by park or by coaster name. It will also allow you to search and generate a listing of coasters based on your location using Bing maps. You will also be able to keep a journal and enter notes for any of the coasters you have saved. I started working on this application in order to familiarize myself with the tools, and since the development process was so easy, decided to complete it and release it once i’m done.

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

 As of now, I believe that there are a few features that consumers are really wanting, which just are not built into the platform yet, such as copy and paste and multitasking.  Even if these features are not deal breakers, they are still areas where the competition may have the advantage. There are several types of applications that can not work the way they should without the use of multitasking, or being able to run in the background.

7)Future Plans of you?

I plan to continue to develop applications for WP7 as long as time permits. I have one other application currently in development, but not yet ready to discuss that one. However, you should hear more about my next app soon.  In the long term, i’m also hoping to get involved with game development, so we will see how that goes.

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

If you have not downloaded the tools yet and tried them out, go ahead and do so. This platform is way easier than I expected, so maybe you will be pleasantly surprised as well!

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

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