An Interview with WP7 Developer Jonatan

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

A few years ago I wrote a couple of programs to my former device. It was a Neonode, based on Windows CE, which could not run Windows Mobile applications. I developed an MSN-client, a weather application, a stopwatch and a lock-screen-application that showed the clock and status of missed calls / messages.

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

It felt quite natural, since I develop in .net daily. I have not bothered about the Windows Mobile platform before since it´s a bit boring and it has a rather bad end-user experience. But the new Windows 7 Phone is different and brings a much better user experience, so it became natural to test developing for the platform.

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

I like that Microsoft decided to bring Silverlight to the system. It is a very powerful technology that facilitates the creation of a quality user experience.

4)Are you satisfied with WP7 Platform development tools?

Yes. Certainly, it would be easier if everything was in place from the beginning. It takes some time to have to install new versions now and then. But at the same time it´s exciting to see how the platform develops. The development environment works very well. The main disadvantage for me is not having any device to run tests on.

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

Right now I´m trying to learn some XNA because it´s something I have not tried before. For me, it helps to come up with something more than “hello world” when I want to learn something new, so therefore I came up with the idea that it would be fun to write a Lemmings clone.

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

I hope they have a pretty aggressive plan for how they´re planning to update the system with new features. Certainly there are features missing, but I hope and believe that Microsoft listens to the users and will make sure that the platform becomes more complete over time.
It would also be nice to see some more focus on enterprise development.

7)Future Plans of you?

I will try to complete Roblings (the Lemmings clone). Then there are a lot of ideas of programs that would be fun to do. Unfortunately I have limited time to spend on my own projects, so we´ll see.

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

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