An Interview with WP7 Developer Robert Hellestrae

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

No, I have not developed mobile applications for other mobile platforms.

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

As a Silverlight web developer the past three years, it’s a very natural progression to write applications for Windows Phone 7. This is based on the WP7 framework of Silverlight (C# and Xaml).

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

The Panorama control is my favourite feature (if I can only choose one), and opens up several mobile application scenarios, with unique methods of presenting data and working with graphics.

4)Are you satisfied with WP7 Platform development tools?

Yes, I am very satisfied with the Windows Phone 7 development tools.

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

I have developed two social media apps for Windows Phone 7 – twitter | flickr | news | web, a) 100 non-profit organizations b) 100 top twitter users (based on # of followers)

Social Media application for Nonprofit Management Organizations, built for Windows Phone 7.

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

I was fortunate enough to have an LG pre-production Windows Phone 7 test device for the entire month of September, and testing WP7 applications on an actual device assists in determining if any adjustments are necessary.

7)Future Plans of you?

I am working on a Windows Phone 7 application for the Art Institute of Chicago, with plans to deploy the Panorama control for presenting gallery images from an online collection.
In February of this year, I watched a keynote presentation, via live streaming, of Steve Ballmer @ the Barcelona, Spain Mobile World Conference. During the speech, Windows Phone 7 was announced, with XNA | Silverlight as development platforms. This information caught my attention, and as soon as beta tools became available in March, I have worked on creating useful, and interesting, prototype mobile applications.
Secondly, the online community, via forums, have helped a great deal answering technical questions about designing | developing mobile apps for Windows Phone 7.

Thanks Robert for sharing with us.

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