An Interview with WP7 Indie Developer Carlos Rivera

1)Have you developed Apps for any other platforms before?If Yes What are they?
I’ve developed some applications for java based phones and Blackberry widgets.

2)Why did you choose WP7 as a platform of your choice?
This is a very interesting question, there are a lot of things that I like from WP7, It is a very friendly and powerful OS, I like how you can integrate multiple services/applications together for diferent market segments.

You doesn’t not require to learn a new language or to use new tools, and the community it’s very active, when you have an Windows App, you can port it with a few modifications (mostly on configurations :p) and it opens WP7 to an huge amount of potential apps.

3)Which one do you think as the single most feature you liked in WP7?
XNA indeed, because it is the fact that we are getting a real mix between a portable game system and a Smartphone, so right now we can use our phone to play, work and stay in touch.

I mean, the WP7 can be a great complement for the Xbox360 console, and it’s a clear advantage over their close competitors, in addiction, there is a great support for productivity suites like Office, and finally: Internet rich content. 🙂

4)Are you satisfied with WP7 Platform development tools?
Of course, the way in which you develop an application for the WP7 it’s almost the same from a computer program, talking about games you can build something for Windows, Xbox360 and and Windows Phone with the same code, this eases the process of making a product, also, finally we can consume rich content from a Smartphone, I expect Silverlight to grow even faster in the next months.

Compared with other products, the development tools are really easy to install and for deployment stages, and you can get the advantages of the .NET framework, even Linq is there!!

5)What are the Apps you are developing now in WP7?
Currently I’m doing some indie games (SugarBlast! and Nuke Defender)  to test the OS, and at the same time working on a enterprise software to port their systems to the mobile world.

6)Future Plans?

I can wait to see what kind of hardware will use the WP7, so I’m really exited about the possibility to create apps for those new technologies.

Thanks Carlos for sharing your experience with us.All the best for your Apps at marketplace.