An Interview with WP7 Indie Developer Pieter De Rycke

1)Have you developed Apps for any other platforms before?If Yes What are  they?
I experienced with Google Android in the past, but I never created any“real” applications for it.

2)Why did you choose WP7 as a platform of your choice?
I have always been a Java guy, but about a half your ago I became a junior .Net architect at my work. So I wanted something to learn c# and .Net with something that was beyond the classical “Hello World”.
So I decided to port Frozen Bubble from Perl to C# as a personal challenge. Around the time I started with Frozen Bubble for .Net, Microsoft released the first preview version of their developer tools for WP7. I immediately liked the WP7 OS and that’s why I decided to also bring Frozen Bubble to WP7.

3)Which one do you think as the single most feature you liked in WP7?
Undoubtedly the new Metro GUI.

4)Are you satisfied with WP7 Platform development tools?
Yes, I really like the way how Microsoft is focusing on the developers. Microsoft has made the preview SDK available for everyone and they are updating it at regular intervals as the development of
WP7 continues. I also like the fact that they have included free versions of both Visual Studio 2010 and Blend in the SDK. This makes developing for WP7 possible for everyone.

5)What are the Apps you are developing now in WP7?
I am currently busy with finalizing Frozen Bubble for both Windows and WP7 and I am also thinking about implementing multiplayer functionality between the 2 platforms. Besides XNA game development, I am also busy creating a VNC client in Silverlight. But that project is still in the early stages.

6)In what way Microsoft can improve their WP7 or What does WP7 lacks from?
As an end user: I think copy and paste support should be added to the OS in a future release.
As a developer: I find it frustrating that in some regions it is difficult to obtain a developer device. For example: I live in Belgium and for my country there apparently no developer devices available;  Microsoft will here only organize a number of lab days to test your application on a WP7 device. While this is better then nothing, it makes it difficult to implement and test features like the accelerometer or the multi touch capabilities in games and applications because they are not possible with the emulator.

7)Future Plans of you?
Continue coding for fun 🙂 and I will probably write some articles about developing for WP7.

8) Apart from these any other things you want to share with the community?
Yes, to all developers: check out the WP7 SDK. You will really like it. My Twitter:

Thanks Pieter De Rycke.All the best for your WP7 Development Efforts.

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