- 03-16-2013, 04:58 AM #4
I'm just starting to write some test apps to get used to WP8 and WP overall. I think they will be more devs coming as time passes, specially once MS can unify some of the tools to write apps for Win8 and WP8 using the same code. As of now, we can share some code, but tru unification will help WP8 gain more devs.
- 03-18-2013, 12:11 PM #5
i hear that too- but they _have_ to be hanging out somewhere. there are a TON of really smart guys/gals that code for m$ daily. the unification part seems to be key ( i guess ?) so they can write it one time and apply it to tablet/slate, desktop, and phone all at once ?
maybe that's going to be the big deal-io with wp9 / or blue, whichever ? pure speculation, here.
03-18-2013, 03:22 PM #6
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Before WP8 there was lot of activity going on in xda forums for WP7. But now it is ghost town due to the following problems.
The first hurdle is developer account for which devs have to pay $100 to MS for testing their apps on their own phones. Some developers went for that though it was unfair.
For WP8 the big hurdle is supporting hardware and software. Most of the dev community is still using Windows 7 whereas WP8 applications can only be developed on Windows 8. They need latest hardware which should have SLAT and Hyper-V support to test their apps on windows phone emulator.
Due to all this, it is not attracting the homebrew community which was a big force behind the development of Windows Mobile and Symbian.
- 03-23-2013, 05:35 AM #8
This us why there are so many developing on Android. Eclipse runs on any version of anything (Win and Mac) and you only need a developer account to publish to the market. So you can code, test and run on your own device without it costing a penny.
- 03-23-2013, 06:49 AM #9
I have a 64 bit Dual-core CPU on my laptop(My desktop rig is a different story) so it has no SLAT support so no emulator. But I can use the emulator just fine from the windows server without the need of SLAT support in my CPU. So there are options beside changing your hardware you just have to know your stuff and find workarounds. So consider using the SDK from the server edition of windows and you are good to go to use the emulator.
- 03-23-2013, 07:20 AM #10
I think we have to consider WP8 as a version 1 OS. The app and dev availability is much like it was for IOS when that was in its first versions. I think we'll see greater maturity in the SDK and DEV tools (including integration) when we're at version 2 (8.5?? 9??).
Another key question here is going to be whether current WP8 HW will be upgraded to WP8.5, 9 etc similar to IOS devices. I assume so as MS is so tightly controlling the HW platform spec.
On Android - its open source and yes this appeals to "quick and dirty" dev hence appealing to the low-end of the mass market and emerging economies (which long term means it may well stay dominant) but quality (inc security) as a result is a massive concern.
Where, IMHO, WP (likely later coming versions/SDK/Dev tools) will win will be the high-end consumer market (where IOS currently dominates) and more importantly - business who want a mobile end point they can easily dev for AND manage using tools in the MS portfolio (think EA Licensing here).
- 03-23-2013, 10:19 AM #11
I work with our dev team, but they also have difficulty finding a WP community.
Generally they just write to someone in Microsoft Developer Relation, and only a few problems can be solved.
It seems not about language,but the whole WP developer community has been falling apart.
We developed an open-API for inter app calls, so we can let other apps open downloaded files.
But we can't find a way to let other app developer know...
- 03-23-2013, 11:46 PM #13
- 03-24-2013, 12:24 AM #14
I thought they encouraged discussions of that sort. When I started with a dreamspark account, I was encouraged to involve in discussion back in 2010.
You can of course bring your friends here and hang out at WPC Devs corner ;)
- 03-24-2013, 06:40 AM #15
But we just don't find it helpful... Maybe WP was still new or something, most of the time our problems cannot be solved.
As our Known-Bug-List grows longer, they just felt reluctant to share and discuss any more.
- 03-24-2013, 07:50 AM #17
If they'd had make it work on Win7 I think we'd have a lot more apps by now.
Also, I completely agree with apps being vetted before appearing in the App Store (as long as it's not acting like a dictator, as Apple has sometimes). This is the main reason Google Play is full of crap and malware, lack of approval.
- 03-24-2013, 09:52 AM #18
The more i read the more I'm thinking things will dramatically improve with Windows Blue which does sound like the full standardisation of the OS across platforms. It wikk be interesting to see how RT fits into that and how MS plans to continue to support the legacy. I run an app support team for a large UK wide logistics firm and trust me none of our LOB apps are Win7 compatible let alone Win8 and there is no appetite across the industry to spend the millions needed to reengineer these core line of business apps. This is the key question to me:
Windows is so intrinsic to the operation of millions of LOB apps across millions of businesses. It also has to move forward to a "utility" type offering to harmonise and allow true write-once-run-anywhere that we've all dreamed of for years. The key here is how to fully maintain the legacy (i mean jeez I'm not the only guy supporting mission critical vb6 apps!) while also harmonising the OS across all platforms resulting in a single dev environment, single design language, single app store and the holly grail so to speak.
MS have a lot to do to get there but remember they are the only real player here (google and apple being the others) who have a massive 30+ year mission critical legacy to support too.
- 03-24-2013, 10:03 AM #19
could we please move back to topic? :
if you know of a good wp developer community, post it! this is definitely not a thread for android vs apple vs wp vs cows or any similarity. not a comparison thread, not a poll, not a fan hangout. I'm trying to find the active, hot spots of developement for wp. thanks !
so far I see:
- 03-24-2013, 10:12 AM #20
- 03-24-2013, 10:41 AM #21
The smartphone app gold rush is over so there will most likely never be an app made by a individual with no big backup behind him to wow the world and become a hit. All people care are 1st party apps the one that came with other services Pandora(streaming service), Facebook(social network service), Instagram(social service again), Wells Fargo(banking services), etc. The idea is no one cares for a Pandora replacement no matter how good it is or another facebook app. By now someone could have made a complete instagram clone(still accessing Instagram services for upload) if people would care for using 3rd party apps.
The smartphone has become industry and is not about individuals anymore so you are more likely to get a job doing this than becoming successful as an individual. So no places for individual devs to hang around. You have msdn for api documentation you have stackoverflow.com for specific questions so you have places were you can get specific answers to specific questions. But no place to hang out. Start your development and then when you hit roadblocks you can ask even here or the best place remains stackoverflow.com
- 03-24-2013, 01:51 PM #23
ChMar, I still think individuals can create very good and profitable apps without a megacorp funding it.
I'm thinking of programming students as an example, who don't have a pot to **** in, but may have a good idea and the c#/html5 skills, but have a Win7 machine.
These are the people that have been shut out by MS lack of backwards compatibility for the SDK.
By the way I think Eclipse is a horrible IDE compared to Visual Studio and Xcode (I use all three), but as I've said before, it's accessible to all, not just the well off.
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