Open Stockholm Award is Swedish a developer competition where people compete with either their apps or ideas for apps, based on Stockholm’s open data. We hooked up with Peter Drougge who built the great WP-app
om/sv-SE/apps/270e2242-e160-4f05-b70e-b216705349e9">Stockholm Explorer. We asked him about what advice he would give to developers who just started developing, and about an interesting framework of his.
What advice would you give to developers for WP7 who recently started developi
ng? What resources would you recommend?
- Have fun, dig deep and make use of the vast experience available in the community – there’s a huge amount of blogs, tutorials and open source initiatives out there that’ll kickstart anyone in no time at all, seasoned developer or not. Make use of the priority tool we’re talking about: the windows phone. Follow interesting people and sources on twitter so they integrate into the People hub. That way you’ll be able to tap into the grapewine of the developer ecosystem of windows phone, on your phone. I love reverse engineering, but you don’t need to reinvent the wheel – instead, go download open source projects and figure out how they’re put together. Go grab the tools today – there are free versions of them so that won’t event make a dent in your wallet. Get into it, experience it. It’s in motion, It’s now and It’s a blast to be a part of.
Can you tell us a little bit about your framework “LocationServices for Windows Phone” and how it can be used?
- Right at the start of building the first app I could see more and more opportunities where the use of the data at hand would fit nicely, so to save time and keep the development generic I refactored the data layer to a framework – incorporating JSON fetching & parsing, mapping & transforming to observables and strongtyping the requests. Basically it’s a collection of strong typed service calls that turns the JSON result into better suited observable(s), and it’s one of those things that just keeps growing – right now there’s 10, or 11, datasources available, ranging from parking places in Stockholm city, to media from Instagram, to getting the current address from Bing. Every datasource/service used is in some way tied to location-aware results or queries, hence the name LocationServices. It’s free and it’s there to give anyone that needs it a jump in the code so they can focus on other parts of their application. It’ also fully extendable, something i’m planning to write a few articles on soon.
We look forward to that Peter! Thanks for sharing!