Friday, September 23, 2011

Geocaching Helper for Windows Phone 7

After some weeks without a post, I'm finally motivated to write another one ;)

During my internship I worked on a project developed in Silverlight so I know Silverlight quite well now. During the internship I decided to port the Geocaching Helper to the Windows Phone 7 platform but it didn't work out because my Windows PC is too old and the WP7 emulator doesn't work in a virtual machine (and I didn't want to install Windows via bootcamp). So I wouldn't have been able to test my app(s).
Then something awful and great at the same time happened: webOS "died". I already wrote about that exactly a month ago and two weeks ago I finally received my WP7 developer phone. Since then I worked hard on porting the Geocaching Helper to WP7 while not only including the features already available on other platforms but also developing a user interface that conforms to the look & feel of WP7.

The project was pretty easy finished because C# is a very nice programing language and Silverlight's native library (enhanced with the Silverlight Toolkit project) really rocks :)
Now I am proud to announce that another platform runs my Geocaching Helper app. Unfortunately there is no App Hub Webstore (or at least I didn't find it) so the download/info link will only work on WP7 and computers with Zune installed (I'm not sure it the Mac sync app is able to display WP7 deep links).

Have fun with another port of the Geocaching Helper and please send me feedback if you're using one of my apps! By the way: the GCHelper for WP7 is currently the only one that includes advertisement and a link for donations. I don't know yet if the other will follow (at least concerning ads) – I have to wait if the strategy works and I can make a little bit money by having ads (and a donation button) instead of selling the whole app.

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At January 10, 2012 at 1:10 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you plan more Updates for this app.
This type of app are very helpful.
Please more Features :-)

At January 11, 2012 at 1:00 PM , Blogger Dustin Steiner said...

Yes, I plan more updates, as soon as I have the time and ideas for new features :)


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