Posts tagged Windows Phone 7
As I’m working on finishing up the GetHuman app for Windows Phone 7 I am trying to make sure it loads fast and never has the user be forced to wait for data to get updated. To begin with I am working to make the main portion of the data update without any user interface slowdown. I am attempting to do this by downloading the data in the background and storing in locally. Also then if the user is in a situation without connectivity it will allow them to have at least one contact method for each company on their phone at any time and not break the basic functionality of the application.
The next time data is pulled is when a company is selected from the main list. At this point alternate contact methods, tips, and ratings are pulled for that individual company listing. To help ensure these options are loaded quickly I enlisted the use of Morten Nielsen’s GZipWebClient (NuGet, blog post, source) and Json.NET.
On the blog Zvonko’s Playground I found this handy little excerpt on how to use the combo of Nielsen’s SharpGIS GZipWebClient and Json.NET to quickly grab the company details and store them for use in the app. (more…)
So it has been a while since I last posted, but I am still working on porting GetHuman app to the Windows Phone 7 platform. Sadly due to my combination of being easily distracted and also being legitimately busy (at least sometimes) it has been taking me a while to get this finished. I do have some screen shots of the progress so far. By no means are these finished, but just a sign that I am making some progress… As always I’m open to any design comments or suggestions.
So I got in touch with Brandon Watson and have already worked on developing GetHuman for Windows Phone 7 and also a few other apps. The real reason I am writing this article is to express how impressed I am with Windows Phone 7 after switching from WebOS.
I have been a pretty loyal fan of Palm and now HP in WebOS’s dying days. I have gone from a Palm Pre, to a Sprint Franken Pre+, and lastly a Sprint Franken Pre 2. If you are still a die hard fan of WebOS and still have your Palm Pre do yourself a favor and switch to Windows Phone 7. After just playing with the HTC Mazaa development device I got from Microsoft, I have already gone out and bought myself a Sprint HTC Arrive to replace my aging Palm Pre 2. I must admit though, Sprint yet again desperately needs to support better phones. I love Windows Phone 7, but one device is hardly a selection.
Slightly good news after the bad news of HP killing all WebOS device production. HP has decided to sell me the loaner tablet that I was using for development. I will continue to work on a few tablet app ideas and making a few minor updates to the GetHuman app. The first update has already been submitted for review to the HP app catalog, so make sure to keep an eye for it.
Here is the link to the app again in case you need it:
In the meantime, if you have any ideas for some better apps please let me know. I just downloaded the Windows Phone 7 SDK and I am already working on learning my way around this new platform.