Windows Phone 8 Development, Dark Side

winablipI’ve always been fascinated by mobile development. I’ve been trying out Android and iOS but my interest run out to the fact that almost every software is already written. This is where Windows Phone 8 Development comes into picture. There is lot of room for new applications – free and paid. Though you might not become a millionaire, you will be almost certainly be the first.

So, I made my own Windows Phone 8/8.1 Application. It is a mobile version of Blipfoto – diary site to photographers. You take on picture a day, give it a description and share it. This is called ‘blip’. I’m frequent user of Blipfoto and my Lumia 1020 is taking nice pictures to share. Application is free of charge.

Windows Phone devices are not very good at browsing stuff. I might be a bit harsh to say this, but not supporting file upload in a browser is just a very big down side. This was the main reason I started to make Winablip, Blipfoto application for Windows Phone 8.

Starting is easy, go to Windows Phone 8 Development Site and download Visual Studio Express. This is what you need just to test things out. There’s emulator included in which you can test your apps. There’s still a one catch: You need processor that supports Second Level Address Translation (SLAT) among Hyper-v. This means that you need fairly new machine First processors to include this feature were  Intel Nehalem i3/i5/i7, AMD third-generation Opteron/Barcelona.

If you want to use your own phone for testing, you can unlock one phone for developer purposes. To publish your application you need to have developer account. With this account you can unlock up to three devices. Cost is only tens of dollars/euros. In Finland it costs 14€. This is a one time fee, no annual changes required.

In next Windows Phone 8 Development post I will introduce some key resources to get information.

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