In past couple of years with increasing of popularity of Windows Phone mobile operating system and increasing the number of the developers in the community, the competition with other mobile platform get more serious than before. Even though, the application development on Windows Phone platform is much easier than other mobile platforms, It doesn’t stop Microsoft from making the app development more easier, faster and even make it available to those who does not have programming background and may not be familiar to application development.
In 2013, Microsoft created web-based solution to ease the application development called Windows App Studio which allow the developers to create their application in few simple steps. The most important thing is, if you are not even experienced, you can follow Microsoft’s guide on how to use the App Studio where it has the step by step guide on how to use different features of App Studio to create useful and informative applications for Windows Phone and Windows 8.
I had the honor to get invited by Microsoft Malaysia to conduct the first Windows Phone rapid application development (RAD) in the region and train the students and professionals on how to speed up their development by using the App Studio. In past few weeks, I was grateful to have more than 100 participants and enthusiastic people how were interested in developing applications for Windows Phone and Windows 8 platforms.
The first training session was hosted in Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation (APU) located in Technology Park Malaysia. The event was sponsored by Microsoft Malaysia, Asia Pacific University, Amanz.my and Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC). Mostly no one would expect large number of participants for any training session for the first time, but shockingly, huge number of people were attending the App Studio training.
and here is an article from Amanz.my regarding the first training session on App Studio http://amanz.my/2014/04/acara-windows-phone-dev-camp-akan-diadakan-sabtu-ini/
In the last training session, different approach was used to maximize the output and ensure the high quality in the developed applications. And as result, surprisingly we would be able to get quality applications developed by students during the training and published by end of the session.
In the following, I would like to list some of the applications developed by participants and I would like to congratulate these new developers and hope to see they contribute more to local application eco-system.