What is Your Take on Mobile App Development?

So what’s the #mobileappSEA coders think? What stack is mobile dev on or moving to, where do you think it is going?

#wp7/#wp7dev + Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Windows Azure

I got to mess around with the Windows Phone 7 SDK finally over the last few weeks (Twitter hashtags #wp7 and #wp7dev).  The first few things I noticed was that there are a lot of missing parts to it.  Namely the calendar control I fussed about well over a month ago in Windows Phone 7 Calendar Control.  Even with the missing elements I kept wondering what I could build that would be useful and might be a good open source project?  I finally stumbled on the idea that I’d roll a few of my points of study together into one;  Windows Azure, Amazon Web Services, and Windows Phone 7.  With that stumbling notion I navigated straight over to Codeplex and rolled a new project!

With that written, I hope I can get some of you cloud afficionados and gurus to put in a few hours a month to help build a rockin’ open source mobile admin app!  If you’re interested please e-mail and I’ll get you setup on the project ASAP!  🙂

Here are my first few user stories just to get things started.  If you think of other functionality, please feel free to add that to the comments below or to the tracking section on the Codeplex Project.


NETDA, Android User Group, and Week Review

I went to the last .NET Developers Association (NETDA) in Redmond this week.  It was a decent meet, covering the Windows Phone 7.  For the most part it was some basic material, but good to get out and make some connections on the east side.
Seattle Android Users Group
On Tuesday it was time for the new Seattle Android Users Group.  This time the presentations covered two topics, and I’m going to quote from the actual meetup page:
“Two App Creation Engines Enter! One Exits!
In the red corner we have Abraham William who will be demonstrating live the Google App Inventor, and it’s untold powers in education and usability!
In the blue corner we have, coming direct from Adobe, Ryan Stewart to show Flash, and how Adobe is going to change the way you, application engineers, will write software!”
…and The Week Review in links…

Windows Phone 7 Calendar Control

I’ve been doing some Windows Phone 7 development and research into what is and is not available in the beta.  A fellow coworker of mine and I stumbled upon the sad realization that there isn’t a calendar control at this time!  Is this really true Windows Phone 7 team!?!?

Even Bing says no control.  🙁

Windows Phone 7 Calendar Control Search Results
Windows Phone 7 Calendar Control Search Results

Does anyone else out there in the blogosphere or twitterverse know if there is something available, or that may be available very soon?

This is something that absolutely needs to be in the RTP of the Windows Phone 7 SDK when it is released, and am honestly surprised it isn’t available now.