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Barbaric September: One Week To Release My First Windows Phone 7 App!

Barbaric Monthly is my attempt at building/improving a coding project per month so that I can experiment with old and new technologies, learn ad infinitum, remain excited about the craft and nurture my passion for software development. This Barbaric Monthly is about developing a windows phone application, in this case a simple quiz game, and releasing it to market.

The word focus in a dictionary

The power of focus is absolutely amazing. I remember spending indefinite amounts of time exploring Windows Phone 7, learning every detail I could, making uncountable little exercises but never building anything for real.

A clear goal, a tight schedule and a near deadline later, I have my first app almost ready. It is a very simple app that is true, and I have cut scope like a maniac, but I think I will release it nonetheless and go iterating on it from there. It will definitely provide a nice foundation where to start from and continue playing with other different aspects of the Windows Phone SDK, WCF and Windows Azure.

That is all for now. Below you can appreciate a screenshot of this piece of mastery:

Quiz 4 couples application screenshot

Now I just need to bend time and space during this week to have something not to embarrassing to publish :).

Passion is Beautiful

Malin and I have just watched the season finale of So You Think You Can Dance and it was so wonderfully beautiful. There is something magical, enchanting, something enthralling about seeing passionate people doing what they love most. Be it dance, be it music, be it writing, be it whatever rocks your world. Joss Whedon said it better than I could ever do:

Passion, it lies in all of us, sleeping… waiting… and though unwanted… unbidden… it will stir… open its jaws and howl. It speaks to us… guides us… passion rules us all, and we obey. What other choice do we have? Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of love… the clarity of hatred… and the ecstasy of grief. It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion maybe we’d know some kind of peace… but we would be hollow… Empty rooms shuttered and dank. Without passion we’d be truly dead.

Please, do the world a favor and follow your passion. Enthrall us. Inspire us.

Epic Articles And News Week 37

Welcome stranger, sit down by the fire and let us hear the epic deeds, the tales of joy, of woe and of note that occurred these past seven days.

Epic News

Epic Articles

Epic Podcasts


P.S. Have you guys tried Pocket? It beats the crap out of Instapaper

P.S.2 Mental Note: Next time I will try to build a story from the weekly articles and news. Now that… would be a thing XD

Barbaric September: Just Got A Theme... And It Is About Love!

Barbaric Monthly is my attempt at building/improving a coding project per month so that I can experiment with old and new technologies, learn ad infinitum, remain excited about the craft and nurture my passion for software development. This Barbaric Monthly is about developing a windows phone application and releasing it to market.

Hmm do not know what happens that I keep starting the Barbaric Monthly mid-month… that’s no way of building anything sort of decent. Mental note: Stop #¤%&$# around and focus.

Anyhow, after a brief brainstorming session I decided that something relatively easy, something that I would be able to pull off by the end of the month, but at the same time interesting, so it will be useful and not crapware, so it will give something to the user, would be a quiz game for couples kind-of-app. (That was a long sentence, got to beware of the prose police)

Basically, it would be a phone app to encourage communication between couples with the spicy wrapping of game dynamics. Below you can see some first mocks:

Paper mockups of the different app screens

P.S: It is amazing before I could stop myself I was thinking about social media integration, customizable avatars, profiles in the cloud, a hundred and one cool features that will be impossible to build in time xDDD

P.S.2: New episode of This Developer’s Life after a long, long time, yey!

Visual Studio 2012 Virtual Launch Event, R.A. Salvatore and 800th episode of .NET Rocks

In 5 minutes the Visual Studio 2012 Virtual Launch Event is starting! Isn’t that exciting or what?! Wonder if they could make something about that ambient music though… before I jump off the window… Anyway, exciting day today, because not only we have the VS2012 launch event but also Apple is supposed to be announcing the new iPhone in something like 30 minutes :). Looks like the next 3 hours are going to be mighty interesting.

Before everything starts and all hell breaks loose, two recommendations:

First, I listened this morning to the Sword and Laser special episode at DragonCon and it was outstandingly awesome. I had not had the chance before to listen to nor see any R.A. Salvatore interview, but that guy is seriously hilarious. Wonderful to listen to him talking about writing and the writing business.

Second, .NETRocks 800th episode with, of course, Richard Campbell and Carl Franklin but also with… Scott Hanselman and Rob Conery! Boom! Do I even need to say anything else?

Update: The VS2012 launch event was pretty good as expected, particularly the super interesting demos by @orville_m on web dev and @nikolelamb on TFS and ALM. Lots of happy talk about current trends in Software Development and how Visual Studio and TFS allow developers to build modern apps and manage the application development lifecycle (Somasegar is not the most charismatic speaker you can find). A Lot of emphasis on continuous integration, continuous feedback, continuous improvement and continuous delivery. They announced Visual Studio 2012 Express, that is now available for download together with all other versions of Visual Studio 2012 but sadly there was no mention of the Windows Phone 8 SDK or when it will be available.

If you want to know more about the features shipped within Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5, Microsoft has released a ton of demos (you can expand each demo category: .NET 4.5 and languages, Web and Cloud, etc) or you can see what’s new by downloading Visual Studio 2012 product guide.

In the meantime, Apple released the iPhone 5 and a bunch of things more.

And now, time to go to bed before Malin exiles me to the solitude, hardness and coldness of the living room couch. :)

Update 2: I have just read the Windows Phone developer newsletter and it looks like the application for Windows Phone 8 SDK Preview is now open until the 17th of September. Quick, quick!