A new video interview with Nick Landry of @Infragistics tells app developers why having an app in the Windows Phone store is good for the career.
Nick tells his audience that getting into Windows Phone app development is easy – you can jump right in he says. And you don’t have to become a full time Windows Phone app developer to find out what’s available – become a weekend warrior first, he advises.
The advice that Nick has for developers is that having a full portfolio, including apps in the Windows Phone store, is good for the career resumé. ‘If you don’t do it’, Nick says, ‘someone else will – so become one of the Windows Phone app pioneers and you can have a higher profile compared to other developers.’
Nick is enthusiastic about Microsoft’s Azure initiative for the cloud. ‘It makes it very easy to create an application that’s going to save stuff into the cloud and then retrieve it later and you can literally be up and running in less than 10 minutes building applications for Windows Phone using Windows Aziue mobile services.’
Is there going to be a market for Windows Phone apps that will justify spending time and money developing apps?
It’s easier for a developer to get noticed – there’s still a need for a lot of great apps for the Windows Phone store. And it’s a platform that’s growing as well, whereas the others are plateau-ing. It’s still an uphill battle but Windows Phone is growing. And we’re in it for the long run – it’s not just a sprint, it’s a marathon.’
Nick Landry is a Senior Product Manager for @Infragistics, a Microsoft Gold Partner and a leader in user interface development tools that enable developers to build applications across .NET platforms, the Web and mobile devices.