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Amber Central wins Microsoft State/Local Govt App contest

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In December,  Microsoft launched the Windows Phone Government Apps Contest for state and local government partners to create and submit apps to be deployed into immediate production.

With the recent launch of the new Windows Phone, this contest provided an excellent opportunity for partners, developers, and hobbyists to showcase their skills by creating a Windows Phone application that meets real world needs of citizens or government customers.

Through this effort, a good mix of apps came about, that facilitates citizen engagement, increase transparency and improve access to government services—all while improving the customer experience for citizens and productivity for government employees.

The final deliberations have been made, and at the 2011 US Public Sector CIO Summit the contest judges announced the winning entries.  50 app entries were accepted, and only 10 were chosen.   And yours truly was on that favored list.

Thanks to Microsoft for hosting this competition, and if you are interested in developing for the Windows Phone 7 platform, Microsoft has launched another apps contest for Health and Life Sciences.  Click here for more info.

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Easy Diary for Windows Phone 7

I have always wanted to get into the mobile space.  Particularly with developing apps.  So when the Windows Phone 7 was announced, as a newbie Silverlight developer (a year ago), I thought this would be a great chance to do so.  And so, I dove in.

The Win Phone 7, a Silverlight & XNA developer platform makes it fairly easy for current Silverlight/XNA developers to transition into the mobile space.  And I have to say, it’s been very exciting.

Easy Diary, a diary/journal application, was my first (of many apps to come) for the Windows Phone 7.  It gives potential users a quick and easy way to record moments throughout their day.  They can also connect with popular social sites like Twitter & Facebook, and display their online activity as part of their diary.  The app took about two weeks of total work, and was released to the Windows Marketplace a few months ago prior to the release of the phone. 

I will soon be posting more info on my current and future apps on my site here.  In the meantime, you can click here to view my app in the marketplace (Zune software required).  There was also a small article posted about my app here.

While I would like to say I figured everything out on my own while developing my app, that just won’t be right.  So I have to give credit where credit is due.  See below for credit(s), resources, and screenshots of the app.

Credit(s)

Laurent Bugnion created a very light, flexible and versatile MVVM framework for the Windows Phone 7 (dubbed MVVM Light), Silverlight, and WPF.  It made my life very easy while developing this app and it will come in very handy in the many apps to come.

Resources

There are many valuable resources pertaining to developing apps for the Windows Phone.  Ranging from beginner to expert levels.  Here are just a few of them:

Screenshots

There are currently over 3,000 apps in the windows marketplace, and it’s going to be very exciting to see many talented developers come up brilliant ideas and even more great apps in times to come.

Good move Microsoft…good move.

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Windows Phone 7 Launch Event

WP7 Launch event

Scott Hanselman announced a contest where you can win a free Windows Phone 7.  Not having had the chance to use a developer phone, it would be an added bonus if I actually won one.  Being that I have never won anything in such “contests”, I figured what do I have to lose besides a few minutes.  So here goes.

P.S. Get all your info here for Windows Phone 7 (wp7) launch events.

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