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Since the initial release of Windows Phone, Microsoft has been working to remove the obstacles to building applications for the platform. Recently, there’s been a lot of focus on widening the base, with resources designed to make it easier for both inexperienced mobile developers (for example, the Windows Phone App Studio ) and for developers building for other platforms (such as the documentation for Porting Your App to Windows Phone). However, after reading some of the initial Getting Started guides and perhaps building some simple applications, many developers often wonder what to do next, or how to improve the quality of the applications they build. In this article you’ll learn some of the tools, technologies and techniques to know if you want to develop Windows Phone applications for a living.
The starting point for all Windows Phone developers, new and experienced, is the Windows Phone Dev Center. The Dev Center has links to download the SDK, which includes all the tools needed to get started designing and developing for Windows Phone. It also contains the dashboard through which developers submit their applications for certification and publishing. Lastly, it contains links to further training material, code samples and partner resources.
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Web developers know that although testing and debugging an HTML5-based Web app on the desktop is possible, it’s far from optimal. Problems crop up that are sometimes only found when debugging on an actual mobile device.
That’s where weinre comes in. Weinre stands for WEb INspector REmote, and is a debugger designed to work remotely, typically on a smartphone like the iPhone and Android platforms, using Google Chrome and Apple’s Safari browsers as the UI.
Now add Windows Phone 8 and its native browser, Internet Explorer 10, to that list. Oren Freiberg, a Program Manager on the Windows Phone Browser team, blogged today that weinre is now available for Windows Phone. It was a partnership between the Microsoft Open Technologies group and its contributor community.
Instructions on setting up weinre on a Windows Phone 8 device are available on the Open Technologies Web site. The blog page also has a video demo on using weinre.
Microsoft Open Technologies is an independent subsidiary of the company, dedicated to open source software development and collaboration. The group recently celebrated its first year of operation, and has seen many successes in that time.
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Microsoft is paying developers up to $100,000 to get their applications over to the Windows Phone 8 platform, according to a report from Bloomberg Businessweek. This is in addition to a promotion the company is running where it will pay any developer to get their app into the Windows Store ASAP in an effort to catch up to the iOS and Android app stores.
Microsoft first instated the broad $100 Visa card reward in March, offering the bounty to any developer or studio that managed to get its app in by June 30. The rewards were capped at $2,000 per developer.
But Microsoft has even more money to throw at the problem of an underpopulated app store. Sources speaking to Bloomberg said that Microsoft has “been offering $100,000 or more” to companies for building Windows phone apps. Windows Phone chief marketing officer Thom Gruhler told Bloomberg that the store now contains 48 of the 50 most-downloaded apps across all platforms, with Pinterest and Instagram as the holdouts.
The Windows Phone app store now boasts 145,000 apps, a lower number than either iOS or Android had achieved two and a half years after their launches, per a graph from tech-thoughts.net. Microsoft has not made clear whether it will reinstate the $100 Visa card app publication reward once the month is over.