So, I’ve spent ages trying to learn to code on an Android. I’ve read a few books. I’ve got my dev environment all set up. I’ve coded a few test apps and put them on my phone. But the going is slow. If I were a Java developer, I’d probably be all over it.
A friend asked me to do a quick Windows Phone 7 app and I could not believe how easy it was. Since I’ve been working heavily with Silverlight for the past few years, I know most of the code already. I had to do minimal reading to get a full app up and running. It was was nice to work in Visual Studio again. Using Resharper, I was flying through the code.
I only wish more people had Windows Phone 7.
I would get a phone myself, but 3 things are holding me back currently:
- I don’t want to be one of 5 people in the UK with a Windows Phone 7.
- It’s not open, like Android is. I would be at the mercy of the phone manufacturers for upgrades (like with an iPhone).
- It doesn’t have expandable memory (to my knowledge).
- My current contract isn’t up until April.
But it’s nice to be able to write apps so quickly (since I spent so much time learning the trivial details of Silverlight). Maybe.