I’ve used TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) to get to work and move around in Toronto. They implemented a good service where each bus is equipped with a GPS device transmitting its location and through today’s technologies that information reaches the internet and the phone of each one of us accurately and in real-time.
The apps available for WP7 didn’t have all the features that I wanted so I decided to build my own app.
Some features I wanted in my app that didn’t find in others:
- Fast access to favourites
- Map with routes
- Information for multiple cities
- Alerts (TTC only)
You can find the application here: http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/realtime-bus/69bd4a05-65b4-4633-b40d-7d18d9f46edc
I wanted to build this app since I bought my WP7 but unfortunately it wasn’t possible to have background tasks running on the phone. It was great to know that Mango would bring this functionality to the Windows Phone and I started working on the app right away.
Since I program these WP7 apps outside work it takes a while to get them done. Geo Reminders allows us to program alarms or reminders depending on our location. This is useful to set a reminder for the next time you visit a place for example. Or imagine that you left a book at work and you want to bring it home, you set the reminder that will only go off when you arrive at work so that way you can grab the book and put it near your stuff when you leave.
Here are some screen shots:
The application is available since early March in the marketplace. You can download it here.
This summer I decided to build something for WP7 in Silverlight to learn something new. Places I’ve Seen was the result of my learning experience. It was fun to use Silverlight, it’s very easy and the Visual Studio Editor for Silverlight/WPF is amazing (didn’t try Express Blend yet) and the data binding of controls saves a lot of boring work.
Based on Where I’ve Been, Places I’ve Seen allow you to save a list of your visited locations around the globe, as well as a list of locations to visit (like a wish list). There are three ways to add items to your lists:
- by typing the name and choosing from a list;
- by picking a image from your library (only works if you have geo tagging on);
- or by adding the current location using GPS (this only adds to the list of visited places).
In addition I thought it would be cool to view images from each place so I added that functionality that searches images on Flickr from a place of your choosing.
Here are a few screen shots of what it looks like on the phone:
It’s available on zune here.