A quick update

This blog has languished for quite some time, and several of the pages for my apps have went without updates for a long while. I plan on reviving this site in the next few days with more pages to showcase my apps as well as hopefully a blog post or two about my experiences with developing Windows Phone and Windows 8 apps over the past 2 1/2 years. The situation is no longer as dire as my previous blog post mentioned, now that I have several apps that have seen a reasonable amount of exposure and success in the Windows and Windows Phone Store. I plan on talking about that in an upcoming blog post.

HoshiDict launched and app publicity

HoshiDict has finally hit the Windows marketplace last week after several months of development (well, it was more a week or so of development, then a week of not working on it, followed by a week of development, and repeat). An ad-free version of Tap2Trans Browser was released as well. Check out the links at the top of this page to see the apps.

One thing I noticed with Tap2Trans Browser is that it’s much more difficult getting the attention of users for Windows Phone as opposed to webOS. I remember when I launched HoshiDict for webOS last year and all that was required for users to take notice was a single forum post at PreCentral to get noticed. Within a few weeks, many bulletin board threads and blog posts on various websites (mainly non-English speaking ones) were created describing HoshiDict and its features. Touch2Pc Printer, a Windows app that I developed last fall to enable printing to any printer from an HP TouchPad, also became relatively popular with little effort on my part.

Maybe this was because webOS never really had a large app marketplace, so a given developer’s app probably had a much higher chance of being noticed. Or maybe it’s because I used the PreCentral forums as the sole outlet for information about my apps. After all, PreCentral seems to be the most popular webOS community on the web, so any exposure there would have the greatest impact. Or maybe I was just lucky with webOS.

Whatever the reason, it seems that my advertising strategy for webOS is not the norm and I’ll have to step up my efforts of getting the attention of potential users of my WP7 apps.

That being said, look for a Youtube video sometime in the next week or so showing off the features of HoshiDict and Tap2Trans Browser :-)

Hello World

After over 4 years of not writing anything on my previous blog, I decided to start one up that will hopefully make it easier to post. The previous blog was merely a PHP page that I would have to hand-edit to make any updates (doing things like this seem much less of a chore when you’re in college and don’t have any responsibility besides rolling out of bed at some point before 2 PM and making it to class). There’s even an app for Windows Phone 7 so I can update when I’m not near a computer. Whether or not I will do this remains to be seen.

I plan on posting here whenever I think I have something interesting to say about programming or foreign language learning. I’ll probably post occasionally about personal happenings as well. Also, I’ll have dedicated pages for each of my mobile apps. Tap2Trans Browser already has a page, so feel free to check it out.