The focus of the event is to bring developers up to speed writing apps for Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and Azure. The big perceived shortcoming of the new platforms and devices that support them is there aren't enough applications in the new Windows store to make buying them a compelling choice for consumers.
Over the past two months the number of apps in the store has grown from about 1,000 to about 10,000, according to the Web site winappupdate.com, which has written code to count them. And still more than 85% of the apps are free, which doesn't give developers much payback.
His application is called Channels and is written for developers. It's a realtime Internet chat application that can be snapped to one side of a Windows 8 screen and where users can post programming questions to other developers worldwide. Anyone with the app can post answers.
So far he's picked his mentor's brain for information about Web sockets, something he needs for the app but hasn't worked with much before in Microsoft applications. He's also hoping there's an application template that is part of Visual Studio that he doesn't know about but can tap to make the project go faster.
Regardless of whether he finishes in the money for the hackathon, he regards the competition as time well spent. "Just for the atmosphere alone - it's full of smart people so I can get answers real quickly," Zettersten says.
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