Here’s an excellent reading/listening on the theme of Windows Phone development: “Why developing apps for Windows Phone can be good for your career“. It comes from Nick Landry of Infragistics–a great guy I started hanging out with at conferences some 10 years ago at least.
Nick is also the guy who gave the first-ever Windows Phone presentation that my son Francesco attended at the age of 12 at DevConnections Fall 2010 in Vegas. All English, all techie, all alone (as I was having my own presentation in another room). I expected to find him crying alone hidden somewhere in the infinite space of Mandalay Bay Convention Center: instead he was entertaining other attendees at the end of the presentation and giving away my business cards 🙂
Nick knows his (mobile) stuff very very well because he has a long story of mobile development. I value his opinion tremendously and I was curious to learn his whys on Windows Phone development. I couldn’t agree more with the actual content of the interview, but I feel I need to summarize the facts in a slightly sharper way:
There’s no significant relevance for companies today in having a Windows Phone app out.
This means that it’s quite unlikely someone is willing to invest good money to port an app to Windows Phone. Let alone to create an app that primarily exists for Windows Phone.
Two days ago a customer asked a quote to port an iOS/Android app to Windows Phone and possibly Windows 8. I returned a quote that was significantly discounted and in no way was a good deal for me. But the customer asked for another significant discount and actually put it down sharply: either we make it out of this admittedly low budget or nothing.
In the end, grabbing Windows Phone skills may be anyway good for the career as it adds one more arrow to your quiver and for little. But does it really add good money to your bank account? On the other hand, as Nick says “If you don’t do it someone else will“. Or nothing happens at all, I’d add.
But Francesco (15 now) solved it saying “Dad, I have no costs or pain; for me it’s pure gain. I’ll take the project home.” So he did it for the admittedly low budget and for his (who knows) future career.
Is this a model that works?