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New project in the pipeline

It has been quiet in the last couple of months in terms of app releases or updates. This is not because I suddenly got lazy, but because we are working on a big, awesome (and secret) app project. I don’t have a lot to share at this point (I will definitely do this at a later stage), but I can reveal that it will be a cross-platform app powered by Windows Azure and developed by MIT Public Cloud Services GmbH. Moreover, I am studying and working at the University of Zurich, where I am working on several stunning projects, using the latest technologies & tools: Windows Azure, Asp.Net MVC, Visual Studio Addin Development, Team Foundation Server (API) – to name just a few. It’s a lot of fun & I learn a lot!

An insect-like, crash-happy flying robot by EPFL

This robot autonomously flew through a forest!

 

 

Survey: Personal Analytics

Dear reader,

 

Are there days when your development work goes well and days when you just cannot seem to get anything done? We invite you to participate in our survey about your development work and how you track and improve it. Our aim is to create tools to help you better reflect and improve on your development work.

 

The following survey will take you about 15 minutes of your time. With your participation you get the chance to enter our lottery to win one of two Amazon gift certificates with a value of $200 each.

 

We will keep your survey responses anonymous. We will NOT attribute answers to any particular participant. At the end of the survey, you are asked to insert your mail address voluntarily to contact you in case you want to participate in the lottery and/or in case you want us to email you the survey results.

 

We would greatly appreciate your participation!

 

You find the survey here: bit.ly/PersonalAnalytics

 

Prof. Thomas Fritz and André Meyer (University of Zurich)

 

PS: You may find our survey also in the media: PocketPc.ch and Heise Developer.

TouchMountain video made by Nokia

Nokia just released the video we made at the Mobile World Congress 2013 featuring TouchMountain, the cooperation with Nokia and Augmented Reality in general. You can find more information at Nokia Developer.

 

«Es war spannend, herauszufinden, wie viel man mit einem Smartphone machen kann»

In der neusten Ausgabe der Netzwoche erkläre ich im Interview, warum wir die App für Windows Phone entwickelt haben und diskutiere die Herausforderungen bei der Entwicklung einer Augmented-Reality App. Interview: Marcel Urech, Netzwoche

 

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Application Development

In my free-time, which is currently very rare, I am a passionate application developer. I love implementing new ideas, trying out new stuff, aggregate a lot of information and use sensors to visualize the data.

Windows 8 App of the Year Award

Ich wurde heute von Microsoft an die Shape (The App Conference) eingeladen. Die Shape findet dieses Jahr zum fünften Mal statt und richtet sich an Entwickler (aller Plattformen!), die sich für App Entwicklung im Allgemeinen und App Entwicklung auf der Windows Plattform interessieren. Erich Gamma war übrigens der Keynote Speaker und startete den Anlass mit seinem Vortrag über seine Arbeit an Entwicklertools, die vollständig im Browser funktionieren und mit TypeScript (JavaScript) entwickelt worden sind. Spannend!

 

Vorher wurden die besten Windows Phone und Windows 8 Apps ausgezeichnet. Tagi-News für Windows 8, das ich bei der MIT-GROUP im letzten Sommer (mit einigen Updates ;)) entwickelt habe gehörte ebenfalls zu den Gewinnern, was mich natürlich sehr freute :-).

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Hier das Video von der Demo:

 

Weitere Infos finden Sie z.B. hier auf im Microsoft Media Corner, auf Inside-IT, auf ITMagazine oder auf  Computerworld.ch. Sie können Tagi-News hier kostenlos herunterladen.

MIT-GROUP App

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Die Windows 8 App der MIT-GROUP bietet Ihnen aktuelle Informationen zu unseren Produkten, Hinweise bei Service-Unterbrüchen und weitere Neuigkeiten. Darüber hinaus präsentieren wir eine Auswahl von Webcams mit wunderschönen Sujets aus der ganzen Schweiz. Des Weiteren gibt es eine Kategorie ‘IT News’, die eine Auswahl an relevanten Artikeln zu Themen aus der IT, Windows-Welt, Gadgets, Business-Applikationen, etc. aggregiert und ansprechend visualisiert. Durch diese News können Sie bequem navigieren und haben die Möglichkeit, den gesamten Artikel zu lesen oder mit Bekannten zu teilen. Die App wird laufend erweitert und ist ein kostenloses Angebot der MIT-GROUP.

Gefällt Ihnen diese App? Falls Sie Fragen oder Vorschläge zu der App haben, wenden Sie sich bitte aninfo@mit-innovation.ch.

Sie möchten auch eine App? Die MIT Innovation AG hat sich unter Anderem auf die Entwicklung von Apps auf Windows 8 und Windows Phone spezialisiert. Falls Sie eine kostengünstige App haben möchten, können Sie sich sehr gerne an uns wenden: info@mit-innovation.ch. Weitere Informationen finden Sie auf www.mit-innovation.ch

 

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Mobile World Congress 2013

As TouchMountain won the Lumia Geek-7 Week Award, we were invited by Nokia to demo our app at the Mobile World Congress 2013! The MWC is the biggest technology congress worldwide with more than 17’000 visitors. We had a couple of very interesting appointments throughout the week: demo & awarding of TouchMountain at the Nokia Application Developer Conference, a meeting with the awesome guys from PainHawk, an interview with Nokias film crew, a VIP dinner at the Blanc Brasserie at Mandarin Oriental and an elevator-pitch-style presentation at the WIPJam DemoCamp. We met a lot of great people and got tons of great feedback and suggestions.

You can find more here:

TouchMountain won the Lumia Geek 8-Week Technology Showcase Award

TouchMountain won the Lumia Geek 8-Week Technology Showcase price! There were 400 entries for this competition and TouchMountain convinced by using several technologies and integrating them in an easy-to-use and intuitive UI. Moreover, the novel take on augmented reality was honored. We are extremely glad and proud of this award. TouchMountain will be shown at a WIP Jam session at MWC in Barcelona. Thanks to all users and fans for your feedback & support!

You find more information about the competition here. And a blog post on Nokia Developer and WIPConnector.

Happy Coder – Personal Analytics

Abstract

Recent advances in small inexpensive sensors, cheaper storage, and low-power processing cause an increasing popularity of trackers that quantify a user’s activities throughout his everyday life. The Fitbit and the Nike+ Fuelband are two examples of commercial approaches that motivate a user to be more active by tracking his activity and visualizing the analyzed data. In the area of software engineering there are similar tools to support a developer in a single domain of his work, such as planning tools or bug repositories. Only little research has been performed on how to integrate the available data and how to focus on providing a retrospection of a developer’s work day.In order to contribute to overcome this shortcoming we introduce a tool, Happy Coder that provides developers with a retrospective analysis of their work day, by tracking predefined metrics and visualizing them on a web client. This includes a front-end with consolidated data analysis, visualizations and representations of the collected data. Two studies revealed that developers assess their productivity based on a personal evaluation of their work day. This assessment is dominated by personal preferences of different metrics like work items, meetings, web searches or activities on the computer. In this talk, we present related work, interesting findings of our studies and Happy Coder.

The growing globalization attracts many enterprises to distribute their software development. Aside multiple risks and problems, there are a variety of advantages; e.g. saving time and money, finding the right people and working at the customers place. In this paper, the motivation for the development of software in a scattered environment is summarized. Furthermore, challenges such as cultural and communication problems, time-zone differences, management issues, language barriers, etc. are addressed together with selected solutions to avoid the collapse or delay of projects.

 

Author’s comment

I’m happy to tell you, that I just finished my bachelor thesis. It was an extremely intresting experience and I learnt a lot. I want to thank everyone for their help. I now got the chance to further work on this project at the S.E.A.L. group 🙂
You may find more information here.

 

Download

You may download the paper here. Thank you!

TouchMountain won the Swisscom App of the Year 2012 Award!

Oh wow. What an evening! At the moment, we are on our way home from the Swisscom App of the year 2012 award from the Swisscom Brain Gym in Bern. The Jury rated all nominated apps according to the innovative capacity, customer value and user friendliness.

And it was worth the travel. We are extremely excited to tell you that TouchMountain (the app sponsored by MIT-GROUP) won the award in the category Windows Phone. We will now be featured in the Swisscom news magazine with more than 1.5 million readers! We also want to thank you for your interest, your comments, ratings & feedback. We really appreciate that.

By the way: stay tuned for future updates (including Windows Phone 8), we have great things to show you…

 

You find more about the award here.

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Promote your App with a QR-Code

An easy and cool way to really make the user download your app for one of the four big App Stores (Windows Phone Marketplace, Apple App Store, Google Play, Blackberry App World) is a QR-Code. – The user just doesn’t have to type a long url…

Every smartphone has an app to read QR-Codes, the Windows Phone OS has even built it in. It would be kind of inefficient to provide four QR-codes on your display. Luckily, there is a solution for that from appspot (http://qrappdownload.appspot.com).

It generates one QR-Code for all major platforms and redirects you to the right App Store if you read the QR code. If the phone could not be detected or the platform is not supported, there is a message with following-up links.

That is great 😉

Here you see an example of our brand new App for the Restaurant LUEGETEN (for the readers of you without a QR-Code reader, I provided a weblink instead):

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Challenges and Solutions in Distributed Software Development

Abstract

The growing globalization attracts many enterprises to distribute their software development. Aside multiple risks and problems, there are a variety of advantages; e.g. saving time and money, finding the right people and working at the customers place. In this paper, the motivation for the development of software in a scattered environment is summarized. Furthermore, challenges such as cultural and communication problems, time-zone differences, management issues, language barriers, etc. are addressed together with selected solutions to avoid the collapse or delay of projects.
The growing globalization attracts many enterprises to distribute their software development. Aside multiple risks and problems, there are a variety of advantages; e.g. saving time and money, finding the right people and working at the customers place. In this paper, the motivation for the development of software in a scattered environment is summarized. Furthermore, challenges such as cultural and communication problems, time-zone differences, management issues, language barriers, etc. are addressed together with selected solutions to avoid the collapse or delay of projects.

 

Author’s comment

I’m proud to tell you, that I just finished my really first paper. I wrote it in a course called “Advanced Software Engineering” at the Department of Informatics, University of Zurich. If you have further questions or remarks, feel free to contact me.

 

Download

You may download the paper here. Thank you!