I just never got around to it, until I saw a tweet from Nick Hodge which inspired me to get started
Nick pointed me to the Windows Phone 7 Social Viewer Application Template that Nick Randolph and Dave Glover had put together.
The Social Viewer template is a Visual Studio template that allows you to jump start the development of a Windows Phone 7 application. It provides the foundations of an application that can aggregate multiple RSS/Atom feeds, Facebook and Twitter.
I downloaded the zip file, looked over the documentation the guys had put together, and then I got started.
First, I got the tools installed onto my Samsung Series 9 laptop.
- Installed Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone
- Install January 2011 Windows Phone Tools Update
Next, I fired up Visual Studio, opened up the Social Viewer App Template and got coding.
Then I got my kids involved to design the app icon.
Emma suggested I put “Tech Frank” onto a radar image – so off I went.
I futzed with Paint.Net for a while trying to get the image just right. Dave was right – the icon is the thing that took the longest time!
Bill gave me a few pointers and voila – application icon created!
So what does the app do?
Well, you’re going to have to install it and find out for yourself
Enjoy!! Who knows, you may find FrankArr in your neck of the woods!
I said it before, and I’ll say it again – the team missed an opportunity to play with the name with some good old fashioned roman numeral hijinks.