Project Resistance: Developing and Selling a Windows Mobile application

So today OpenNETCF is embarking on a new project: Project Resistance.  Project Resistance is intended to be a fully transparent view into the process of conceiving, developing and selling an application for Windows Mobile. The idea here is that anyone will be able to look at how sausage gets made.

We’re going to start by creating a production-quality application, following best practices for coding, etc. etc. All of the source code will be published, and we will blog about the process, the thoughts we have, and the hurdles we encounter. Bear in mind that we are already experienced WinMo/Win CE developers, so it’s not going to be a beginner’s How-to type of process. We’re not here to teach you how to wire up an event.

The application is going to be very simple, but something that’s actually functional. It will allow you to select color bands on a resistor and it will tell you the resistance. Alternately you will be able to give it a resistance and the application will tell you what the color bands will be. If you have no idea what any of that means, take a look at the Wikipedia entry on resistorsEssentially a resistor has stripes on it and the stripes correlate to numbers, which tell you the resistance in ohms.

Once we have the application completed, we’re going to go through the process of getting it into the Windows Mobile Marketplace. We’ve never gone through that process, so it should be educational all around.

We’re still undecided, but I think we’ll probably put the application up as a “for pay” item (at maybe $0.99). We’re not planning on making money off of this, but we really want to see how Marketplace works for taking payments, getting paid, reports, refunds and that entire process.

Once we have that done, we’ve got some more nebulous plans for maybe tracking downloads versus usage (to track “unauthorized” proliferation) as well as seeing just how “secure” our IP is.

3 thoughts on “Project Resistance: Developing and Selling a Windows Mobile application”

  1. A great extension of this would be to enable taking a picture of a resistor, and interpreting the color bands.

    Among other things, it would be a wonderful accessibility app for colorblind electronics enthusiasts, I’d imagine.

    I know this would be hard to implement, but very cool…


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