The winners of the Nokia Imaging Wiki Competition 2013Q3 are super-stars of the Nokia Developer Community. This is the first article in a short series about our winners and their entries.
Our first winner is PedroQ (Pedro Querido), for his article Using Nokia Imaging SDK in a Windows Phone game.
Pedro Querido at Microsoft’s Imagine Cup 2012 (Sydney, Australia)
This article demonstrates an image-based quiz game (“Picture Quiz”), where the Nokia Imaging SDK is used to add effects to images to make them more challenging to recognise.
The article won because it showed a cool use for imaging outside of the context of an imaging or camera app, and because the explanation of how to use filters was clear and concise. Pedro also contributed extremely valuable feedback about a problematic issue we had with the Nokia Imaging SDK NuGet installer. His solution was far from trivial and has resulted in a much better installation experience for all developers.
Q. Tell us a little about yourself
I’m from Fundão, a little city in Portugal near the highest mountain range in continental Portugal. I’ve been programming since I was about 14 – starting with VB6, then .NET – that’s what really got me into programming. I also like playing with Python and F# and a few other languages, but C# is still my favourite. I’m now 23 and studying Computer Science.
I love to get involved in programming projects. My team and I developed a Kinect based shopping cart that follows a person around while shopping. This can be really useful for people with physical disabilities because pushing their wheelchair and the shopping cart at the same time is really hard. That project was awarded 3rd place in Microsoft’s Imagine Cup 2012 in Sydney, Australia.
Q. How long have you been developing on Nokia platforms?
I’ve been a Nokia user for a long time. My first Nokia phone was a 5210 and I’ve had quite a few since then. At the moment I own a Lumia 800 and I really like Windows Phone (especially the UI). Being a Windows Phone 7 user, I got a little behind, mainly because most of the major apps are WP8 exclusive. Hopefully I’ll catch up soon with my Lumia 1020!
Being a Developer, I have to mention the Developer Tools. Developing for Windows Phone is just awesome. Visual Studio is an amazing IDE and the emulator is really fast. It’s easy to learn all the concepts you need to develop a Windows Phone Application. Also, MSDN is easy to use when you want to browse the API documentation.
Q. Have you developed many apps for Nokia devices?
I’m now finishing up some apps that I will be publishing in the Windows Phone Store and Windows Store.
Picture Quiz (my winning entry) will be the first that I publish.
Q. How did you come to know about the competition?
From the Nokia Developer Community, which I found out about community when I read a blog post from a Nokia Developer Champion (João Cardoso). So far I’m really enjoying being part of it. It’s a really nice community, filled with great content and amazing people.
I chose to write an article showing how Imaging SDK could be applied to a game to show that not only imaging apps can be created with this SDK. I wanted to push people to think outside the box. And this can be done with a lot of things.
Q. Any final thoughts?
I really love being a developer because, at the end of the day, it is a creative job. We should never only look at things from one angle only. The fun part begins when we start thinking outside the box.