Nokia Developer Champion Vishal Dharankar is an independent consultant at Xenon Softwares and developer of the free FuelPad and MyFinance apps in Nokia Store. Based in Nashik, Maharashtra, India, he teaches post-graduate computer science when he’s not busy coding apps of his own.
Last month he organized a full-day workshop to introduce students to Windows Phone development using Visual Studio and Expression Blend. While most students entering the workshop had no experience with Windows Phone work, by the end of the day 30 students competed in a 3-hour sprint to come up with the best app concepts. In an informal survey of the participants, the attendees were most impressed with the development tools and how “hassle free” it was to begin development for Windows Phone.