By Tomi Paananen
The Windows Phone 8 Wiki Competition is now over and we have selected the winners. The top four competitors will each be getting a Nokia Lumia 920, and the runners up will be getting Nokia Lumia 820s or Lumia 620s.
In the evaluation of the competition entries we primarily emphasised two things: the value of the articles and the associated code examples to other developers, and their general quality. The value comes from many things, such as providing new, interesting use cases for the new features, exemplary demonstration of the APIs or perhaps shedding light on some of the less well-documented new APIs. The quality was measured based on how well the wiki articles were written, how easy they were to understand, and how useful the information provided was. We also expected that the associated code was written following the best practices.
The following winners were chosen to receive a Nokia Lumia 920:
- joaocardoso (João Cardoso): Article Windows Phone 8 SDK on a Virtual Machine with Working Emulator is highly beneficial to many developers, since not all developers have had the opportunity to upgrade to Windows 8 yet.
- r2d2rigo (Rodrigo Díaz Tajada)*: Article Creating a Lens application that uses HLSL effects for filters provides great guidance on how to develop imaging and filtering apps. He also provided a high quality and thorough article on how to set up in-app purchases and use the Wallet to store and transfer a virtual currency concerning an important aspect of monetization for developers.
- chintandave_er (Chintan Dave): Articles Dynamic Lock Screen for Windows Phone 8 and Flicker Dynamic Lock screen application for Windows Phone 8 highlighting and providing good guidance on the new feature of dynamic lock screen on Windows Phone 8.
- matthewthepc : Good articles with extensive coverage of the new Windows Phone 8/Lumia features; Extending the Windows Phone 8 Camera App with Lenses, Creating a Voice-Controlled Windows Phone 8 Music Information app with the Nokia Music API, and Creating a Real-World, GPS-enabled WP8 Tag Game
The following runners-up were chosen to receive a Nokia Lumia 820:
- yan_ (Verdavaine Yan): Article C++ support from Windows Phone 8 demonstrating the techniques to go native, and also a great article Use NFC tags with Windows Phone 8 on NFC
- galazzo (Sebastiano Galazzo): Very advanced articles on Face Recognition using 2D Fast Fourier Transform and Enabling wallet payment by face recognition.
- KooKiz : Article Maintaining a WP7 and WP8 version of a same application supporting the co-development for Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8.
- cadlg : Article Using SSML for advanced text-to-speech on Windows Phone 8 demonstrating the versatile use of Speech Synthesis Markup Language with text-to-speech feature.
- dtimotei : Article Windows Phone 8 Games – Migrating from XNA to DirectX showing how to port from XNA to DirectX.
- summeli : Article Porting Cocos2d-x Games for Windows Phone 8 as well as Creating a New Cocos2d-x Project for Windows Phone 8.
- vinayppatil : Article Speech Enabled Calculator For Windows Phone 8 — simple, practical, hands-on approach to voice commands.
The following runner up will receive a Nokia Lumia 620:
- MaMi : Getting started with Buddy services: Create your own location based social app illustrates how to use one of the Nokia Premium Developer Program services.
The following Nokia employees were chosen to receive a Nokia Lumia 820:
- Mansewiz : Article Real-time camera viewfinder filters in Native code covers a use case and method which we think is interesting and not well documented elsewhere. This same use case is covered in another article in competition using DirectX instead. The comparison between native code and DirectX offers a good example of the trade-off of using native code to improve performance but increasing code difficulty.
- symbianyucca : Four compact articles, Fitting content into the view with Windows Phone maps API, Showing/Hiding map content with Windows Phone maps API, Drawing shapes with Windows Phone maps API and Draggable markers with Windows Phone maps API, demonstrating the extensive development possibilities provided by the new maps APIs of Windows Phone 8.
* Rodrigo will be getting a Nokia Lumia 620 instead since he already received a Nokia Lumia 920 from his CoM selection.
A big thank you to everyone who contributed! We had more great articles than prizes, so the selection process was tough and the judges want to thank all other contributors as well — we highly recommend you check out the other entries as well.