Ultimate Coder Challenge: Getting Started

It’s great to be a participant of the Ultimate Coder Challenge!

We’re six developers competing to code an app for the next generation Ultrabooks running Windows 8. The winner gets $10,000!

About me

I’m a software consultant and developer from Munich (Germany) and author of the end-user products at AB-Tools.com.

Many of my end-user apps were also published in the Intel AppUp store and I gave speeches about AppUp on several developer events like the European Software Conference, MunichJS and MobileMonday.

The Ultrabook

Intel kindly provided us developers with a pre-production Ivy Bridge Ultrabook – thanks for that! – to test our newly created app with all the features of the next generation Ultrabooks. As Intel wrote the specs of this device on their blog post already, I won’t repeat them here.

Pre-Production Ivy Bridge Ultrabook

Of course, I already tested the Ultrabook extensively: it’s a great device, just my USB 3.0 hard drive currently does not work correctly with it, but that’s a known issue and hopefully this will be fixed with a driver update in the future – anyway, it’s a pre-production device and therefore such small issues are OK.

The only real drawback of this device is the glossy display that makes it very hard to work outside on a sunny day in Munich just as today: I don’t understand why Intel provides devices with glossy displays to developers. When a developer looks on a monitor he wants to see some code and not himself in a mirror. ;-)

So, what I’m going to build now?

I’ve developed a HTML5 vocabulary trainer app some time ago. Although it is fully implemented, including a web synchronization service, it doesn’t look really good and especially it is absolutely not touch-enabled:

Screenshot of Old Version of Vocabulary Trainer: Lesson Management

Above you can see the lesson management: here you can add new lessons, organize them in folders and add words to the dictionary.

Below there is a screenshot of the vocabulary training itself:

Screenshot of Old Version of Vocabulary Trainer: Vocabulary Training

And as add-on a words card game is included to make learning more fun:

Screenshot of Old Version of Vocabulary Trainer: Words Card Game

Needless to say that you don’t want to use this vocabulary trainer without a mouse.

Therefore I will convert this HTML5 app in a touch-enabled metro-style Windows 8 app during this Ultimate Coder Challenge.

I’m very excited about the progress of this contest and I’ll keep you updated on each Monday on my blog.

This post is also available in Deutsch.

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