Next Open Source WP7-based Project

iStock_ 3 elevators Large Yes, indecision is a bad thing, except when its not.  The delay in re-starting my open source project has afforded me the opportunity to think of a number of alternative projects that might very well provide more (or more interesting) exploration of Windows Phone 7. 

Among the possible projects are:

  • HVP ported to the phone
  • – all about my day – who i talked to, what I listened to, etc.
  • SilentHere – preset the places I want the phone to be very quiet (movie theaters, schools etc.) and have it automatically go quiet there
  • AudioNoteToMe – one button press to start an audio note, one button press to save it and email it to me.
  • LocatonTag – uses location services to know where you and other players are.  If I take your picture before you take mine then I “got” you and you can no longer get me.  He who gets the most players wins.   Can be massively multi-player and international, over an extended period of time. 
  • What’s That? – point your camera at a building, and get back information on the building, architecture, etc.  Point it at a tree, find out what kind of tree it is.  Point it at a bird…
  • Location Based Todo Reminder – Read todos from an on line service (Toodledo?) and pick out the ones that are location dependent.  When you come within x meters of that location, hear a reminder.


  The project is scheduled to begin November 1. If you intend to participate in the open source project, please leave comments as to which of these projects seems most promising to you.

About Jesse Liberty

Jesse Liberty has three decades of experience writing and delivering software projects and is the author of 2 dozen books and a couple dozen Pluralsight & LinkedIn Learning courses. He was a Senior Technical Evangelist for Microsoft, a Distinguished Software Engineer for AT&T, a VP for Information Services for Citibank and a Software Architect for PBS. He is a Xamarin Certified Mobile Developer and a Xamarin MVP and a Microsoft MVP.
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12 Responses to Next Open Source WP7-based Project

  1. Anton says:

    I want to practice in WP7 development.
    Following projects are interesting for me:
    – SilentHere
    – AudioNoteToMe
    – LocatonTag
    – Location Based Todo Reminder

  2. Azat Sattarov says:

    I’d like to participate in 3 projects:
    – SilentHere
    – LocationTag
    – Location Based Todo Reminder

  3. Oak says:

    I think the SilentMe and LocationBasedToDo projects could be rolled into one… for example, if at Movie Theater, do: buy tickets, autodo: ringer off. Auto setting the status tag, like in IM as, I’m in [location here], shhh… also sounds good.

  4. Pat Long says:

    I have the Android equivalent of SilentHere, it is called Locale. There is a whole load of plugins for it.

    I would be interested in working on that too but I don’t think it is possible without something similar to Android’s Intent’s and Broadcast Receivers. They allow the app, on startup, to register for Native or Custom messages, such as Location change. The app is loaded but kinda dozing. It is woken up by these messages when they occur and it can decide whether or not to act on them. Then it goes back to sleep.

    WP7 does not have anything like this that I am aware of.

  5. Hi Jesse,
    I’d like to participate in any of these (in order of preference),
    Location Based Todo Reminder
    What’s That?

  6. Mohammad Safdel says:

    I want to participate in “Location based todo reminder” or “SilentHere” project.

  7. Mark F says:

    Can WP7 do any background monitoring of the GPS location data? Without that ideas like SilentHere and Location Based Todo Reminder don’t work.

    • I think for now we’ll modify the use case to be “I’m here in this store, tell me all the todos that are within n meters of here.” That sidesteps the issue nicely and still gives a meaningful and useful application.

    • Ziggy says:

      At last! Someone who udnestrnads! Thanks for posting!

  8. Dave says:

    I’m just interested in working on the phone. I would not mind working with locations services.

  9. Rene Kolmos says:

    I like Having a list of the persons calling you, who/what you texted that day and so. And also locations. But maybe the lack off multitasking will stop this from making accurate and plentyfull notes off a persons day?

  10. Ned says:

    I’ve always wanted to be able to take a picture with my phone while on a plane of a feature on the ground and have it try to find out where it is.

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