I made a Windows 10 app this weekend – Alpha Geek

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I made a Windows 10 app this weekend called Alpha Geek.

The app simply takes a list of words entered via the keyboard or microphone and alphabetizes them. You can then copy the list to your clipboard, share the list or, for some crazy fun, save the list as an animated GIF.

I’m working on Windows 10 apps now that are in the process of wrapping up to ship. This little app gave me the chance to go a full round through the new Windows 10 store. I wanted pick something simple, but also try out a few of the new APIs like Speech Capture and image encoding. It was fun to make and possibly a start for some other app ideas.

Please check it out and let me know if there are any other features that might help you with your alphabetizing needs 🙂

 

First personal #Win8 app published – toJSON, converting XML to JSON

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Although its pretty small, I am happy to have my first app published in the Windows 8 store. I’ve been lucky enough to be working on Windows 8 projects almost exclusively since Build 2011, but I finally carved out some time to finalize one of my own apps. I’ve been using the script and realized that if I packaged it up, not only would it be more accessible to myself but others could use it as well.

Originally I thought I’d place an ad on it, but then I remembered how much I don’t like ads. I know they have their place, but here it just seemed like a completely unrelated distraction that messed up the aesthetics. So I went with the lowest price point of $1.49.

Adding a price to it represents an agreement, between the a user and myself.  If bugs are found I’ll fix them.  If feedback is given to make it harder, better, faster, stronger; I’ll try it out and see if improvements can be made.

The one day trial (great feature of the Windows 8 store, btw)  is there so you can test the app’s conversion skills, or even just use it for a day for free if you need to.  If the need comes up again, then at least you know it works and could be worth purchasing.

Overall this has reenergized me to finish my “medium-sized” app idea and then to begin my “large-sized” app idea.

Here is the toJSON description:

Description
toJSON is a utility application that quickly converts XML to JSON. Open a file or paste XML directly, hit the transform button or the key combo Ctrl+t and you are provided instant JSON. Once you have the results, you can easily copy them to the clipboard, save as a file or share with the Windows 8 Share charm.

Features
• Quickly converts XML to JSON
• Key combos for Open (ctrl+o), Transform (ctrl+t) and Save (ctrl+s)
• Supports Share, Save or Copy to Clipboard for the transformed JSON

Oh and congrats to the Windows Store review process for being great. It took 3.5 hours to go through the submission and review process!