Monday, December 27, 2010

Sathathara Gurunnanse of Facebook is now on AppZone!

We Hirantha Weerarthna, Sachith Senarath and Aloka Munasinghe are 3rd year undergraduates of UCSC. We are pleased to go live on AppZone with our second app "Saththara". This is the mobile version of well known "Saththara Gurunnanse" of facebook. Therefore we would like to take this opportunity to thank the developer of the application "Saththara Gurunnanse" on Facebook who is a 1st year student of UCSC.

As Saththara Gurunnanse brought a smile to every one who asked saththara from him we thought that we can reach his fans via mobile. Through this app users can ask saththara from Saththara Gurunnanse and get funny predictions from him. We update our database once a month and we hope to entertain our customers  with this application. 
Users can ask "saththara" by sending <sat><space><CustomerName> to 4499.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

"mCrazies" will be soon on AppZone to cater the needs of all movie crazies out there!

We, Malitha VIraj Mathugama and Madusanka Prasad Mathugama are 4th year undergraduates in University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC). "mCrazies" is the first application we developed as a team based application.

This application provides information about on going movies in famous theaters. In some urgent situations browsing through the internet to get information on the on going movies in theaters becomes so irritative. But getting those information by sending a simple SMS sounds more easier. You don't have to spend time surfing the internet or calling friends to get these information anymore! Just type 

mcraz<space><name of theater 1><space><name of theater 2> and send to 4499 from your Etisalat phone.

Here, name of theater 2 is optional. If user wants to get details of on going movies in more than one theater, then it is possible to type several theater names by leaving a <space> in between each theater name. User will get a SMS in return with the corresponding results for his SMS.

Buy developing these applications we gain knowledge and experiences on new technologies. Any developer would like to feel the excitement when there applications are being used by the general public. Not only that, the recognition and the revenue you get will make you an well known entrepreneur among the other developers. There are untouched problems which we all need a solution to make our lives easier. Its only a matter of thinking about those unsolved problems and coming up with an easy way to solve them. Developers have been provided with all the required materials such as APIs, sample applications, guide lines and support by the AppZone Team. We have the knowledge on programming languages. So what is needed is to put these two together to develop a well demanded application which has a good business logic behind it. That's how both of us came up with the idea about "mCrazies" app which is also a very simple solution to cater the people who are  always on alert about the movies.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

MyMed comes to AppZone from an undergraduate of UCSC

I am Malith VIraj Mathugama, currently a 4th year undergraduate in University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC). 

My application "MyMed"on AppZone is to obtain details about well known doctors private consultation. The application provides relevant information about a particular doctor's private visiting hospital name, time, relevant hospital's hotline number and the charge for the doctor. 

To get the service type mymed<space><1st doctor's name><space><2nd doctor's name> and send to 4499

The 2nd doctor's name is optional, user can type one or many doctors names in single message and retrieve details according to the message sent.

By developing this application I gained experience of working with 3rd party software platforms and integration of individual application to a 3rd party simulator. Not only that but I also gathered an extension knowledge about execution and data structural hierarchy in server side. AppZone team provided me all the guidelines to overcome challenges I had to face during the time I was implementing my application. They provided me contact numbers to share my problems and get involve relavent authorized persons to slove them in an efficient manner. Finally they always kept asking the status of the application and that really motivated me to complete this app. The guidance they provided made me easier to reach my destination.

The way the apps on AppZone are being promoted and the prizes they are ready to give out for the best applications of the competition made me focus on this development. 

Currently there are many good applications on the AppZone Appstore. In my point of view, the idea or the concept is the most significant here rather than the development process, because these apps are basically based on business aspect. It is very important to have the attractiveness and a demand for your app. In order to gain an user satisfaction, application must address a simple solution for a existing unsolved (may be solved partially but not in an efficient way for many mobile users). Such kind of concepts are out there. You only have to think a bit in the user's perspective. 

As a user and a developer I'm very glad to see such apps are available on AppZone and they are ready to make the, available. My app is also a very simple solution for e-chanelling since e-chanelling concept needs internet access. This provides a solution for those who do not have access to the internet. Mobile world always make things possible in the easiest way. Be a part of those who provides a solution and a better service for the mobile users. 

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Monday, December 13, 2010

"Stock Exchange" another ground braking application developed by a set of undergraduates in UCSC

We, Hirantha Weerarthna, Sachith Senarath and Aloka Munasinghe are undergraduates of University of Colombo School of Computing (UCSC). “Stock Exchange” is the first application we developed for the AppZone Mobile Application Competition to cater to its users with the latest updates of the share market.  

The share prices change very often and the share holders need to sell their shares when there is an incline in their company share values. Therefore they would need to be on alert about the changes happen in the share prices. By using this application users can get the updates of the share market prices simply without loging into the (Colombo Stock Exchange) CSE website or contacting them.
We have developed this application in a very user friendly manner where users can get the information by sending a simple SMS to 4499.

They only have to type shares<space><company ID> and send it to 4499.

By developing this application we were able to gain more knowledge on an area which we had no experience before. At first we thought it would be hard to develop a SMS based application as we were new to that. But it was fun to develop it after understanding the logic behind it properly.  Actually the whole process of developing the app was a new experience to us. Indeed we came across some difficulties specially when simulating the app. But the support materials they have provided in the site were fair enough for us to get on board.  We watched the videos on and it was a huge support to clarify the problems we had. Anyone who is new to developing apps can get a good knowledge by simply referring those videos. It is no rocket science at all, if you have the will and a good business logic which will catch up by the customers.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

"IQ Challenge" goes live on AppZone by Empowering your IQ…

I am K.H.Suranga Pathmakumara.I am an undergraduate of Electronics and Telecommunication Department, Faculty of Engineering, University of Moratuwa and currently studying at level 3. As we got to know about the AppZone Mobile Application Competition I came up with an idea to create an app which is a SMS quiz. 

The key perspective of my app “IQ Challenge” is to provide both fun and knowledge to the customers and in the meanwhile to get an idea about their IQ level. This is an subscription based application where user have to register. No registration charges but SMS charges will be applied.

Procedure to play the game

1)      Type “reg<space>qz” and send and send to 4499 for  registration
Then you will get all the instructions of the game and your first question. With the question most probably you will get 4 answers. You have to give the most appropriate answer by its number.

2)      Send your answers in the following format
qz<space>ans<space><your answer number>” to 4499

3)      Thereafter you will get a message whether your answer is correct or incorrect. And followed by another message which will give you the next question. If you give the correct answer you will add 10 points to your account.

4)      From level 20 to 26 (stage 2) we will not automatically send questions one after another. Customer has to get a question manually. To get a question type a message in following format “qz<space>get”and send to 4499. Then you will receive a question again which you have to send the answer within 5 minutes. Otherwise even though   you have given the correct answer it will not be considered as a valid answer.

5)     If you want to retry for a question type “qz<space>retry” and send to 4499. Then you will get a new question. Remember that total number of questions that you can try is 150. For stage 2 there will be only 30 questions to try.

6)  End of the month the points you have collected for your correct answers will be counted and the winners will be selected to reward with the gifts.

Developing Apps with Appzone

After you understand the basic idea of the process behind your application it is simple to develop your app. If you have a sound programming knowledge, then that’s it. You can download the mchoice aventura simulator and test your app with that.

Motivation to develop Apps

Programming is one of my interests. The advantage for me by developing this application is I got a good experience about web services and about the applications that runs on aventura platform. Also I should mention about the earning potential that a developer can have by developing apps.Of course you can make your own money by developing applications with Appzone.

My thoughts to the other developers

My thought to other students and whoever at the beginning of programming is
“Appzone is giving you a free opportunity to develop your programming skills for the first time in Sri Lanka.So why don’t you take the advantage? And of course you can make your own money on the way.”