Interview with a Windows Phone Development Guru - MCosmin
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Here are some of his stats:
- 4 TechNet Guru Gold Medals
- 1,872 Recognition Points
Here are MCosmin's winning articles:
- A Collection of Useful MVVM Tricks - February 2014
- Various Media Objects for Windows Phone and Their Roles - November 2013
- How to transfer files between a Windows Store app and any Windows Phone app - October 2013
- How to play flac files in windows phone using C# - September, 2013
Who are you, where are you, and what do you do? What are your specialty technologies?
Hello everyone, my name is Mihai Cosmin-Constantin, from Romania, and at the time of this writing, living in the capital city of Bucharest. I am 21 years old (soon to be 22), currently attending the final year courses of Automatic Control, Computer Science and System Engineering at Polytechnic University of Bucharest.
I started developing for Windows Phone, the 7.1 SDK almost 3 years ago, as a hobby in my spare time, after attending a Nokia conference in Bucharest, describing the new features of Windows Phone 7.5. Since then, I began learning about Microsoft technologies, such as .NET Framework and Windows Runtime, developing simple apps for my own personal use.
Right now, I am actually working on several projects. Probably the most important one is a health-care program used to diagnose victims of remote access in difficult to access areas, using infrastructure powered by windows 8 and windows phone 8, my part in the project is developing “data mining” apps that gather data about the state of individuals using a wide variety of sensors.
There are also various projects already published on the windows phone store, the most troublesome one being an experimental media player project (which I hope will see better days with windows phone 8.1 SDK). Some of the articles I published on TechNet Wiki are directly related to these endeavors.
This photo is taken at a conference about eHealth where my teacher (Mr. Ciprian Lupu, in the middle) Cornel Eugen (on the right), and I presented a health program:
What is TechNet Wiki for? Who is it for?
TechNet wiki is a great concept and quite an ambitious endeavor to unite all things technical about Microsoft products under one roof. It is a great place to find solutions for your problems, even if you are not a developer. And the best thing is that everyone can contribute their great experiences to help others.
What do you do with TechNet Wiki, and how does that fit into the rest of your job?
For the most part, I simply write articles for the Guru of the Month contest (TechNet Guru). Considering that most of my apps are either experimental or not for public eyes, the TechNet Wiki offers me a way of displaying my skills.
Here I am with my brother:
What is it about TechNet Wiki that interests you?
The high quality of the articles published on this website and the fact that once you contributed your work, others can improve upon your initial work, resulting in a great knowledge base for everyone to use when in trouble.
On what Wiki articles do you spend most of your time?
I lurk in the Windows Phone and Windows Store apps section at the moment, although I intend to move out to Visual C# related topics soon enough.
My father and I are at sea side in Constanta, Romania:
What are your favourite Wiki articles you’ve contributed?
My favourite article is also the one I worked on the most, where I explain how to play FLAC files on windows phone using the Media Stream Source API. Figuring out how to enable flac playback on Windows Phones took quite a lot of time for me, and I am pleased to see others found my research useful. (http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/19842.how-to-play-flac-files-in-windows-phone-using-c.aspx).
Do you have any tips for new Wiki authors?
I think the most important thing to understand for new Wiki authors is that they need to provide great and useful content, and more importantly, original content. If they have a nice idea that nobody mentioned so far on the Wiki, they should take the chance and publish their idea, so that others can build upon that. This is basically a win-win situation: the community gains something new, while the author wins recognition from a professional community.
My mom and I are at a park at sea side in Constanta:
Thank you, Mihai, for all your contributions! Your innovative articles have been a great opportunity for us to learn with you!
Everyone can get learn more about how to contribute to TechNet Guru.
- Ninja Ed