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It is already the last day of our Pluralsight 30 day subscription give away! Friday’s winner is Steve Hiner, who posted a comment about his favorite Windows Phone game Physi Bricks. Just like the applications that readers have commented about; once the give-away ends, I am going to share some information about all the Windows Phone games, which have been mentioned.

With a little luck you may get a chance to discover Pluralsight for 30 days by sharing some details about your favorite Windows Phone applications and promoting fellow mobile developers.

Application Category for Saturday: LifeStyle

What is your favorite lifestyle application on the Windows Phone?

For the last day of the give-way, except for the application category, what you have to do as a participant does not change. You need to mention the one Windows Phone lifestyle application, which you would recommend to everyone for simplify their daily life. This category may also overlap with/cover tools and productivity applications. How does this particular Windows Phone application help you, what features make it so practical, why do you prefer it over other lifestyle applications? If you add a link to the application, other readers can find out about this fantastic application right away. You can share your feedback as a comment on this blog post until 8 PM PST today.

Today’s lucky number: 11

All comments will be approved around 8 PM PST, which have been posted for today’s blog post. Saturday’s Pluralsight 30 day subscription card will go to comment #11! If there are less comments than the lucky number, the last comment before 8 PM PST will get the prize. Good luck to all participants for the last day of our give-away!

A big   goes out to all readers, who took the time to share details about their favorite Windows Phone applications and games in the past few days!

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The Pluralsight 30 day subscription give away started yesterday! Thursday’s winner is Igor Ralic, who posted a comment about the Photo Light Windows Phone application. Once the give-away ends, I am going to share information about all the applications, which have been shared by readers.

Today you get another opportunity to promote your favorite Windows Phone applications in a certain category and motivate the applications’ developers with some praise, feedback or constructive criticism. I realized that many developers prefer to promote their own applications and that is surely up to you. In this give-away there is no rule, which prevents one from self-promotion.

Application Category for Friday: Games

What is your favorite game (app) on the Windows Phone?

To participate in today’s give away; you only need to briefly write about the Windows Phone game, which you believe is so addictive that it prevents you from putting down your phone! Try to add a few key features of the game and what makes it so much fun to play. Do not forget to add a link to the game/application for other readers to discover this must-have game on Windows Phone. If it is visually stunning, if it calls for mind bending tactics, if it comes with super fast animations etc., let all its cool features be known. You can share your feedback as a comment on this blog post until 8 PM PST today.

Today’s lucky number: 7

Just like yesterday, around 8 PM PST all comments will be approved, which have been posted for today’s blog post. Friday’s Pluralsight 30 day subscription card will go to comment #7!

To kill some time while waiting in a line, to distract our busy minds or sometimes just because we can’t stop, we all play various games already available on or downloaded to our mobile phones. Let’s take a few minutes and share with the rest of us the one Windows Phone game, which you believe totally rocks, so that we don’t miss out on the fun!

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Our 3 day activity for a Pluralsight 30 day subscription give away is kicking off today! You have the opportunity to support fellow Windows Phone developers with your feedback, promote apps that you particularly like and with a little luck you may win a Pluralsight 30 day subscription.

Application Category for today: Photo

What is your favorite  Windows Phone photo application? What makes it so appealing to you? Are you amazed by its user experience, its functionalities to share/modify pictures, how well it applies Metro or the overall design?

Notes about participation:

To participate in today’s give away; you only need to state your must-have Windows Phone photo application and briefly summarize, what you like most about it. You can share your feedback as a comment on this blog post until 8 PM PST today.

Today’s lucky number: 14

Around 8 PM PST I am going to approve all comments posted for this particular blog post. Comment #14 will win today’s Pluralsight 30 day subscription card and the winner can dive into Pluralsight’s amazing training content right away! Since submitted comments will not be available until 8PM PST, the number of posted comments will not be available until the participation time for today has ended. So there will be no chance for a quick peekaboo of already posted comments!

It probably would be a hard task to part with the conveniences of our smart-phones and numerous mobile apps, which make once time-consuming tasks so easy nowadays.  With all the great camera capabilities of current Windows Phones out there, we sometimes do not even bother to carry around our digital cameras any longer and just rely on our mobile phone to catch and share any random moment as a photo. Then we turn to all these helpful and fancy photo applications, which enable us to view, store, modify, share plus do so much more to pictures right there on our phone whenever we need and wherever we are. So why not take a few minutes to motivate a Windows Phone application developer with your comment on his/her photo application, which you use/enjoy so much? Don’t be shy, praise the hard-working Windows Phone developer(s) of your favorite photo app(s)!

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We all have our own methods of studying, learning and practicing newly acquired skills as developers. Luckily nowadays we are not limited only to written text or on-site trainings, but have so many great options like podcasts, webcasts and video tutorials, which we can utilize wherever we are based on our own time schedule.

When it comes to online developer/software training, again, we may all favor different sites. Yet my go to site for developer training has been Pluralsight for some time now. Currently I have 3 Pluralsight 30 day subscription cards, which I would like to offer in a give-away daily this week starting this Thursday, February 23rd. The winner will get a chance to discover the entire set of the hardcore developer training courses offered on the site. Pluralsight’s content is not only limited to .NET technologies, but there are courses for Facebook development, iOS, Java, JavaScript, CSS, Android etc.

What participants need to do:

To participate in most give-away contests aside from user tweets and Facebook likes, you have to find an answer to some random questions. Most of the time you may already have the answer, however thanks to search engines it is not that difficult of a task to find the info in mere seconds. So I decided to skip the knowledge-based questions altogether and try a different approach based solely on your individual feedback.

I would like to know, what Windows Phone application in a specific category you like the most and what you specifically enjoy about it. For example; why it is fun to use, why you could not live without it, which features of it stand out etc. You can provide as much detail as you want. You do not have to come up with an answer of 1000 words or whatsoever, but answers like “because AppABC is soooo awesome” or “AppXYZ blows my mind” would certainly not be sufficient.

Many many developers have already started or are starting out to code for Windows Phone and I would like to add even if it is only the tiniest bit of momentum to that movement. I plan to share all the feedback from participants on my blog. I may also feature certain applications in more detail, in case a single application gets numerous comments. We not all take the time to rate and/or review applications on the Windows Phone Marketplace and this activity would be chance to highlight some Windows Phone applications and specific features, which make them stand out.

Give-away Date/Time/Details:

The give-away is starting Thursday, February 23rd.

Day-1: Thursday, Feb 23rd

Day-2: Friday, Feb 24th

Day-3: Saturday, Feb 25th

Daily Timeline:

8 AM PST – 8 PM PST

My plan is to announce the actual application category for the day at 8 AM PST each day with a short blog post. You can check out some of the potential categories here. At the same time, I am going to select a random number X, let’s say from 1-20. You will be able to post comments on that blog post for 12 hours and I will approve all comments each day at 8PM PST. At that time I will check for comment #X, which has been posted between 8 AM and 8PM PST. The comment owner will win the Pluralsight 30 day subscription of the day. Certainly, if there are less than X comments, the last reader to comment will get the prize. But I do hope, that there is a good amount of  motivation for participation and discussion! The idea here is to collect developer feedback in order to promote developer work plus add fuel and inspiration to applications, that are still a work in progress. It is just supporting fellow developers through a simple activity!

For the curious Windows Phone enthusiast:

If you would like to check out the current Windows Phone training content on Pluralsight, here is a quick look:

Just by supporting your favorite Windows Phone apps with a comment, you will get a chance to win a 30 day Pluralsight subscription and check out their vast library of developer courses.

Good luck to all participants or should I simply say; all supporters of Windows Phone developers?

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