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I'm a long time Microsoft developer who has recently started publishing Windows Phone 7 apps to beef up my current C#/.NET skills, and get more direct exposure to WPF/Silverlight, and of course because it is new and cool.

So far I've published over 10 apps successfully.

  1. Is this a good thing to put on my resume?

  2. Does it appear to show a grasp of the latest Microsoft technologies?

  3. Any downside seen by potential employers?

  4. Would you put this on your resume, if looking for a full time professional Software Engineering position?

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Your only concern (with any public apps) is the quality of the code, execution and presentation of the app(s). –  Slomojo Feb 7 '11 at 1:30
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Potential employers are often impressed when I tell them about the iPhone apps I've built in my free-time, so I would certainly want to mention it in interviews. Whether or not you should mention it on your resume is a little trickier, since tiny projects may be just fluff that gets in the way of listing important experience. It depends on exactly what the apps are; listing really trivial projects could be just a step up from listing hobbies.

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It is a great idea to have all your skills in your resume. it shows the employer that you are a hardworking, quick learner and an experienced programmer. I will advice you to add all other skills that you think are 'irrelevant'. Don't be shy about it but be proud about it.

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I'd say it largely depends on the type of apps you're publishing. If it's just another "really cool flashlight" then I'd not make a big deal of of it ;-) However if the apps are substantial and provide some real features for end-user then you should definitely mention them in your resume.

It shows that you're familier in not only developing "classical" application but also mobile applications, which are becoming more and more important. So I can't see any downside to it - got for it!

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I think it'd be more beneficial to have the massively more popular iPhone and Android apps on your resume - it'd show you're not a one-trick pony and that you are flexible and knowledgeable about many different platforms and have exposure to the different ways of doing things.

I'm sure WP7 on your resume won't hurt, but I doubt its going to affect anyone decision to hire you because of it.

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Let say you want to mention that know WPF/silverlight, WM7 SDK on your resume; you can mention the products that you build with these technologies and it will show your potential employer that you're kind of person that has hands on experience on a product and not just superficial knowledge.

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Depends on the apps ;)

In reality, would you want to work for a company that discouraged this sort of thing? May be a good way to identify such a potential employer.

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Not sure how it could possibly be a bad thing!

The only possible downside I can think of is it may put a prospective employee off thinking you may be thinking too much about working on your apps??

Even then presumably you work on them in your free time?

I'd definitely put it on your resume!

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