Today we've a special app to be featured in reference to Muslim's holy month of Ramadan which is about to end. The app Ramadan Duas is available for both Windows Phone 7.5 and 8 and has shown good downloads in past one month since its launch and thus made its way to our featured apps. Here's what the developer of this app says about herself and the journey to this app,
1. Could you please tell us a bit about yourself and your background?
I am Namrah Khurram, a fresh graduate from Kinnaird College for Women Lahore, holding a degree in BSc. (Hon) in Computer Sciences. A former Microsoft Student Partner, my passion for learning about new technologies and honing my skills brought me to Microsoft Innovation Center, Lahore as an intern this July.
2. How the idea of the Ramadan Duas came to you?
This is actually interesting for me at least as to how I ended up developing this app. It so happens that I have this big chart mounted on the wall back home since a couple of years. It has all the duas and their translation printed on it. Every day I had to go upstairs to recite it and I would always come back thinking that this should be available at hand all the time instead of having to go upstairs every time I want to recite a dua. This is how I ended up deciding that I shall make this available for Muslims on windows phone devices to facilitate them during the Holy month of Ramadan.
3. Why you decided to implement this idea specifically on Windows Phone?
Windows phone is a less worked upon and a comparatively new development platform. The remarkable features that windows phone offers is one of the reasons which got me interested in windows phone application development. The OS, layout, features, ease in development, user-friendliness that windows phone platform offers – it all engrossed me. I also searched the marketplace for a similar app but failed to come across one, thus chose WP for implementing this idea.
4. What resources on Microsoft or community side you found most helpful while working on the app? Could you please take us on a quick tour to understand your application better?
When I started this internship on the first day of July 2013, I had no prior knowledge of windows phone application development. What I had was absolute passion and sheer thirst of learning whatever I can about this platform and getting hold of any available help in order to become adept with this development environment. The amount of help I received from technical experts at Microsoft Innovation Center Lahore, MSDN blogs, forums and channel9 tutorials resulted in making me proficient quickly enough that my app was out in the marketplace within the next ten days that followed.
The main purpose behind Ramadan Duas was to help Muslims around the world understand more about the abundant blessings, benefits and rewards in this Holy Month through these small prayers and authentic Ahadith, which have been distributed throughout the thirty days, one dua and one hadith for each day throughout the month.
5. What are your interests behind technology?
Technology drives me. I believe technology is now an essential part of not only human lives but has also become a vital part for the businesses and industries that want to flourish, thrive and bloom in today’s competitive world. I believe technology nowadays is one of the major factors that can bring success and prosperity to a country.
6. Any plans for news apps or projects in general?
Yes, I do have a couple of ideas in mind and I have started working on one of them already. That too is based on the Windows Phone development platform. I won’t be disclosing or discussing the project for now. Let’s just wait for it to come out once and for all in the windows phone store (soon).
7. What would you advise to Developers in the region who also would like to become Pakistan Hero?
Develop for Pakistan. Be proud of who you are and make your country and countrymen proud. Your success is your country’s success altogether.
8. Where the community can catch up with you online or offline?
I can be reached at: