Here we are, another Friday and focus on the Champions league final has been on the table this week.
My latest app “Champions League Final” entered the marketplace Wednesday and the downloads are going well as far as Google Analytics tells me. But during certification process I realised a bug in the app that I need to get out for it to be more useful, but there was no way to halt the process. So I tried to write to apphub support, but the unfortunate reply was:
Thank you for contacting the Windows Phone App Hub Developer Support Team. My name is Marisa and I will be assisting you. Unfortunately, at this time, it is not possible to edit or remove an application once it has been submitted for certification. We are looking at changes to the site that may allow this, but for now the only options are the following:
. For Published Applications:
1. Let the app complete certification and then submit the update. If the previous version passes and is published, remove it from the Marketplace.
. Or for Unpublished Applications:
2. Submit a new project for the app and then simply delete the other one when it completes. This is advisable for non-published, priced apps.
Windows Phone App Hub Developer Support
So they are working on a fix that “may” fix this. Hopefully soon. Vote for the ability to delete submissions here!
I hastily submit my update as soon as the certification came through 6 a.m. in the morning. Then stupidly enough 2 days later I notice another bug, which is actually fundamentally critical to the function of my app, but as it needs live data from the 19th May I simulated with live data from another football match and forgot to remove the temporary exception to find the live match. So frantically I start searching my brain for a fix and from the heavens above I get a “genius” hack idea. As I have put all the logic for pulling the livescore feed into my beautiful webapi service it was a mere matter of prepending the title of the first item in the service with the exception that I had put in my app for showing this one specific match. Day saved.
During this process I managed to think around some extra communication with the users aswell. So from now and up until the 19th May I can use the empty space where the livescores will be for other information and news.
If you fancy getting your message in the app for a day. Drop me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me @apps47
Catch you next week!