Project Preview: Mass Storage
Posted on 08-20-12 03:37 pm

As many of my readers know, I like to gauge interest in projects before I work on pushing out a stable, everyday usable application. The reason for this is pretty simple; as a student, I don't have time to waste on projects that nobody will use, so I have to get a feel for what people expect before pushing out a homebrew release.

Such is the case with my latest experiment, Mass Storage. The name of this application is pretty self-explanatory. The application basically allows storing files on your phone, transferring them freely between your desktop and mobile.

As with all WP7 applications, there are some weird limitations. First off, while the title seems to imply something USB related, the project actually runs over TCP/IP. The good news is that this means no native code is needed, and you can transfer over WiFi, too. The bad news is, well, it's not as easy as just plugging in a flash drive.

If people are interested in this concept (which, I'll point out, is actually very much working), let me know in the comments and I'll work on prioritizing it. Thoughts?

Update: Some things I forgot to clarify. This won't give you full access to the OS filesystem, or even partial. This only gives you access to the isolated storage of this application. That means no bypassing Zune, etc. I plan to add a file manager to the application for the files in the isolated storage, which would allow viewing photos, files, videos, and hopefully other things such as music and (perhaps) documents. The constraint here is native code, which I'm shying away from in this application. I assure you, there's a reason for that. Given those limitations, still a go?

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