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A note-taking application designed specifically for software ideas.

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Ideas is a note-taking application designed specifically for saving, refining and sharing software ideas. Ideas are stored in the form of a Title, Overview, set of System Requirements, set of Use Cases and a section for Notes. The intention behind this design is to create Ideas which are easily translated into UML diagrams and easily communicated. 

A two person team of student developers at Washington State University intend to create Ideas as a web service supported by an Azure back-end, JSON-based RESTful API and with Windows 8 being the first client application. We expect that Azure will provide a perfect solution for the back-end of our service.  

As young software developers we are almost constantly bombarded with software ideas which people share with us because they believe we have the skill set necessary to realize them. A major problem with people communicating their software ideas to us is that they simply don't know how to organize their idea into a format which is meaningful to us as software developers.

 There are two major motives behind Ideas: 

  1. Provide a tool which helps people organize their software ideas in a meaningful way such that they are more easily communicated with software developers who could realize the idea. 
  2. Provide a tool for people to save, refine and share their software ideas.    


Ideas has been released on the Windows Phone marketplace but does not include any web integration. Ideas was created by the WSU Windows Phone Development group and was published to the Windows Phone marketplace in the summer of 2012.

The two student developers creating this project first collaborated on the Windows Phone release of Ideas, then were teamed up for the capstone senior design project where they created a web service for video blogging called Archive. Archive required a custom JSON-based RESTful API, supported by Amazon EC2 and S3 web servers and supported web, iOS, Android and Windows 8 client applications.   

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About the Author

Griffin Fujioka
United States United States
I am a software developer finishing up my degree at Washington State University. In December 2013 I'll be graduating with a B.S. in Computer Science with minors in Math and MIS.

I've released a number of apps for Windows Phone and Windows 8 which remain my primary platforms.

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