A couple of months ago I did a post on building an app using App Studio. App Studio lets you swiftly build apps for inmediate publishing, testing, and sharing with clients, co-workers, friends, and family. Since then Windows Phone has been hard at work making some changes. In an updated tutorial to the one I did in September 2013, I am going to be going to building a new app and going over some of the new features. Before you get started on the tutorial, it is worth having a look at the How To guide and sample apps on App Studio main page. The How To Guide will go over the following topics
- Empty Apps vs Templates
- What is a Data Source?
- What are the different types of data sources ? RSS, YouTube, Flickr, Bing, HTML, and Collections.
- What can I do with a collection ?
- Static Resources Vs App Studio Data Services.
- What is an application section ?
- Panorama Control. Tips to understanding Panorama control
- What does Bind to Data mean ?
- What does “Add An Action” mean?
- What are the different Actions?
- Configuring Application Sections
- What are Style Tiles and Splash?
- Getting the app done
- How of I get my app on my device ?
- How do I publish my app?
- Multilingual support
- How do I enable ads on my app?
Aaaah! I have so much to learn. Yes, the list might seem long but, it is amazing how many core principals of app development you learn. App Studio is a great visual editor that provides new/hobby developers simple app development fundamentals like data-binding, controls, apis , side loading/testing and monetization. It is surprising how much this tool can teach you in an 1 hour or so. Hopefully this will spark you interests to the next levels.