Get­ting started

Tech Advisor - - HOW TO: BUILD YOUR OWN WINDOWS APP WITH APP STUDIO -

The Win­dows App Stu­dio is a web-based sys­tem that doesn’t re­quire the in­stal­la­tion of any soft­ware on your ma­chine. The on­line na­ture also means that you can ac­cess your app from any PC with an in­ter­net con­nec­tion. Head over to the Win­dows App Stu­dio site (tinyurl.com/nyrhLxd), and af­ter you’ve logged in with your Mi­crosoft ac­count you’ll be able to make use of the free tools and get started straight away.

The first page you’ll see af­ter you’ve logged in is en­ti­tled Start New, and has op­tions at the top for cre­at­ing apps specif­i­cally for Win­dows 10 and 8.1. You’ll want to make sure the Win­dows 10 one is se­lected.

The main pane has op­tions for the dif­fer­ent types of tem­plate that you can use to build the app. There

are two types avail­able: App or Con­tent. The first is used to cre­ate web apps, which are a re­di­rect to an ex­ist­ing web page or site. Al­ter­na­tively, Con­tent apps are ac­tual mo­bile apps, that draw data from var­i­ous sources and dis­play it in a man­ner that you spec­ify.

Within Con­tent there are two three op­tions to choose be­tween: Empty App, My Favourite Band and My App. Empty is just as it says, a blank shell into which you add sec­tions and sources, then de­ter­mine the gen­eral look and feel of the app. If this sounds a lit­tle too much like hard work then the two oth­ers are Pre­de­fined tem­plates that still give you con­trol over the con­tent, but use pre­vi­ously gen­er­ated apps as a start­ing point. Se­lect one of th­ese to be­gin.

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