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Build data-driven Windows Phone apps with App Studio, extend with Visual Studio 2013

I learnt from the Channel 9 video Windows App Studio: How to take your app from idea to app in record time, how data-driven Windows Phone & Windows Store apps can be developed using the free, online Windows App Studio tool's drag and drop interface & then its functionality can be extended using Visual Studio 2013.

Some of the important facts I picked about App Studio that I picked from that presentation are:

* RSS, HTML, YouTube, Flickr, Bing, Twitter, Facebook, Static & Dynamic Collection-type Data Sources are supported.

There is a limit to the number of “rows” in your Data Collection which is currently at 40 per collection.

*  For large data, Azure Mobile Services can be leveraged.

* While building apps with simple functionality, you can upload the final package generated by App Studio to the Store directly without having to write a single line of code. That way, you don't even need a Windows 8.1 PC to build the app.

* To extend the app if you wish, App Studio allows you to download the auto-generated source code. If that code is messed up while modifying it, you can download it again. The auto-generated Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 Universal App project contains C# & XAML code (not WinJS Universal App code)

* There are samples that show Apps built with App Studio which are later extended with Visual Studio to display data from Rotten Tomatoes & SoundCloud REST APIs.

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