Being an “app designer” is a trend that’s on the upswing. Microsoft is stoking the creative fire with Project Siena. Project Siena is designed to be a user-friendly way for everyone to build their own Windows 8.1 programs with the same knowhow that goes into using Microsoft PowerPoint or Microsoft Excel. Project Siena is also a “Metro” app, so you can just as easily use it on your Windows touch-enabled tablet. It is a 3.4 MB sized free download for Windows 8.1.
The learning curve? Microsoft says it’s easy as editing a document and you do not need any specialized app development knowledge. To begin: Think through the visual look for the app and place the elements on the canvas –connect the data – write Excel-like expressions to add functions and logic to the features. According to Microsoft, Siena works well with corporate and web data and media content: SharePoint lists, Excel and Windows Azure tables, RSS feeds, and the gamut of RESTful services.
Microsoft has strung together help and support resources around Project Siena. Take a look at some sample apps and give your imagination a hand with your own. Don’t forget to tell us about your first app designing experience.