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Channel 9 Video – Windows App Studio UWP from No Code to Code

Join MVP Russ Fustino and all of the Fustino Brothers in this live studio audience session recorded recently at the Tampa Code Camp. They present a deep dive into Microsoft Windows App Studio. It is a hot off the metal session.

Building universal Windows apps with no code using Microsoft App Studio. It’s all about creating quality apps quickly using templates. The enhanced App Studio (now for Windows 10) gives you a great start. Use the new Universal Windows Platform (UWP) – one binary, one project for phone and tablet. Employ new the pivot control API’s for YouTube and Flickr integration. Deploy ads easier. And wrap-up a responsive website in an app.

We uncovered the new enhancements that the June 2016 release and their recent experience in building the Ani DiFranco LivingMuseum app with data collections, graphic requirements and team testing. We show the new REST API Data source.

Finally, we take a deep dive into the incredible code that the Windows App Studio team created for all us. App Studio is even open source: Russ shared tips on how to use the Command Bar, crash reporting, master/detail pages, Search, Caching, Ads and all with the generated code. Questions addressed:

  • When importing a CSV for my data in a collection, how do I upload it without getting numerous errors?
  • Is there an Excel macro/Add-in I can use to help this process, so I have the ability to keep commas in the field data, use semi colons as a delimiter and double quotes around all of the field data items?
  • What is the maximum number of items in a collection? Is there a work around?
  • How do I assign actions on a detail page of a collection item?
  • How do I take advantage of Hero images on each page and what sizes are needed? Where do I load the background of the app?
  • Where do I set the splash screen vs the logos for the app?
  • What are the size limitations?
  • Is there an easy way to install the app for reviewers and team members?
  • How do we integrate the UWP Command Bar to execute one set of event handlers for the app?
  • How do we integrate the latest crash reporting from Microsoft called Hockey App?
  • How do master/detail page relationships work in App Studio code?
  • You want a Navigation bar in your app? And search?
  • You want to write an app that functions completely in Airplane mode, once it is cached is created? If you are a UWP coder, you won’t want to miss this caching topic.
  • “IT’S HUGE”, like one of the local car dealers says on his radio and TV ads! We will also show you how to setup the Ad Client using App Studio and look at the generated XAML!


Russ Fustino shows Jethro Tull app to Ian Anderson

It’s live!  One of the most incredible moments of my life! See a great video produced by Microsoft about Fustino Brothers’  endorsed app, Jethro Tull. Most importantly,  see footage of your truly, Russ Fustino,  showing the app to rock legend, Grammy award winner, Ian Anderson in person!




It’s about a three minute clip and in the first minute you will see background and some cool 3 brother fan shots. In the middle, I go into how I used App Studio to build the app and it ends with the best part of showing Ian Anderson the app. It was filmed in Lynn Mass on Nov 1, 2014 at a concert where he performed the Best of Jethro Tull and his new CD Homo Erraticus . Check out his comment about Jimmy Page! Also, check out the surface pro in the closing credits, firing up the Jethro Tull app. So cool! The video team that Microsoft hired did an incredible job. Enjoy!

The Jethro Tull is endorsed and published to Windows Store and Windows Phone Store.

Here is the link to the channel9 video itself:


Happy Holidays!

Jethro Tull app highlighted on Microsoft App Studio Site!

How exciting is this? I have written many apps for Windows Phone and Store, but the Fustino Brother’s Inc (FBI) endorsed Jethro Tull app is the first one to get highlighted! Also, my brothers and I are really looking forward to next weekend! We will be showing the app in person to Ian Anderson after the sound check for the Lynn, Mass show on Nov 1. Imagine that? Showing an app that the Fustino Brothers wrote ourselves to our music idol!  I can’t wait. Many thanks to the App Studio folks who will be filming this moment and all of the support they have provided.  Will share that link as soon as it is produced for sure.

If you are a Jethro Tull fan and have not checked out the Windows Universal app yet, for Windows Phone and Store, please do! The app is an endorsed collection of everything you want to know about Tull and Ian Anderson including Official Videos, Fan Videos, a rich Discography, tour dates, social media feeds and links to a wealth of Tull resources including past band members.