ZipApp – Create your own Windows 8 App without any coding!


This post was originally posted at The Developer Movement, I wanted to share this with Gulf educators and students to demonstrate how easy it is to get started as a Windows 8 app developer.




The promise: “Quick, simple and faster than hell”, “You don’t need to be a programmer”

The reality: Yes, a non-programmer can build a useful app in an afternoon.

What will the app be able to do?

ZipApp supports creating apps with the following types of content

  • Static content (hardcoded images, formatted text, and hyperlinks)
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • YouTube
  • RSS

What do you need before you start?

Not much, you should have an idea for a suitable app and the content you want to include in the app.



Will I need anything else to publish the app?

When you finish creating your app, the ZipApp tool will send you a .zip file containing the code for your application. You cannot just take that code and publish it to the store. You will need Visual Studio 2012 and the Windows 8 Software Development Kit (SDK) to build the package that you submit to the store. Installing the Windows 8 SDK requires Windows 8. So all that to say, if you plan to publish the app you need

Here are some quick videos and tutorials to get started with ZipApp. Dive in!

And also this ….



Comments (2)
  1. Alexandra says:

    Mobile apps are hot today. Every business is supposed to have a mobile app, websites are not enough. However, it's too expensive to hire a developer. there are plenty of web services that allow non-programmers to develop apps without programming skills. has anybody tried as an alternative?

  2. snappii does not generate a Windows Store version of the app.

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