First look: Play citizen developer with Microsoft PowerApps

If you can write an Excel macro, you can develop an application using PowerApps, Microsoft's new 'citizen developer' offering

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Modern application development isn’t only about cloud hyperscale microservices. It’s also about bringing application development to new audiences. Many of the tools and techniques that have been rolled out over the last few years apply to folk who simply want to solve a business problem fast as opposed to dev teams building the next unicorn startup.

That’s where Microsoft’s new PowerApps tool comes into play. Best considered for quickly building mobile and desktop applications, PowerApps enable anyone who has written an Excel macro to create an application -- as long as the data you need is accessible, either in a database or on the other side of an API.

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