The latest update to Windows App Studio includes new features such as the API Gallery and the Custom API Sharing that powers it.
The API Gallery is a new data source that builds upon the REST API Data Source while decreasing the complexity of implementing a REST API. The API Gallery aggregates and collects implementations of the REST API data source (now renamed to Custom API data source) that users want to share, and makes it easy for anyone to consume them. For instance, you have an API that lists events by region and type, and has links to buy tickets.
You can now implement the API in the Custom API data source; and once it’s created, tested and working, you can share that implementation with the community by submitting it to the API Gallery. When you submit it, you can specify which elements are customizable by the user, provide a description and add a link to API docs.
According to the Windows apps team, the biggest feature of this update is the new API Gallery. “So everyone loves new data sources in Windows App Studio releases, but what’s even better is a data source that packs nearly unlimited data sources within it, and one that is totally customizable by you,” the team wrote in a blog post.