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opticshrew2
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How was PowerApps developed?

Hi folks,

 

I have a juicy one today. Does anyone know what programming language has been used to develop PowerApps as a product?

 

I've asked Microsoft however they suggested a 3rd party create PowerApps and that the language couldn't be disclosed as it's confidential.

 

Can anyone expand on this?

J

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PowerApps Staff CarlosFigueira
PowerApps Staff

Re: How was PowerApps developed?

This is not confidential information. PowerApps is made up of many components, and different languages are used for them. For example, if you open the PowerApps Studio (https://create.powerapps.com) you can see the source code that is running there by opening the browser's developer tools - it is written in HTML/JavaScript/CSS, and it uses many 3rd-party libraries (you can find the list at https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/legal/third-party-notices/). The backend where, among other things, the apps are stored, permissions are managed, and so on, is written in C#. Connectors that are written on top of the API Management (https://azure.microsoft.com/services/api-management/) - you can see that if you look at the network traffic from the apps when they are making calls to a data source - and while I don't know what language is used, my guess is that it would be C#. Other parts of the platform may use different languages / libraries as well.

Notice that this is an implementation detail. It's possible that the implementation of any of the components of the PowerApps platform is rewritten in another languge in the future (if we deem that the new language is more appropriate, and the conversion is cost-effective), so you shouldn't rely on the specific implementation when creating your apps.

Hope this helps.

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PowerApps Staff CarlosFigueira
PowerApps Staff

Re: How was PowerApps developed?

This is not confidential information. PowerApps is made up of many components, and different languages are used for them. For example, if you open the PowerApps Studio (https://create.powerapps.com) you can see the source code that is running there by opening the browser's developer tools - it is written in HTML/JavaScript/CSS, and it uses many 3rd-party libraries (you can find the list at https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/legal/third-party-notices/). The backend where, among other things, the apps are stored, permissions are managed, and so on, is written in C#. Connectors that are written on top of the API Management (https://azure.microsoft.com/services/api-management/) - you can see that if you look at the network traffic from the apps when they are making calls to a data source - and while I don't know what language is used, my guess is that it would be C#. Other parts of the platform may use different languages / libraries as well.

Notice that this is an implementation detail. It's possible that the implementation of any of the components of the PowerApps platform is rewritten in another languge in the future (if we deem that the new language is more appropriate, and the conversion is cost-effective), so you shouldn't rely on the specific implementation when creating your apps.

Hope this helps.

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