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Democratizing Application Development with Betty Blocks

By : Reinier van Altena
Book Image

Democratizing Application Development with Betty Blocks

By: Reinier van Altena

Overview of this book

This practical guide on no-code development with Betty Blocks will take you through the different features, no-code functionalities, and capabilities of the Betty Blocks platform using real-world use cases. The book will equip you with the tools to develop business apps based on various data models, business processes, and more. You’ll begin with an introduction to the basic concepts of the Betty Blocks no-code platform, such as developing IT solutions on various use cases including reporting apps, data tracking apps, workflows, and business processes. After getting to grips with the basics, you’ll explore advanced concepts such as building powerful applications that impact the business straight away with no-code application development and quickly creating prototypes. The concluding chapters will help you get a solid understanding of rapid application development, building customer portals, building dynamic web apps, drag-and-drop front ends, visual modelling capabilities, and complex data models. By the end of this book, you’ll have gained a comprehensive understanding of building your own applications as a citizen developer using the Betty Blocks no-code platform.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Part 1: Citizen Development
Part 2: First Steps on the Betty Blocks Platform
Part 3: Building Your First Application
Part 4: The Pro-Coder

Setting up the data model

As you’ve seen, there are multiple ways of setting up your data model: you can do it from the page builder as well as while building your page. I’d recommend starting with designing your data model as much as you can before building the pages. This doesn’t mean you have to build all the models and properties at the start of your project, but having a good outline can help you quickly catch any mistakes, so you don’t have to repair these later. You can always add more properties or models as you move along with your project, of course – it doesn’t have to be perfect from the start.

In this project, we’ll build a to-do application. This application will store a list of tasks that users have to perform.

Let’s get started by creating our task model. For now, we’ll create it in the data model view, but it’s also possible to create your data model while creating your pages. We’ll...