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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

Pro-Coder Features

In the first two chapters, we talked about the pro-coder. In this chapter, we’ll dive deeper into what a pro-coder can actually do in the platform with some examples. The two main pro-coder features of the platform that we’ll discuss are the component set and the action functions.

The main topics of this chapter are as follows:

  • The component set
  • Structure of a component and prefab
  • Using a new component
  • Action steps

By the end of this chapter, you’ll have a better understanding of what the pro-coder features are and what you can use them for. This guide will not go into detail about how to create them (for pro-coders, this should not be a hard task), since I will assume you already know how to code. The focus is on understanding the way Betty Blocks implements these features, so that you, as a pro-coder, can utilize them to their full potential.

The main language for using the pro-coder features is JavaScript/TypeScript...