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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


In this chapter, we’ve talked about the pro-coder features for building your own components for the page builder and for the actions. This should allow the pro-coder to add functionality to the platform that might not be available out of the box. These are usually specific functionalities that are not very common. The CLI is available on GitHub to enable the pro-coder to do this and to upload the component set or action step to the platform.

Both use JavaScript, while the component set is based on React and the action step is based on Node.js, but with a few limitations.

In the next chapter, we’ll go over the back office in the older IDE of Betty Blocks. It’s a deprecated feature but still used widely by Betty Blocks users.