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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

The Back Office

In this chapter, we’ll talk about the Back Office of Betty Blocks. It’s very specific to the Betty Blocks platform, and it has a different URL than all the other parts of the Betty Blocks platform that we’ve seen before now. What is the Back Office exactly?

The Back Office is a simple create, read, update, and delete (CRUD) interface that allows you to interact with your data very easily in your data model. You can also view this as the administrator environment. In the previous chapter, we talked about data models but had no way to see the data inside them or add any data to our models.

That’s where the Back Office comes in. Of course, the platform also has the page builder, which allows you to do the same things as the Back Office and can be made more customer-facing. But the Back Office does these things faster, albeit with some limitations. By limitations, I mean that the way the Back Office looks is always the same. You have control...