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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

Understanding what a data model is

What is a data model? In short, a data model determines the structure of your data. The Betty Blocks platform consists of models, which have properties. Data models can also have relationships with each other. A data model is basically your database within the platform where you can store all the information your application needs or needs to store. So, what does this mean exactly if you have never used a data model or database before? Let’s take a look at an example and try to present it in a way that you would normally see in a data model or database.

An example of a data model

Let’s take a customer as an example. You want to create a data model that can hold different customers. You want to keep track of your customers and have them all in an app so you can quickly look them up and find their information or add more information to them. So, you would start by creating a Customer model in your data model. In a model, you can...