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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)
1
Part 1: Citizen Development
4
Part 2: First Steps on the Betty Blocks Platform
10
Part 3: Building Your First Application
15
Part 4: The Pro-Coder

What is the page builder?

The page builder is a drag-and-drop editor used to create web pages. It allows you to do most of the things with it that you are allowed to do with code, just in a much simpler way because you don’t have to remember all the code for creating a page. It also allows you to integrate with the data model that you’ve created so you can display all the data on your application’s pages. Backend logic is handled by the actions part of the Betty Blocks platform. We haven’t touched this part yet, but it basically allows you to create backend logic with drag and drop as well. This will be covered in another chapter.

With most no-code tools, you can get stuck because they don’t support something that you might want to do. In the Betty Blocks platform, you can add functionality and extend the functionality provided by the platform by using code. This doesn’t mean that someone who can write code needs to create this part by adding...