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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

Creating a layout

In this section, we’re going to create our page layout to get a feeling of the drag-and-drop functionality and explain some of the layout components and their options.

Before we get started, let’s create a new page, so we have a blank page to get started with. Click on the page builder icon in the builder bar on the left side and when the sliding pane opens, click on the blue cross button in the top-right corner. This should bring you to the Choose a template page, and here we can create a new page based on a template or create one from scratch. We’ll start from scratch now to play around with some of the layout components. You’ll see a gray Start from scratch button at the top (Figure 5.13). Press it and name the page Layout Test, set it to Public, and click on Create a page. You should see an empty canvas now in the page builder.

Figure 5.13 – The Start from scratch and Request template buttons

Figure 5.13 – The Start from scratch and Request template buttons

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