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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

Launching the application

Now that we’ve toured the development environment of our newest application, it’s time to see the actual application in action. The whole application will feel empty at this point; all the pages, actions, and data models are in place, but no user data is present yet. So while we explore this template, we will need to add data along the way, and that’s also a great way to explore the template. Let’s get started!

In order to get to the frontend part of our application, we’ll need to launch it. There are several ways of doing this. The first and easiest way of doing this is by clicking on the play button (Figure 6.28) in the bar on the left:

Figure 6.28 – The play button as seen in the menu

Figure 6.28 – The play button as seen in the menu

This launches the application from the page that has been set as the home page. If you click on the Pages icon in the navigation bar and click on the Pages overview button (highlighted in the following...