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Democratizing Application Development with Betty Blocks

By : Reinier van Altena
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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

What this book covers

Chapter 1, What You Can Build with Betty Blocks as a Citizen Developer, offers an understanding of who can build on the platform and what kind of applications can be built with the platform.

Chapter 2, Collaboration between Citizen Developers and Coders Using Betty Blocks, explains how citizen developers and coders can collaborate in developing on the platform. It also talks about whether there is any value for pro-coders on a no-code platform, and what they can offer citizen developers.

Chapter 3, Governance on the Platform, explains how governance on the platform allows you to create organizations, applications, and sandboxes. All of this is governed by different user types. This will be explained in this chapter.

Chapter 4, An Introduction to Data Modeling, teaches you what you can do with the Back Office, including how to set it up and how to access your data there.

Chapter 5, An Introduction to the Page Builder, teaches you what you can do with the page builder, including how to create, wireframe, and build your own first page.

Chapter 6, Creating a New Application from a Template, introduces you to creating an application by using a template.

Chapter 7, What Went into Building This Application, shows you how the application from the previous chapter was built.

Chapter 8, The ToDo Application, gives a deeper look into the Betty Blocks platform. Now that you are more familiar with the platform, we’ll dive a bit deeper into pages and data models.

Chapter 9, The ToDo Application – Actions and Interactions, shows you how to add actions and interactions to the ToDo application.

Chapter 10, Case Management Application, shows you how to build an application with a remote data source; we’ll grab the remote data source and get the data from there instead of from our data model.

Chapter 11, Case Management – Pages and Actions, shows you how to add pages and actions to your case management application.

Chapter 12, The Pro-Coder Features, shows the features that a pro-coder can use.

Chapter 13, The Back Office, explores the Back Office, which is an older part of the platform and is used for managing your data.

Important note

The official name "no-coder" has now been changed to "Business technologist" by Gartner.