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Democratizing Application Development with AppSheet

By : Koichi Tsuji, Suvrutt Gurjar, Takuya Miyai
Book Image

Democratizing Application Development with AppSheet

By: Koichi Tsuji, Suvrutt Gurjar, Takuya Miyai

Overview of this book

Many citizen developers regularly use spreadsheets in their business and day-to-day jobs. With AppSheet, you can take your spreadsheets to the next level by enhancing their ease of use. The platform allows you to run your business efficiently and manage it in the field outside of an office or indoor environment. This book enables you to create your own simple or medium to complex hybrid apps for business or personal use. As a beginner to AppSheet, this book will show you how the AppSheet Editor works and how it is used to configure, test, and deploy an app and share it with others as users or co-authors. You’ll learn about widely used features such as how to use data sources, create app views and actions, construct expressions with AppSheet functions, and make your app secure through security and UX options. Next, you’ll create email/attachment templates and develop reports/documents based on templates, store in the cloud, and send files through emails. You’ll also understand how to integrate third-party services and monitor various usage statistics of your app. As you progress, you’ll explore various features with the help of sample apps that you create using the book. By the end of this book, you’ll have learned how to make the most of AppSheet to build powerful and efficient applications.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
Part 1 – Introduction and Getting Started
Part 2 – App Editor and Main Features
Part 3 – Advanced Features and External Services
Part 4 – App Templates and Tricks for App Building

Understanding a Bot and its components

We can create multiple Bots in a single app, but each Bot will manage just a single Process that you want to automate:

Figure 8.2 – A Bot and its main components

As you can see in the preceding figure, the Bot comprises two main components, which we will review in detail later. The first component is an Event. The Event is the component with which we set up when and how the Bot is going to start to work. As its name suggests, we define what sort of Event the Bot will handle. The second main component is called a Process. Inside the Process, we define what sort of jobs the Bot is going to manage, such as sending mail, creating files, and so on. In other words, the Process is the core part of any Bot you create. To handle a complicated scenario requiring advanced settings, we can build a Bot that can conditionally change its behavior by defining multiple Steps.

A Process comprises one or more Steps. A Step is a...