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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

Event – Data change or Schedule

In the previous sections, we learned about the basic anatomy of an AppSheet Bot, which is built with multiple primary components – an Event and a Process. As discussed, we need to define the Event to tell the Bot when and how should start its work. Now, let’s have a look at the Event component.

Creating a new Bot

Let’s get started with the basic process to create a Bot. Go to Automation | Bots:

Figure 8.4 – Creating a new Bot

Once you find the Bots tab, click on the + New Bot button to create a new Bot. Once the new Bot is created, the next step is to name this Bot. Select a name you believe is appropriate, but we suggest that the name of the Bot should be self-explanatory to tell you what kind of jobs this Bot is going to manage, such as Sending an email when a new request is in place:

Figure 8.5 – Naming the Bot

Once the name is given to the Bot, please...