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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

How is a Process constructed?

Referring back to the previous section, the Bot is the core of AppSheet Automation, as it defines the jobs you will automate. Roughly speaking, when the condition you set in the Event component is met, the Bot will run. Running the Bot means executing a Process – for instance, assuming you made a Schedule event, then the Bot will run once the time arrives. Whether you made the Event a Data change or Schedule event, the Bot is going to execute the Process you defined as far as the condition for the Event is satisfied.

Now, let’s discuss how to set up a Process in detail.

Steps for a Task or Data change action

A Bot will do a job for you and most importantly, this process is going to be automated. At the beginning of this chapter, we briefly explained what Automation can do, such as sending emails and creating new files automatically.

To achieve that, we need to set up a Process by configuring the Steps involved in that Process...