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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

Learning about Bot setup through a practical example

Using what we have learned so far, let’s create a new Bot using the sample app. These exercises will guide you through the creation of a Bot that will manage the most frequently used Task (Send an email) as well as invoke an Action from the Step.

Sending an email is one of the basic requirements many app creators seek to implement with AppSheet apps. It is often used when you call for actions by other app users, such as giving approvals to the document and applications or you just simply share information by sending mails, and for many other purposes, an automated email is used. When the Bot is run, an email attachment can automatically be created. File creation is another frequently used functionality within Automation. We will cover the Step to create an email attachment file – however, creating an attachment file is almost identical to the Create a new file Task type, so once we go through this exercise, you will...