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Democratizing Application Development with AppSheet

By : Koichi Tsuji, Suvrutt Gurjar, Takuya Miyai
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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

Using Intelligence and Advanced Features

AppSheet is not only a data-driven platform for developing feature-rich business applications but is also powered by artificial intelligence (AI) to give it additional and advanced functionality in terms of data searching, predictions, and data scraping image files. Throughout this chapter, a brief explanation of three different key AppSheet advanced features will be given so that you are familiarized with each feature, driven by the power of machine learning.

Besides the Smart Assistant feature, in order to use the other features, predictive models and optical character recognition (OCR), you need to train your own model as a first step. During this process, you will teach the AI models behind the scenes of AppSheet to get the desired results, such as the result of a prediction based on your own dataset and precise text extraction out of your own images. This training process is an important step in starting to use these unique features...