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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

Searching data from an app with Smart Assistant

In a nutshell, Smart Assistant provides app users with advanced searching experiences called natural language processing. App users use natural language to search data across the app and tables, returning results matching the searching word(s), just like searching on search engines, such as Google or Yahoo.

This feature is enabled by default once a new app is made. To access this feature, go to the menu and you will see the Assistant view, as shown in the following figure. Once the Assistant view is open, type some text in natural language into the input field at the top of the view.

On clicking the mic icon, the voice recognition function will be activated. Speak to the app and your app will pick up your words, converting them into text to search:

Figure 9.2 – The Assistant view inside the app menu

You can access the menu view via the cloud icon at the top left and then you can find the Assistant...