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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

Extending App Capabilities with Third-Party Services

There are quite a few open source services available these days. In this chapter, we’ll explore a few external services that will add some flavor to your apps, such as a dynamic image with text and a colored background or a dynamic image-based static chart. We will also see how to set up integrations with Google Workspace applications such as Google Chat.

Throughout this chapter, we will go through a few examples to introduce use cases where we implement third-party services to enhance the functionality of our apps. AppSheet provides a number of different features overall. But the techniques we will learn about in this chapter provide us with additional functions that extend the capabilities of AppSheet. These techniques include improving the visual appearance of your data and connecting to external services.

There are thousands of external services that can communicate with AppSheet. Once you have completed this chapter...