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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

Google Apps Script and use cases

AppSheet provides a webhook as a task for automation, where the app creator can send the webhook request to the external services, to invoke any action or post data externally. This is a useful function, but there is no version of a GET request available natively inside the AppSheet editor. This is because there is no space to store the response body that we receive as a consequence of such an HTTP request.

Furthermore, the response body (generally in JSON format) varies by API. It is impossible to standardize the method to convert the API response body so that AppSheet can consume it. However, in practical use cases, app creators wish to get the data outside AppSheet and consume it within the app. For this use case, Google Apps Script provides a workaround. These are not purely tips and tricks for AppSheet but are associated more with Google Sheets configuration.

In any case, let’s briefly explain how to get data using Google Apps Script...