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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

Building More Apps with App Templates

In the previous chapter, you learned how you can extend an app’s capabilities by utilizing third-party services. In this chapter, we will understand how you can use app templates or template apps to build more powerful apps.

In modern IT systems, the concept of templates is very important. Templates help you to build on an already-built foundation. AppSheet apps also use the concept of templates. You can access the various app templates using the following options:

  • You can share some of the apps you have created as template apps in your app portfolio for other app creators. You can also create template apps of certain complex functionalities as a self-reference for your own use.
  • Many AppSheet app creators have created template apps that demonstrate an AppSheet feature or business functionality. These template apps are available on the app creators’ portfolio pages.
  • Additionally, the AppSheet website also has a large...