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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 templates for your self-reference

You will find it helpful to have certain template apps readily available for your own reference. These apps are like study notes that you can refer to from time to time. You need not share them as public sample apps. These apps can be simply on your My Apps page. Let’s discuss a few situations where you will find these template apps useful.

Some of the more complex expressions are mainly date/time expressions and multi-row expressions that have functions such as SELECT(), MAXROW(), and MINROW(). Unlike the metric system, which works on decimals, time and date measurements have very uneven measures, as we discussed in Chapter 4.

Additionally, there are somewhat complex AppSheet features such as reference actions, dashboards, charts, URLs for images and files, and so on. It is always useful to have your own template apps ready for complex expressions, features, and business functionalities that you commonly use.

While creating...