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Democratizing Application Development with AppSheet

By : Koichi Tsuji, Suvrutt Gurjar, Takuya Miyai
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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

Tips and Tricks

As app creators spend more time in AppSheet, they will naturally find that the learning curve to develop their own functionalities is getting steeper after passing a certain skill and knowledge level. This could happen because the app creators would like to add more advanced functionalities to the apps to implement their own business logic into a single application and in turn, the advanced skills and knowledge are required to add those intelligent functionalities to the app.

Throughout this chapter, you will find the most practical and useful tips and tricks that will help in developing custom functionalities to satisfy the unique needs of your business applications in AppSheet. The tips and tricks that we will introduce in this chapter deal with various aspects of app development, including, but not limited to, data manipulation, advanced UX settings, and using a bot.

We have split the tips and tricks into the following categories:

  • Formulas (expressions...