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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

Formulas (expressions)

In this section, we introduce some tips and tricks that will help solve common issues that the majority of app creators run into at an early stage when starting to develop an app with AppSheet. Let’s dive in.

Creating a URL to access images and other files

The name of the sample app to refer to on the portfolio site is Chapter 12_01:

Any image files or other files, such as PDF or MS Word files, you save in AppSheet apps will be saved in cloud services such as Google Drive automatically. Typically, there is an image, thumbnail, or file column type and it is easy to access and retrieve the files to show inside the app, as AppSheet automatically creates an action to open the files.

However, app creators quite often need to get the URLs to open the files for various reasons. We need to share those files with someone who does not have access to the app...