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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

Bots and automation

In this section, let us introduce some of the two tips and tricks that can solve the most frequently asked questions by using AppSheet Automation as a solution.

Creating sequential numbers by using a bot

The sample app's name is Chapter 12_08:

We observed a number of the same questions in the community asking how to get sequential numbers. They could be used, for instance, as document IDs, job IDs, or for other different purposes. An AppSheet app should be usable by multiple users at any time. When app users are accessing the same app at the same time, they are working on the same app, which is copied to the devices the app users are using. This makes the task of creating sequential numbers difficult, as concurrent app users could generate the exact same number. Before diving deeper, let’s get started with the usual implementation of this type of feature...