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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

Preparing your data in the right format

Before building a new app with AppSheet, the data source for your app needs to be in place. Throughout this book, we are using Google Sheets as the data source for our sample app and demonstration. To proceed, please make sure you have a spreadsheet for your own exercise to start to build your application, and ensure the data is stored in a tabular format. A tabular format is simply information presented in the form of a table with rows and columns, where the first row at the top always represents the name of columns and each row represents a subset of the data. A quick way to see whether your data is in a tabular format is to check whether a new subset of the data will be appended at the last row as a new record, instead of being added as a new column.

Figure 2.1 – Monthly income and cost table in a tabular format

Figure 2.1 is an example table, presenting the monthly income and cost for a company in simplified...