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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

Exploring the basics of the AppSheet editor

We have successfully created the app by connecting to the data source. To customize the app, we need to change the settings for the data, but before discussing this process in detail, let’s briefly walk you through the AppSheet editor you just landed on.

Please have a look at the following figure, where we have outlined the main elements of the AppSheet editor.


The style and layout of the AppSheet editor we quote and the screenshot taken from the editor are all taken from the editor at the time of writing, October 2022. AppSheet makes changes to the style and layout of the AppSheet editor quite frequently, so you may see a different layout.

Figure 2.6 – Anatomy of the app editor

Basically, the app editor page has a fixed layout. Let’s begin with the main menu, which is located in the upper left of the editor:

  • Navigation bar: to Whenever you take any action to build your app...