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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

Presenting App Data with UX/Views

User Experience (UX) plays a significantly important role in app development. This is because it is the view that is presenting your data to the eyes of the users whenever they visit your apps. From the user’s perspective, the app’s appearance is everything.

As an app developer, you always need to pay the utmost attention to how to organize and design your app so that it is user-friendly. If the app is not managed well in terms of UX – including a data entry interface, and not simply limited to navigation from one view to another view – your app users may feel uncomfortable using your app. AppSheet natively provides you with a number of options to change those views. Choosing the right options and also building the appropriate view for your data are both important.

In this chapter, we will describe how an app is presented to app users and what types of view you can use. We will also explore how you can format your...