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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)
1
Part 1 – Introduction and Getting Started
3
Part 2 – App Editor and Main Features
10
Part 3 – Advanced Features and External Services
14
Part 4 – App Templates and Tricks for App Building

Format rules to highlight important data

Like the format rules of Excel and Google Sheets, AppSheet allows you to apply your own format rules, such as changing text colors and placing icons beside data in a specified column. You can apply the conditional format rule by using the AppSheet expression to change the app behavior dynamically, whether the format rule is applied or not, based on the contexts.

Creating a new format rule

The process to set up format rules is rather simple. Let’s create a new one.

Figure 3.31 – A list of the available format rule settings

Firstly, you need to name the rule. The name should be self-explanatory, as you may need to refer back to these rules later on. The name should give you a quick indication of the rule’s purpose. All format rules you make will reside on one table.

The other options are as follows:

  • For this data: Select the name of the table where you intend to place the format rule...