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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

Manipulating text with text functions and expressions

In any app, as in the real world, we deal with a lot of text data. We then obviously need to manipulate the text to get just the right format for the app user to easily understand it. At times, you may need to only use part of the text, or at times, you might want to combine the data from multiple columns into a text string to create a meaningful message or information for the app user. You can use the AppSheet text functions to manipulate the text in an app just the way you want. In this section, let us understand the most common text functions that allow us to perform this text manipulation.

Let us start by understanding the CONCATENATE() function, which returns a longer text string by combining column values or other text strings:

Table 4.11 – The CONCATENATE() text function

Let us next learn about a few text functions that help you find out the length of a text string and extract a certain...