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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 multiple values with list functions and expressions

In this section, we will learn what list column types are and also how you can create lists. Thereafter, we will learn about various list functions and expressions with examples.

As you will be aware, in AppSheet, in columns of date, datetime, time, URL, text, phone number, name, number, price, image, or other types, the user can enter a single value per record – so users can enter a single date value in a date-type column, a single time value in a time-type column, a single phone number value in a phone-number-type column, and so on.

However, at times, you may need multiple values of a single data type in a single record. Consider a case where you would like to refer to multiple phone numbers of a customer in their record in a customer table. Those phone numbers may have been entered in another table, such as one called Customer Contact Details, in multiple rows, but you want to display them together in...