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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

Understanding important miscellaneous functions

Let us now understand a few miscellaneous functions that are very useful in our app configuration. We will learn about three functions, USERSETTINGS(), CONTEXT(), and TEXT(), in this section.

Using functions related to the app user

As you will learn in Chapter 6, AppSheet per-user apps or secure apps need you to add the email IDs of the users to the app from the app editor to enable them to access the app. You will learn in detail how to add a user with the user’s email address in Chapter 6. Chapter 6 also explains the USEREMAIL() and USERROLE() functions and their use in apps, so we will just learn about the USERSETTINGS() function in this chapter.

When you distribute an app to your users, there are situations where each user would want the app to show them only certain data, at least for a certain time period. Let us look at some possible scenarios.

In an inventory management app, the manager has assigned the inventory...