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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 Data with Behaviors and Actions

In this chapter, you will learn how to configure various actions to enhance the user experience. Actions are powerful behaviors that enable users to make quick data changes in an app and navigate effortlessly to various views in the app. Actions also allow users to navigate outside an app to another AppSheet app or a website.

After learning how to configure various views in an AppSheet app in the previous chapter, we’ll cover the following topics in this chapter:

  • Understanding actions and action types
  • Using app actions for navigation and working with CSV files
  • Configuring data change actions
  • Using external actions for external communications
  • Sequentially executing multiple actions with grouped actions
  • Offline and sync behavior of an app

By the end of this chapter, you’ll have learned how to use and configure different actions for data changes within an app and navigating within and outside...