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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 actions and action types

In this section, you will learn what actions are and the various types of actions you can configure in an app. You will learn the various configuration settings for actions. You will also learn how the app editor automatically creates certain actions called system actions.

What are actions?

Actions are powerful components that help you perform quick behaviors such as data changes and app navigation with the tap of a button in an app. The following screenshot shows an example of what actions look like and how they are placed in the detail view of an app. Actions show up in views as buttons with suitable icons and names or appear as icons with the name showing in the tooltip. Actions can also be indirectly invoked when the user carries out certain events in the app. We will learn about all these options in this chapter.

Figure 5.1 – Actions in the detail view

The preceding screenshot shows icons of four actions...