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Democratizing Application Development with AppSheet

By : Koichi Tsuji, Suvrutt Gurjar, Takuya Miyai
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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)
1
Part 1 – Introduction and Getting Started
3
Part 2 – App Editor and Main Features
10
Part 3 – Advanced Features and External Services
14
Part 4 – App Templates and Tricks for App Building

Offline or sync behavior of an app

An AppSheet app is required to sync with a data source to get updates made by other users. It also needs to sync to save the changes made in the app to the data source. The Offline/Sync settings on the Behaviors tab allow you to set the sync behavior of the app in line with how the app users will use an app.

When an app is connected to the internet, it is referred to as being used in online mode. On the other hand, when the app users use an app when it is not connected to the internet, the app is referred to as being used in offline mode. It is sometimes necessary for an app to work offline, especially for apps used in remote worksites or locations where internet connectivity may not be available.

You will need to configure the sync settings to ensure the proper behavior of the app in online or offline usage without loss of data or impacted user experience.

Let us now examine the various sync behavior settings of an app.

Sync –...