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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

Controlling App Users and Data Security

We have been discussing how to connect data sources to our app and the other basic steps to building an app, such as adding views and actions, as well as learning about the basics of AppSheet expressions. You may find you are ready to test your app with possible app users even though app development is still underway. In this chapter, we will discuss how to add our colleagues and teammates as users of our apps, as well as how to invite someone else to collaboratively build your app as a co-author.

Furthermore, we will explain a basic approach to data protection and the accessibility of data for each app user. AppSheet provides various options to control user permission levels, such as who can view what sort of data and who will have editable permission to manipulate data while other users can only view data.

When the app usage and the number of users interacting with the app concurrently grow, it is common for app creators to control those...