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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 who can access an app

On creating a new app, you would be the app owner and have full control to add users who can access and interact with your app. You can share your app with someone else to edit the app with you or simply test the app as an app user.

Before sharing your app, the first step is to check whether it is securely protected. You may use AppSheet to create business applications that contain confidential data and information – in which case, you have to ensure that only permitted users can access your app and the information inside it. As a responsible app owner, you have to control who is permitted to access your app and interact with the content to ensure its security. To manage this, please go to the Security | Require Sign-In tab, as shown in the following screenshot:

Figure 6.1 – Settings for requiring authentication

This is the place where you define whether or not the app users who are given access to the app...