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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

Sending on-demand messages to app users

At times, you want to convey an important message to all app users. You can write a broadcast message under the Manage | Broadcast Notifications option. Only an app user who has edit definition rights to the app can construct and send broadcast notification messages. You can construct a broadcast notification message as shown in the following screenshot:

Figure 7.50 – Constructing a broadcast notification message

You need to simply write text in the Title and Body fields. However, you cannot include any AppSheet expressions the way you can in certain action types in the To and Body settings. You can also include a deep link expression in the Deep Link field to a view in the app in the message. When you write in the three settings and thereafter click on the Send notification button, the message is broadcast to all the app users’ mobile devices.

The Broadcast Notifications settings pane becomes blank immediately...