Welcome, soon-to-be fellow App Developer!

So, you found out about AppSheet and you thought:

“Wow! This is AMAZING! I can’t believe it’s possible to build apps that actually DO SOMETHING, without having to spend years of my life and possibly thousands of dollars learning how to code.”

The problem is, amongst the online documentation, YouTube videos and Community Forum, you are lost. There is so much information all over the place that you are battling to get started. Once you start, you’re getting stuck and feel awkward about what questions to ask or how to ask them.

You aren’t even sure what your questions should be. The promise of AppSheet’s no-code app development is slipping away…

What you want to start with are a few simple examples. Some step-by-step instructional guides to get you from a blank page to a functioning app.

You’d like to build a couple of apps that are relevant to business needs, so that you can flex your app-building muscles a bit, connect the dots and have a few “Aha!” moments. You want to learn some of the lingo, see how one step affects the next and build up an understanding of how AppSheet works by building some small, concrete projects.

If that sounds like what you want, then you’re in luck.

The StepSheet course will take you from starting at a completely blank page, to developing 3 business-grade apps.

Each app focuses on the most important aspects of app development on the AppSheet platform.

It is by far the quickest way to learn the platform. It will save you HOURS AND HOURS of searching through all the reference material. It’s the best way to make sure you can actually finish a couple of apps before setting off on your own.

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Some Q&A

AppSheet is awesome – is this the best no-code platform around? Should I invest my time in it?

Yes.

AppSheet is by far the best no-code app development platform I’ve found, and believe me- I’ve looked. My search took me through all the platforms (I’m pretty sure…) that all had some or other limitation that put me off them. I had basically given up hope until I stumbled upon AppSheet by chance.

It’s great for quickly getting apps off the ground with just a little bit of knowledge. If you fancy yourself familiar with spreadsheets, then you’re really in for a treat.

If you are like me, what’s drawn you to app-development is its business applications. Businesses stand to gain enormous value from digitising manual processes, replacing legacy systems that just don’t cut it anymore and saving thousands and thousands of dollars of man hours by using apps to streamline their businesses, solve problems and increase revenue.

Seriously, AppSheet is a great platform. Want convincing? Just have a look at the growing, passionate, friendly community. Developers LOVE using AppSheet.

Q&A by the awesome AppSheet team, moderators and other developers (you’ll even see me there as often as possible). Bugs, issues, feature requests, knowledge sharing. Words of thanks-it’s all there.

Who is this course for?

Glad you asked. It’s not for everyone. It’s for people who see the value that apps can bring to businesses and who don’t have time to take the scenic route to app development.

There may be many different reasons why you are looking to build apps, but I bet it’s one of these:

  • You are an employee looking to improve your skills and increase your value to your employer.
  • You’re a business owner who values efficiency, understands that leveraging technology is a no-brainer for your business – IF you could only get it done affordably. You also are hands-on and want to build your apps yourself, or empower yourself with some knowledge before hiring one of the Appsheet partners to assist you.
  • You’re self-employed or looking to get into building apps for businesses, because you see custom-business apps as having the same impact on organisations as email had when it first came along! (As I see it, this is the next wave of IT!)

 

There’s quite a lot of information already available, can’t I just learn this myself?

Well, there is quite a lot of documentation and a YouTube channel with a lot of great info. Asking questions and searching on the forum is another great source of info.

That’s how I learnt (and am still learning) and you can do it that way too. HOWEVER, it is going to take you quite a while. More than quite a while in fact. It took me hours and hours and hours. I also have previous platform-building experience, so I knew what to look for and how to ask questions right off the bat. I was also lucky enough to be rocking a little baby to sleep at 11pm, 1am, 4am… daily for many months, so I had plenty of time to watch many hours of YouTube videos, read the docs and just browse the forums. I’m guessing you don’t have that luxury.

That’s just the nature of self-taught learning, even in a no-code environment. It’s takes time to piece things together.

This course is a short-cut.

What will I get out of this course?

It will leave you feeling confident enough to build business-grade apps using just the topics covered. If you decide you need more complex functionality, your experience in building these apps will give you the most valuable skill set of any developer in any language or platform:

  • Know what to search for;
  • Know what to ask for; and
  • Know when you’ve found the answer.

Those are very difficult to do when you start from a base of zero knowledge.

Shouldn’t I learn the hard way?

Glad you asked. As I mentioned before, you’ll be getting a short-cut foundation in building AppSheet apps by building three apps, all with common business use cases.

Shortcut doesn’t mean anything is left out, it means you save the time and avoid the frustration of finding what you need to know from a base of zero knowledge.

Everything is linked together in a logical fashion, introducing you to concepts as you progress.

Tell me more about the course structure.

The three most common elements you need for business apps are:

  1. Displaying data from a central database;
  2. Capturing data to a central database; and
  3. Sharing data between users.

For each of these, you’ll be building a stand-alone app from start to finish. From a blank page to a working app.

Lessons are delivered in short sections so that you can complete the course in bite size chunks. Fitting it in lunch breaks, evenings or weekends if you need to. It’s self paced, so you can blast through all the apps in a few hours if you want.

 

When will it be released?

It should be ready in a couple of months. In the meantime I’ll be updating this site with some great free resources. Be sure to sign up to the newsletter so that you don’t miss any.

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Who’s presenting this course?

My name is Oscar Baruffa. You’ll see me being quite active on the AppSheet community forum and I’ve tutored a few people on how to use the AppSheet platform. Check out my website at oscarbaruffa.com

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