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Praveen Seshadri

Praveen is CEO of AppSheet and full-time coder. Over his career, he has pursued the "dream" of declarative end-user programming in various incarnations. In a previous life, he was a CS professor at Cornell University. And in another previous life, he was a partner engineering manager at Microsoft in the SQLServer and Bing teams.

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Need an App Maker? 3 Questions You Should Ask

 

If you want to know how to make an app, there are three important questions to ask:

  1. What kind of app do you want to make?
  2. What are your technical skills?
  3. How much time and money do you want to invest?
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How to Make an App—Things to Do in the First 7 Days

 

Most teams in most industries will get more productive with custom mobile apps. Construction, transportation, utilities, oil and gas, agriculture, manufacturing, shipping ... the list is long. If you work in one of these industries and think a mobile app would help your team, this article is for you. It is a step-by-step planner on how to make an app and implement it for your business use case.

The article will not advise you to hire software developers. In fact, absolutely not. The article tells you how to create your own app yourself or with the help of your own team. You need no knowledge of software development or programming. Instead, you will use a no code app platform called AppSheet that is explicitly designed for business professionals like you. In general, the concepts in this article apply to other no code platforms as well.

A note of caution: every no code platform will claim you can create apps in seconds. So does AppSheet. That is true in a literal sense but it is also not true in a practical sense. You will have an app working in seconds or minutes. However, to build a good app, the one you want with the features you want, it will take some investment of time. I believe a week is sufficient, investing a couple of hours a day. Hence, the "7-day planner"!

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Build or Buy Mobile Apps: Focus on the Platform, NOT the App

 

A recent ComputerWorld article shed some light on Santa Clara County CIO Ann Dunkin’s conundrum: Should Santa Clara build or buy mobile apps? I suspect this is a question many city CIOs are asking themselves as they try to figure out how to offer their city residents a mobile-friendly, one-stop shopping experience that is platform-agnostic.

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The Wand Chooses the Wizard: the AppSheet Customer Definition

This is part of the AppSheet Manifesto series about the beliefs and principles that form the basis of the AppSheet platform. The manifesto has three major customer-centric assertions: a) about the technology, b) about the product, and c) about the business. This article is about the second assertiona tiny startup team starts from scratch and rapidly builds a broad app platform for tens of thousands of customers. We have done this by adopting a somewhat surprising principle.

Our customers are our team. And here is what we mean by customers in the AppSheet dictionary.

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50 Ways to Leave Your App Developer

 

It's time to build apps yourself.

Do you work at a business where there are inefficient forms being filled out with pen and paper? Or people have to come back to their desktop to fill in information? Or you don't have information that you want at your fingertips? You know the answer. A mobile app would really help you get more efficient and drive your business forward. Yet you fear all the horror stories with app development!

Here's a lyrical encouragement to rid yourself of the pain, burden, cost, aggravation, and futility of hiring application developers and instead build those apps yourself. That's what the no-code platform revolution is all about.

With a salute to Paul Simon (enjoy his music video at the end of the post), here goes...

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