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Jennifer Cadence
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December 20, 2019

Feature Friday: Duration, CONTEXT() Updates, and a New Onboarding View

Welcome back to AppSheet’s Feature Friday where we showcase our favorite features. This quick guide will help you build your apps faster so you can focus on what matters. 

shutterstock_146054396 (1)Duration 

Duration is part of the Date and Time expression family and allows you to calculate duration of seconds, minute, or hours. This has been expanded to make it easier to compute intervals in TOTALSECONDS(), TOTALMINUTES(), and TOTALHOURS(). These functions are great ways to track hours worked by your employees or manage duration of time spent on a project.  

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CONTEXT() Update

The function CONTEXT(option) is used to return a Text value that indicates where in the app this expression is being used. It's useful for "meta-data" operations but in a rather limited scope. We've expanded the functionality to include a fourth option, CONTEXT("AppName"). You can take a deeper dive into the technical side of CONTEXT() functions in reviewing this help document. 

Coming Soon: New Onboarding View 

The “About View” that your users currently interact with is rather static. To improve the experience for onboarding those that use your applications, keep an eye out for a soon to be released “Onboarding View.” You’ll have multiple pages for content, swiping capabilities and more. 

onboarding viewTop Features of the Year 

Next week we will be releasing our list of the Top Ten Features of the Year. stay tuned to see if your favorite made the list! 

 

How will you use these new features in what you’re creating? Stop by the AppSheet community and let us know!

Happy app building!

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