5
April
2021
Tutorial

Build Your Admin Panel Without CSS or HTML

An admin panel usually refers to the set of tools available to the administrator of a web application for overseeing the app. The administrator is usually an owner or superuser who has permission to create, edit and delete certain components of a web page normally hidden from a regular user. The admin panel usually provides all the settings and tools used for system administration.

It’s not uncommon for web apps with sophisticated, complex, and beautiful user interfaces to have pretty bland admin panels. This is because the admin panel is hidden from the app's primary users and usually isn’t considered a priority. They’re also not very much fun to build because of the amount of repetitive work that goes into creating one.

In cases like this, developers would benefit from a tool that makes the process of building an admin panel easy without the need to write code. This would of course drastically reduce the amount of time and number of developers needed to work on building the admin panel. This is where Appsmith comes in.

Appsmith is an open-source framework that helps developers build dashboards, workflows, pages, and CRUD apps with little to no code. You can connect to APIs or databases like MongoDB, PostgreSQL, or MYSQL, as well as get access to charts, widgets, and other customization tools for building a UI.

In this article, you’ll learn how to set up Appsmith locally. You’ll create a new application, connect an API to it, and build an example admin panel using widgets and pages.

Getting Started with Appsmith

To begin, you'll need to sign up for Appsmith (it's free!), if you don’t already have an account. You can also deploy a Docker image on a server. For the purposes of this tutorial, you’re going to create a local instance of Appsmith using Docker.

  1. Read the instructions here to set this up for your operating system.
  2. Visit localhost in your browser to see the local version of Appsmith.
  3. Create a local account to log in.
  4. Click Create New to create a new application and name it Posts Admin Panel. This takes you to an empty workspace with a sidebar.
  5. On the sidebar, you should see items like Pages, API, and DB Queries in a folder-like structure. Under Pages, a new page, Page1, already exists. Rename it as All Posts.
Creating an application in Appsmith

Connect to a Data Source

To work with Appsmith, you need a data source. This can be in the form of an API or a database. Appsmith supports MongoDB, MySQL, and PostgreSQL among others.

  1. Make a connection to a database by clicking the plus icon near DB Queries on the sidebar under a page.
  2. Click New Datasource to see a list of different database options.
  3. Select your preferred database option and provide the relevant configuration details required to connect to your database server. As for connecting to APIs from Appsmith, you can hit any REST API endpoint available on the internet.

For the purposes of this guide, we'll connect to a fake API service called JSON Placeholder.

  1. On the sidebar, under All Posts, click on the plus icon near APIs. Click Create New, and you should see a new API page.
  2. On the upper left corner, change the API name from Api1 to all_posts and paste https://jsonplaceholder.typicode.com/posts as the URL.
  3. Click RUN to test run the API. In the Response Body section, you should see some data. This is the data you’ll display on the All Posts page in the coming section.
All Posts API data

Create the First UI View

Go to the previously created page All Posts. On this page, you’ll display a list of posts on a table using the Table Widget.

  1. Add a table to the page by clicking on the plus icon near Widgets.
  2. Drag and drop Table to the page workspace.
  3. Click the gear icon to configure the table.
  4. Change the table name from table1 to post_table.
  5. In the Table Data section, erase the dummy data and paste {{all_posts.data}} into it. This will pull data from the all_posts API you set up in the previous section.

Now you should see all of the posts on the table, with their respective columns and rows. The table comes with filtering, pagination, sorting, and a search bar.

Table with All Posts

Next, add a button that will create a new post. Once the button is clicked, you want it to open a new page that contains a form for creating a new post.

  1. Drag the BUTTON widget to the bottom of the table and label it Add New Post.
  2. Click the gear icon of the button, in the ACTIONS section.
  3. Click the onClick dropdown and choose Navigate to. The Page Name box should appear.
  4. Type in New Post as the page name.
Placing a button under a table in Appsmith


Create the Second UI View

In this section, you’ll create a New Post page.

  1. Create a new page and rename it New Post.
  2. Go back to the All Posts page. You should notice that clicking the Add New Post button takes you to the New Post page. On this page, you’ll create a form that can be used for adding new posts.
  3. Drag the Form widget to the workspace.
  4. Rename the form text Create Post.
  5. Click the gear icon on the form and change the name from form1 to new_post_form.
  6. Add a Text widget and label it User ID:.
  7. Drag the Input widget in front of it and change its name from input1 to user_id.
  8. Set the data type as Number and toggle the Required checkbox as checked.
  9. On the next row, add a Text widget and label it Title:.
  10. Drag the *Input widget in front of it and rename it title.
  11. On the next row, add a Text widget and label it Body:.
  12. Drag the Rich Text Editor widget in front of it and rename it body.
A completed form on Appsmith

CRUD Records in UI

In this section, you'll see how to configure the application to add and delete records using the fake API.

Adding Records

The form has two buttons at the bottom that controls how the form works:

  • Reset clears the form of filled-in data.
  • Submit is meant to handle the submission of the form.

To configure Submit to submit the form data, follow these steps:

  1. Click the gear icon on Submit.
  2. Go to the Actions section.
  3. Select onClick and choose the action Call an API.
  4. Select Create API. This takes you to the API interface.

Define the API that adds posts in this section by doing the following:

  1. Change the API name from Api1 to create_post.
  2. Change the method from GET to POST and paste the URL https://jsonplaceholder.typicode.com/posts.
  3. On the Body tab, define the JSON that will be sent to the fake API:
{
"userId": "{{new_post_form.data.user_id}}",
"title": "{{new_post_form.data.title}}",
"body": "{{new_post_form.data.body}}"
}

In the above sample, new_post_form refers to the form you created in the New Post page, while .data refers to the form's filled-in values.

Appsmith allows you to access all the data on the form by referring to the widget's unique name. To see the data being sent:

  1. Go to the new_post_form, fill in the table with data, and submit it.
  2. Navigate to _New Post > APIs > createpost on the sidebar.
  3. Click the Request tab. You should see the last sent request body and how the data variables previously defined are now substituted with the real values you just entered when you submitted the form.


A create_post request

You've now configured the form's Submit button to call the create_post API when the form is submitted. You can also define the action to take after submission. To do this:

  1. Go to the New Post page and click the gear icon on the Submit button.
  2. Click onSuccess.
  3. Select the action Navigate to.
  4. In the page box, type in All Posts. This means that when the form submission is successful, you want the page to redirect to the All Posts Page.
  5. Test this by filling in the form with data and submitting it. The page should redirect to the All Posts page.
Settings for the Submit button

Delete Records

To demonstrate how to delete a post using the Appsmith tools, go to the All Posts page and add a Delete button to the last column of the post_table:

  1. Click the table's gear icon and click Add a new column.
  2. Rename the column Action.
  3. Click the gear for the new column and change the Column Type to Button. Rename the button label as Delete.
  4. Change the button colour to Red.

Let's define a new API called delete_post.

  1. On the sidebar, under All Posts, create a new API and name it delete_post.
  2. Change the API method to DELETE and paste the URL as https://jsonplaceholder.typicode.com/posts/{{post_table.selectedRow.id}}. {{post_table.selectedRow.id}} refers to the post_table on the All Posts page, while selectedRow.id refers to id of the selected row about to be deleted from the table.
  3. Go back to the post_table settings and click the gear icon for the column Action.
  4. In the onClick section, select the Call an API action from the dropdown and select the delete_post API.
  5. In the onSuccess section, select the action Show message, then type in Post Successfully deleted! in the message box.
  6. Choose Success as the type.
  7. In the onError section, select the action Show message, then type in Failed to delete Post! in the message box.
  8. Choose Error as the type.
The Delete button settings

Clicking the Delete button would send an API request using delete_post and then show the success message.

Of course, the selected post does not really delete since we’re using a fake API. But it does demonstrate how you would configure deletion with a real API on an admin panel.

The delete_post API

Conclusion

You've seen how easy it is to build an application on Appsmith, specifically an admin panel. This guide covered how to create an application and connect it to a database, as well as how to add and delete data. You learned how to build interactive pages, work with widgets, and customize them for your purposes.

Building an admin panel with Appsmith is a fast way to build admin tools. Check it out if you’d like to save your developers time and get internal tools launched faster.


Author Bio: Adeyinka is a software engineer based in Lagos, Nigeria, currently at BriteCore. She loves researching and writing in-depth technical content.

Build Your Admin Panel Without CSS or HTML

An admin panel usually refers to the set of tools available to the administrator of a web application for overseeing the app. The administrator is usually an owner or superuser who has permission to create, edit and delete certain components of a web page normally hidden from a regular user. The admin panel usually provides all the settings and tools used for system administration.

It’s not uncommon for web apps with sophisticated, complex, and beautiful user interfaces to have pretty bland admin panels. This is because the admin panel is hidden from the app's primary users and usually isn’t considered a priority. They’re also not very much fun to build because of the amount of repetitive work that goes into creating one.

In cases like this, developers would benefit from a tool that makes the process of building an admin panel easy without the need to write code. This would of course drastically reduce the amount of time and number of developers needed to work on building the admin panel. This is where Appsmith comes in.

Appsmith is an open-source framework that helps developers build dashboards, workflows, pages, and CRUD apps with little to no code. You can connect to APIs or databases like MongoDB, PostgreSQL, or MYSQL, as well as get access to charts, widgets, and other customization tools for building a UI.

In this article, you’ll learn how to set up Appsmith locally. You’ll create a new application, connect an API to it, and build an example admin panel using widgets and pages.

Getting Started with Appsmith

To begin, you'll need to sign up for Appsmith (it's free!), if you don’t already have an account. You can also deploy a Docker image on a server. For the purposes of this tutorial, you’re going to create a local instance of Appsmith using Docker.

  1. Read the instructions here to set this up for your operating system.
  2. Visit localhost in your browser to see the local version of Appsmith.
  3. Create a local account to log in.
  4. Click Create New to create a new application and name it Posts Admin Panel. This takes you to an empty workspace with a sidebar.
  5. On the sidebar, you should see items like Pages, API, and DB Queries in a folder-like structure. Under Pages, a new page, Page1, already exists. Rename it as All Posts.
Creating an application in Appsmith

Connect to a Data Source

To work with Appsmith, you need a data source. This can be in the form of an API or a database. Appsmith supports MongoDB, MySQL, and PostgreSQL among others.

  1. Make a connection to a database by clicking the plus icon near DB Queries on the sidebar under a page.
  2. Click New Datasource to see a list of different database options.
  3. Select your preferred database option and provide the relevant configuration details required to connect to your database server. As for connecting to APIs from Appsmith, you can hit any REST API endpoint available on the internet.

For the purposes of this guide, we'll connect to a fake API service called JSON Placeholder.

  1. On the sidebar, under All Posts, click on the plus icon near APIs. Click Create New, and you should see a new API page.
  2. On the upper left corner, change the API name from Api1 to all_posts and paste https://jsonplaceholder.typicode.com/posts as the URL.
  3. Click RUN to test run the API. In the Response Body section, you should see some data. This is the data you’ll display on the All Posts page in the coming section.
All Posts API data

Create the First UI View

Go to the previously created page All Posts. On this page, you’ll display a list of posts on a table using the Table Widget.

  1. Add a table to the page by clicking on the plus icon near Widgets.
  2. Drag and drop Table to the page workspace.
  3. Click the gear icon to configure the table.
  4. Change the table name from table1 to post_table.
  5. In the Table Data section, erase the dummy data and paste {{all_posts.data}} into it. This will pull data from the all_posts API you set up in the previous section.

Now you should see all of the posts on the table, with their respective columns and rows. The table comes with filtering, pagination, sorting, and a search bar.

Table with All Posts

Next, add a button that will create a new post. Once the button is clicked, you want it to open a new page that contains a form for creating a new post.

  1. Drag the BUTTON widget to the bottom of the table and label it Add New Post.
  2. Click the gear icon of the button, in the ACTIONS section.
  3. Click the onClick dropdown and choose Navigate to. The Page Name box should appear.
  4. Type in New Post as the page name.
Placing a button under a table in Appsmith


Create the Second UI View

In this section, you’ll create a New Post page.

  1. Create a new page and rename it New Post.
  2. Go back to the All Posts page. You should notice that clicking the Add New Post button takes you to the New Post page. On this page, you’ll create a form that can be used for adding new posts.
  3. Drag the Form widget to the workspace.
  4. Rename the form text Create Post.
  5. Click the gear icon on the form and change the name from form1 to new_post_form.
  6. Add a Text widget and label it User ID:.
  7. Drag the Input widget in front of it and change its name from input1 to user_id.
  8. Set the data type as Number and toggle the Required checkbox as checked.
  9. On the next row, add a Text widget and label it Title:.
  10. Drag the *Input widget in front of it and rename it title.
  11. On the next row, add a Text widget and label it Body:.
  12. Drag the Rich Text Editor widget in front of it and rename it body.
A completed form on Appsmith

CRUD Records in UI

In this section, you'll see how to configure the application to add and delete records using the fake API.

Adding Records

The form has two buttons at the bottom that controls how the form works:

  • Reset clears the form of filled-in data.
  • Submit is meant to handle the submission of the form.

To configure Submit to submit the form data, follow these steps:

  1. Click the gear icon on Submit.
  2. Go to the Actions section.
  3. Select onClick and choose the action Call an API.
  4. Select Create API. This takes you to the API interface.

Define the API that adds posts in this section by doing the following:

  1. Change the API name from Api1 to create_post.
  2. Change the method from GET to POST and paste the URL https://jsonplaceholder.typicode.com/posts.
  3. On the Body tab, define the JSON that will be sent to the fake API:
{
"userId": "{{new_post_form.data.user_id}}",
"title": "{{new_post_form.data.title}}",
"body": "{{new_post_form.data.body}}"
}

In the above sample, new_post_form refers to the form you created in the New Post page, while .data refers to the form's filled-in values.

Appsmith allows you to access all the data on the form by referring to the widget's unique name. To see the data being sent:

  1. Go to the new_post_form, fill in the table with data, and submit it.
  2. Navigate to _New Post > APIs > createpost on the sidebar.
  3. Click the Request tab. You should see the last sent request body and how the data variables previously defined are now substituted with the real values you just entered when you submitted the form.


A create_post request

You've now configured the form's Submit button to call the create_post API when the form is submitted. You can also define the action to take after submission. To do this:

  1. Go to the New Post page and click the gear icon on the Submit button.
  2. Click onSuccess.
  3. Select the action Navigate to.
  4. In the page box, type in All Posts. This means that when the form submission is successful, you want the page to redirect to the All Posts Page.
  5. Test this by filling in the form with data and submitting it. The page should redirect to the All Posts page.
Settings for the Submit button

Delete Records

To demonstrate how to delete a post using the Appsmith tools, go to the All Posts page and add a Delete button to the last column of the post_table:

  1. Click the table's gear icon and click Add a new column.
  2. Rename the column Action.
  3. Click the gear for the new column and change the Column Type to Button. Rename the button label as Delete.
  4. Change the button colour to Red.

Let's define a new API called delete_post.

  1. On the sidebar, under All Posts, create a new API and name it delete_post.
  2. Change the API method to DELETE and paste the URL as https://jsonplaceholder.typicode.com/posts/{{post_table.selectedRow.id}}. {{post_table.selectedRow.id}} refers to the post_table on the All Posts page, while selectedRow.id refers to id of the selected row about to be deleted from the table.
  3. Go back to the post_table settings and click the gear icon for the column Action.
  4. In the onClick section, select the Call an API action from the dropdown and select the delete_post API.
  5. In the onSuccess section, select the action Show message, then type in Post Successfully deleted! in the message box.
  6. Choose Success as the type.
  7. In the onError section, select the action Show message, then type in Failed to delete Post! in the message box.
  8. Choose Error as the type.
The Delete button settings

Clicking the Delete button would send an API request using delete_post and then show the success message.

Of course, the selected post does not really delete since we’re using a fake API. But it does demonstrate how you would configure deletion with a real API on an admin panel.

The delete_post API

Conclusion

You've seen how easy it is to build an application on Appsmith, specifically an admin panel. This guide covered how to create an application and connect it to a database, as well as how to add and delete data. You learned how to build interactive pages, work with widgets, and customize them for your purposes.

Building an admin panel with Appsmith is a fast way to build admin tools. Check it out if you’d like to save your developers time and get internal tools launched faster.


Author Bio: Adeyinka is a software engineer based in Lagos, Nigeria, currently at BriteCore. She loves researching and writing in-depth technical content.

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Build a Payment Link Generator App with Stripe APIs
29
April
2022
Resources

Build a Payment Link Generator App with Stripe APIs

Build a Payment Link Generator App with Stripe APIs
Vihar Kurama
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Stripe is one of the most prominent developer tools for integrating payments into your website or application. The service allows you to start accepting payments from users in 14 countries and 24 currencies, and all this is relatively easy to set up! However, not every business needs a full-fledged website for collecting payments from their customers. In this short tutorial, we'll be building an app on Appsmith that will generate Stripe payment links for you directly from your dashboard. You can create as many payment links as you like and make them available via email. Even if someone doesn't have an Internet connection or uses a computer without a browser installed, they can still take advantage of your services!

Appsmith is an open-source application builder that integrates with custom APIs and databases. It's perfect for building your team's internal tools, admin panels, and dashboards.

Let's dive in!

Setting up Stripe Account

The first step in building a payment link generator is to set up a Stripe account. You can either create a new account or log in if you're an existing user.

Please note that this application is a built-in test mode, which requires additional information about the business to generate payment links. To make it into a fully-functional application, you will need to add additional details regarding your bank and tax information.

Your dashboard will look like this:

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Even in test mode, you will be able to access all the features of Stripe APIs, but this will not be able to make complete transactions from our generated links.

The next step is to make our API requests from Appsmith; we’ll need to copy the secret key that’s available on the main page of the dashboard.

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This secret key lets us access our Stripe account via Bearer Token-based authentication.

In the next section, we'll build s simple UI that lets us generate payment links based on the given customer information and payment price.

Building UI on Appsmith

The first step is to create an account on Appsmith. In this guide, I'll be using the cloud version of Appsmith, but you can always choose to use Appsmith locally or self-host it on your server.

  • Navigate to appsmith.com and sign-up for a new account if you're a new user or login into the existing one.
  • Create a new application under your preferred organization. You'll see an editor with everything you need to build your internal application.
  • As soon as you create a new app, you'll see a canvas with all the details around widgets and data sources on the left sidebar.

Now, click on the widgets tab and drag and drop a container widget on the canvas; this will allow us to group all the widgets in a container. This can be completely customizable; you could add borders, background colours, shadows, and more by opening the property pane.

Inside the container widget, drag and drop a new form widget and add a few input widgets onto the container that lets us collect information for payment links:

  • Product Name
  • Price
  • Quantity
  • Success URL
  • Capture Method

We could also add some additional configuration based on the information that needs to be collected, referring to the Stripe Documentation.

Following is a screenshot of how the UI looks on Appsmith:

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Next, let’s create a new datasource, an API endpoint that’ll create a new Stripe payment link.

  • Click on the + icon next to Datasources from the sidebar
  • Choose API Endpoint and paste the following URL:

https://api.stripe.com/v1/checkout/sessions

  • You can rename this URL by just double-clicking on the existing one; let’s call this stripe-session.
  • Stripe APIs use BEARER token-based authentication; hence, the API expects an Authorization header with a bearer token.
  • Copy the token from the Stripe dashboard and paste it into the header.

Authorization - BEARER <token>

  • Lastly, let’s send the data as a payload using the filling FORM_URLENCODED data since we are collecting all the inputs in a form widget. Alternatively, we could also add the payload in the JSON Body filed.
To bind the data on the API, we’ll need to use the moustache bindings and the input widgets names. Here’s how we can access the data from the price the amount widget:

{{amountInput.text*100}}


Similarly, we add all the required fields on the payload to create a new session. Here’s a screenshot of what the payload looks like:

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Our API is now ready; let’s add one more input widget, generating a Stripe Session link (the payment link) for use with the data passed through our input widgets.

Here’s what we’ll need to bind the response from the API endpoint; we can do this by binding the following:

​​{{stripe_Session.data.url}}


The .data property on an API request will return the response from the API endpoint; here, we’ve accessed the URL field, which is essentially the payment link.

If you open this URL, you’ll see a new Stripe session with the amount and details you’ve entered on the form.

Here’s a recording of how this works:

If you’re interested in using a database not listed on our website as an integration, please let us know about it by raising a PR on Github, and we will do our best to include it at the earliest.

Join our growing community on Discord, and follow us on Youtube and Twitter to stay up to date.

March Round-up: Templates, JSON Form, and More Product Updates
7
April
2022
Monthly Round-up

March Round-up: Templates, JSON Form, and More Product Updates

March Round-up: Templates, JSON Form, and More Product Updates
Vihar Kurama
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If you’ve followed Appsmith for a while, you know that we can do a lot in 30 days!

I am here to give you all the deets; follow along!

A Headstart for Your Apps!

We’re launching templates! Our ready-made apps are easy to use, forkable, and are bound to give you a little nudge in the right direction. Directly connect your datasource and get customizing!

The Appsmith templates library will be an ever-growing forkable collection of pre-made applications. These apps span across use-cases that will speed up onboarding for new users and makes application development faster.

You can access templates on our website and inside your Appsmith dashboard.

Read the full announcement here.

All-New JSON Form Widget

We’ve just launched the JSON Form Widget, one of our most requested features. It’s live on the cloud app and will be live on the self-hosted app very soon. The JSON form widget is helpful for quickly generating (dynamic or otherwise) forms from JSON fields from queries, APIs, or JS Objects. Check out the documentation for more details.

Here's a short video on how you can generate a form from a table:

Read the full announcement here.

Promises in the Table Buttons

The table widget is one of the most used widgets on Appsmith; it gives the ability to convert column data into different data types, including buttons! With this, developers can add different actions on the onClick property of the button, for example, redirections, showing modals, running queries, etc. Appsmith supports JS throughout the platform using the moustache syntax, but using JS promises to execute actions in the sequence was limited. But now, we got you covered; the Table Button (columns that are set button type) also supports the async-await functions. All triggers are wrapped in a promise, so any missed error will result in an uncaught promise error.

Here’s a simple snippet that can be used in the table button’s onClick property to run a query and then show an alert:


{{
  (function() {
        // the .then will not run if the promise is not returned
        return MockApi.run()
            .then(() => showAlert('success'))
    })()
}}


New JS Powers to Icon Button Widget

Using JavaScript, we can dynamically add and choose icons in the icon button widget. This will allow developers to customize their applications based on conditions, actions, etc. Here’s a simple example: if you’re adding different links to an icon button widget, it can be super handy. You can update the button icon based on the URL – Google Icon when the icon button redirects to a google page, GitHub icon when the icon button redirects to a GitHub page, etc.

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Not just that, you could also replace the close buttons on the modal with the Icon Button widget for more customization.

Product Updates

Updated Shortcuts for Ease

To create new queries on Appsmith using keyboard shortcuts, you’ll need to use Command/Control + Plus; previously, this was Option + Shift + N. To learn more about all the shortcuts on the platform, you can use Shift + ?.

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Smart Substitution for known MongoDB Datatypes

Smart substitution handling helps users use MongoDB types like ObjectId or ISODate inside the quotes, and the query works correctly with MongoDB. With this, you can focus more on the logic than worrying about the request data. You can toggle this feature on and off on the query settings page:

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Following are the MongoDB types that can be handled:

  • ObjectId
  • ISODate
  • NumberLong
  • NumberDecimal
  • Timestamp
Email Notifications on Comments

Several developer teams love the commenting feature on Appsmith when building internal applications together. We've added that the comment author's email is set as the comment notification email to make it more fantastic. You can update these details from the settings page.

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New Collaborations, Technical Content, Videos & Tutorials

Last month was crazy for us; we’ve published a couple of new blog posts and have successfully hosted four live events!

  • We’ve written an in-depth tutorial on how you can dynamically generate PDF reports from Appsmith using n8n and APISheet. Note that this can also be done by using REST APIs from APISheet.
  • Confidence, our Developer Advocate, made a few guides on using the select widget, adding search for table widget, and using a debugger on Appsmith. Do check them out :)
  • We also created a very cool interview with our engineers Ashok and Rahul on how they’ve built a react library to improve the drag and drop experience on Appsmtth. Watch it here.
  • Not just these, we also pulled out an awesome How Do I Do X on Appsmith (#2) session in our community where we discussed how you could use Pagination, do bulk uploads, and some cool hacks appsmith framework. Watch it here.

If you're curious about what we were up to, look no further and follow this link.

If you’re interested in using a database not listed on our website as an integration, please let us know about it by raising a PR on Github, and we will do our best to include it at the earliest.

Join our growing community on Discord, and follow us on Youtube and Twitter to stay up to date.

Introducing JSON Forms in Appsmith
21
April
2022
Announcement

Introducing JSON Forms in Appsmith

Introducing JSON Forms in Appsmith
Somangshu Goswami
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Forms are a core part of most internal tools since its one of the major ways in which data is created or updated. Today, we're introducing the JSON Form Widget (documentation), which allows for a fantastic form creation experience and has been one of our top requested features.

The JSON form widget is helpful for quickly generating (dynamic or otherwise) forms from JSON fields.

Here are some highlights of this widget:

Generate Forms from Database Queries, APIs, or JS Objects

Once you drag a new JSON form widget, you will see a default form rendered with some details. You can update the source data field to infer data and then generate the form. This can be bound to any query or variable containing JSON data, such as DB queries, APIs, or JS Objects. The JSON Form widget can be bound to any other widget in Appsmith as well.

Auto Generate Form When Your Data Changes

The form fields are generated according to the source data when you enable an auto-generated form. Fields are generated according to the key-value pairs in the source data. Whenever there is a change in the source data, the form fields get updated automatically.

Configure Fields As You See Fit

Field configuration shows all the fields generated automatically in the forms. You can edit the fields to tweak properties like the field type and default value and bind specific actions by using editable properties. Most fields use the underlying data type-specific widget's properties to allow a full level of customization just like the widget would. For example, if the input type is text input, the editable properties are similar to the input widget in Appsmith.

  • Array Fields allows you to add, remove, and update a group of fields together.
  • Object Fields allow you to group fields together.
  • Add New Field, disable invalid forms (and control them further with JS), and control a widget's visibility on the app page to create highly customized dynamic forms.

Some of the ways that we've seen our users use the JSON form are:

  • Customer service executives select a form template and customize it for a customer. This is stored in a database and then sent over to the customer.
  • Users can create dynamic sign-up forms, as having both the Sign-in and Sign-up forms on the same page. Conditional switching between forms is effortless because you don't need to create two forms; you only need to change the JSON data.
  • Marketing teams are using the JSON form to create personalised form-based campaigns and much more!
Note: It’s live on the cloud app and will be live on the self-hosted version very soon.

Want to explore the JSON Form in detail? Head over to the JSON Form documentation page to learn more.

What’s a Rich Text element?

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The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

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The rich text element allows you to create and format

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Static and dynamic content editing

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A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

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