June Round-up: Fuzzy Search, Backup and Restore, More Product Updates

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It's been an eventful month here at Appsmith! We raised a Series B led by Insight Partners with participation from Accel and Cannan Partners. The round will help us improve our open source project and make it easier for large companies to adopt Appsmith. We're excited to have such strong partners on board as we continue our mission to make it easy for anyone to build and deploy internal applications. Stay tuned for more updates in the coming months!

Not just that, we've shipped a lot of features over the past month, so let's go through them.

New Features

Fuzzy Search for Widgets!

With so many options, it can be tricky to find the right widget for your needs can be tricky. We've got you covered! Fuzzy Search is an easy way navigation through all of our widgets by typing in keywords or phrases that match what exactly need to be done.

For example, say you have a typo while searching a specific widget. We'll make your search experience enjoyable by showing you the right results without hassle. Or say, if you're looking to find different input widgets that can help in your data collection process, just type an idea related to data input, and we'll show you all of the widgets that are likely to be needed on this project!

Easy Backup and Restore

Are you self-hosting Appsmith? Want to back up your data? Or are you recovering from an old backup? No worries! We just added two new commands that you can use from CLI that make it easy as pie.

For backup use:


appsmithctl backup

To restore use:


appsmithctl restore

Spellcheck for Rich Text Editor

The rich text editor's new superpowers will help you type quicker, with fewer errors. Yes! We've added a spell checker that enables you to catch any typos on your way no matter where you are or how busy things get. Just hit the CTRL and right-click on the typo; you should see the corrections.

Spell Check Image.png

Connection Pooling for MS SQL

We now introduce a connection pool for the Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL), where we allow multiple connections per datasource (up to 5). So if five queries need to run on page load, they can all pick their connection and get executed simultaneously.

Previously, if multiple queries were to run together, they would be sequentially queued. And if the first query took a lot of time to execute, the second query would time out even before it got sent because it starved for a connection.

Generate New Page now Uses JSON Forms

The new Generate New Page feature makes it easier to customize your app! JSON forms now power the CRUD Apps, so you can change just one setting without editing individual form elements.

Product Updates

Better App Editing Experience

We know sometimes it’s hard for you to select a widget you need. We improved the experience by introducing a couple of changes:

  • Focus on the first property whenever we click on the widget.
  • When we add or paste a new widget, focus on the widget name. (it should be editable only if we press Space or Enter; otherwise, it will be hard to other operations like delete, copy, paste, etc.,)
Added more styles to Checkbox and Switch Widget

Checkbox and Switch Widget support more styles out of the box. The new options include text position, alignment label, and color size font style!

Added Deprecation warning to old widgets

With this update, we're adding a warning to all the widgets going out of date. If you want you're running on a self-hosted version, you can show these Deprecation messages on their widgets; just add "deprecated: true" in the config file.

Theming for CRUD Templates and JSON Form Templates

Theming is now supported for CRUD apps and JSON Forms. This will allow developers to create and customize forms more efficiently in a few clicks.

Fixed Cyclic Dependency Errors

We fixed cycles in dependency error messages when changing or updating widgets' names and other bugs that made them behave incorrectly.

Update Organization URL Slug

When the organization name is updated, the slug is not updated. This generates an outdated URL when the user clicks on an organization name from the left panel. This PR changes the following behaviors.

  • The Organization slug will no longer be unique.
  • Link to organization applications will be based on the organization id instead of the slug.
  • The organization slug will be updated whenever there is a change in the organization name.
  • All the existing organization slugs will be updated.

Collaborations, Technical Content, Videos & Tutorials

June was an excellent month for the community, with many folks collaborating on exciting new projects and maintaining their current work. We documented many user queries on our forum that will help guide future development decisions.

  • These questions can be found on our Community website (community.appsmith.com) under the appsmith-support tag.
  • We've done an awesome How Do I Do X Session with our engineers Trisha and Nidhi on JS Promises, onPageLoad Actions, and Prepared Statements. Watch the stream here.
  • The engineers behind the scenes are constantly working on something new and exciting. They just shipped an excellent feature - Version Control with Git! Watch as they describe its function, explain how it was built with examples in no time, and most importantly, show you some cool tricks using this powerful tool yourself!"
  • We've partnered with a few friends from MariaDB to build an easy-to-use reservations tool. You have to input your desired date and time, then let the system take care of everything else. Watch the stream 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 by raising a PR on Github, and we will do our best to include it at the earliest opportunity.

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

June Round-up: Fuzzy Search, Backup and Restore, More Product Updates

It's been an eventful month here at Appsmith! We raised a Series B led by Insight Partners with participation from Accel and Cannan Partners. The round will help us improve our open source project and make it easier for large companies to adopt Appsmith. We're excited to have such strong partners on board as we continue our mission to make it easy for anyone to build and deploy internal applications. Stay tuned for more updates in the coming months!

Not just that, we've shipped a lot of features over the past month, so let's go through them.

New Features

Fuzzy Search for Widgets!

With so many options, it can be tricky to find the right widget for your needs can be tricky. We've got you covered! Fuzzy Search is an easy way navigation through all of our widgets by typing in keywords or phrases that match what exactly need to be done.

For example, say you have a typo while searching a specific widget. We'll make your search experience enjoyable by showing you the right results without hassle. Or say, if you're looking to find different input widgets that can help in your data collection process, just type an idea related to data input, and we'll show you all of the widgets that are likely to be needed on this project!

Easy Backup and Restore

Are you self-hosting Appsmith? Want to back up your data? Or are you recovering from an old backup? No worries! We just added two new commands that you can use from CLI that make it easy as pie.

For backup use:


appsmithctl backup

To restore use:


appsmithctl restore

Spellcheck for Rich Text Editor

The rich text editor's new superpowers will help you type quicker, with fewer errors. Yes! We've added a spell checker that enables you to catch any typos on your way no matter where you are or how busy things get. Just hit the CTRL and right-click on the typo; you should see the corrections.

Spell Check Image.png

Connection Pooling for MS SQL

We now introduce a connection pool for the Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL), where we allow multiple connections per datasource (up to 5). So if five queries need to run on page load, they can all pick their connection and get executed simultaneously.

Previously, if multiple queries were to run together, they would be sequentially queued. And if the first query took a lot of time to execute, the second query would time out even before it got sent because it starved for a connection.

Generate New Page now Uses JSON Forms

The new Generate New Page feature makes it easier to customize your app! JSON forms now power the CRUD Apps, so you can change just one setting without editing individual form elements.

Product Updates

Better App Editing Experience

We know sometimes it’s hard for you to select a widget you need. We improved the experience by introducing a couple of changes:

  • Focus on the first property whenever we click on the widget.
  • When we add or paste a new widget, focus on the widget name. (it should be editable only if we press Space or Enter; otherwise, it will be hard to other operations like delete, copy, paste, etc.,)
Added more styles to Checkbox and Switch Widget

Checkbox and Switch Widget support more styles out of the box. The new options include text position, alignment label, and color size font style!

Added Deprecation warning to old widgets

With this update, we're adding a warning to all the widgets going out of date. If you want you're running on a self-hosted version, you can show these Deprecation messages on their widgets; just add "deprecated: true" in the config file.

Theming for CRUD Templates and JSON Form Templates

Theming is now supported for CRUD apps and JSON Forms. This will allow developers to create and customize forms more efficiently in a few clicks.

Fixed Cyclic Dependency Errors

We fixed cycles in dependency error messages when changing or updating widgets' names and other bugs that made them behave incorrectly.

Update Organization URL Slug

When the organization name is updated, the slug is not updated. This generates an outdated URL when the user clicks on an organization name from the left panel. This PR changes the following behaviors.

  • The Organization slug will no longer be unique.
  • Link to organization applications will be based on the organization id instead of the slug.
  • The organization slug will be updated whenever there is a change in the organization name.
  • All the existing organization slugs will be updated.

Collaborations, Technical Content, Videos & Tutorials

June was an excellent month for the community, with many folks collaborating on exciting new projects and maintaining their current work. We documented many user queries on our forum that will help guide future development decisions.

  • These questions can be found on our Community website (community.appsmith.com) under the appsmith-support tag.
  • We've done an awesome How Do I Do X Session with our engineers Trisha and Nidhi on JS Promises, onPageLoad Actions, and Prepared Statements. Watch the stream here.
  • The engineers behind the scenes are constantly working on something new and exciting. They just shipped an excellent feature - Version Control with Git! Watch as they describe its function, explain how it was built with examples in no time, and most importantly, show you some cool tricks using this powerful tool yourself!"
  • We've partnered with a few friends from MariaDB to build an easy-to-use reservations tool. You have to input your desired date and time, then let the system take care of everything else. Watch the stream 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 by raising a PR on Github, and we will do our best to include it at the earliest opportunity.

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

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Inline editing in the table widget, integration with Airtable, and more
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Inline editing in the table widget, integration with Airtable, and more

Inline editing in the table widget, integration with Airtable, and more
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In July, we squashed 102 of the peskiest bugs and shipped 34 top requested features over and above under-the-hood performance and usability improvements. There’s a new table widget that’s so much more powerful, an Airtable integration, and cleaner Google Sheets queries with 178 commits in 22 days just for that enhancement alone! You can tell we have got our ears close to you. Keep it coming, guys. We love it all, and we are always listening.

#BigThings

The swanky new table widget

Fact: Just 25% of you tell us who you are and how you use Appsmith. We are okay with that. We respect your privacy.
Assertion: Our usage numbers should be 4X more.
Inference: When we say the Table widget, ever since we launched it, has been used a crazy 820,000 times by 6,840 users, we actually mean it's been used a lot more and is second only to the Button.
Takeaway: Give it more love.

Introducing the new Table widget

Everything you asked for from the table and more is packed into this massive update. Here’s three that should make you sit up.

  • With inline editing, you can now forget about writing queries to edit data by cell, row, or column. You just get your data into the table and edit on the screen. We heavylift the queries, updating the database, and making sure it sticks–all behind the scenes. Clicksaver? Lifesaver? Timesaver? All three and more? We think so, too.
  • You know how you have always wanted to refer to custom column names more naturally than typing customColumn1, customColumn2, and so on in your queries? Yep. Done. No matter what the name of your column, reference away just as naturally as you name them.
  • Themes have been making apps pretty for a while, but Tables stayed rebelliously aloof from that prettiness. We have now made them fall in line with Themes, so if you want shades of blue and Roboto, you got it in Tables, too.

There’s a whole lot more that you are going to have to see for yourself.

Airtable integration, out in the sun

Our Airtable integration gave UI facelifts to the low-code datasource. It is now out of beta, ready for its moment in the sun.

Connect with a Airtable base in two minutes, and start building your apps without worrying about complex data workflows.

 

Auto-indent here to make a dent

On our latest version? Tried the JavaScript editor yet? No? Do that now and you don’t have to read on anymore. 

Oh, okay. You are still here. Fine. We will show you.

Automatically pretty code is pretty cool, huh? More about it here.

#UpdateThings

“Hide Error Messages, Hide”

Infuriating little things, error messages, that bring up existential questions, right? And when they showed up all the time, they got us to, “Frustrating!”. They don’t anymore, only showing up when a widget is visible and clicked.

“How much to upgrade?”

Got your Appsmithing going, but a paid feature’s in your way? Fret not, self-hoster. We got your back with a command-line feature that estimates your usage in thirty seconds. Click this and all shall be revealed.

Run any Appsmith branch locally

With something like ./scripts/local_testing.sh chore/local-testing, running any branch as a FAT container is a breeze. Make sure Docker’s installed and running, port 80 is open, and you add arguments if you don’t want to run the release branch.

Errors, alerts, and logs

Two new modules, logger.js and mailer.js now store backup errors and alert you to them—helpful to get you on top of the error and aid find-and-fix.

While logger.js is on by default, mailer.js needs appsmithctl backup --error-mail to get humming.

Just two of the many, many ways we got your back(up).

Moving Google Sheets to UQI 

Google Sheets is a popular data source. We didn’t dig up numbers, but you can take out word for it. UQI stands for Unified Query Interface and affords standardization for queries. Made sense to get queries to Sheets working better and looking neater, too.

#AsAlwaysThings

If wishes were fishes, round-ups would be essays. Wishes aren’t fishes. So, head over to v1.7.9 if you closed our Release Notes in-app pop-up one of four different ways—yeah, we are fixing it—and see What Happened In July Appsmith style.

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Track and manage bugs effectively using Appsmith and Airtable
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August
2022
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Track and manage bugs effectively using Appsmith and Airtable

Track and manage bugs effectively using Appsmith and Airtable
Vidushi Gupta
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Airtable is a popular choice for developers who want to manage tabular data easily. While it's easy to use Airtable as a backend, it can be challenging to build a custom UI from scratch. This is where Appsmith comes in. With Appsmith's native Airtable integration, you can create dashboards, CRUD apps, and internal tools in minutes.

In this tutorial, we'll use an Airtable base to build an issue tracker. We'll start by creating a database in Airtable and then importing our data into Appsmith and building on top of it using JavaScript. 

With this application, users can:

  • Connect to their Airtable base.
  • Add a new bug/issue
  • Update the existing issue
  • View the current bugs in the management tool.

Let's jump in!

Step 1:  Getting started

Create a new Appsmith App 

First, we need to create a new application in Appsmith so we can build it out.

  • Visit https://www.appsmith.com to create a new account or login in to an existing one.
  • Create a new application in your preferred organization and edit it.

Connect to Airtable

Now, we need to add your Airtable datasource to the app. In this case, we will clone an existing Airtable sample to provide our data. 

  • Create a new datasource by clicking ‘+’ on the Datasources tab from the entity explorer and then select Airtable.

  • Rename the datasource. Select API Key as the Authentication Type and enter your API Key in the input field. Hit Save.

  • Choose a workspace and a base in the dialog box and hit 'Create Table.'
  • Go to https://airtable.com/api and select the base titled 'All bugs and issues'
  • In the 'Introduction' section of the documentation, copy the Base ID (highlighted in green in the picture below)

  • Select the "Bugs and issues Table" on the left pane. Copy the table name highlighted in green in the image below.

Step 2 : Set up UI for the App

Wireframe

Here is the wireframe for what we are trying to create.

Including the modal that is used to add new bugs.

Create your widgets

Using the wireframe as a guide, create the UI for the application using the drag and drop editor. Here is a suggested process.

  • Choose a preferred theme from the Theme properties option in the property pane on the right.
  • Add a container widget with a text widget for your app's header.
  • Three (or as many as you like) stats boxes on the canvas to display essential statistics at a glance.
  • A container with a text, icon button, and list widget for showing a list of all the issues.
  • A container with text, button, select and list widgets for showing details of the selected issues.
  • A modal with a text, icon button, and JSON form widgets for adding a new bug entry.

Step 3 : Binding data on widgets

Listing records on the List widget

The list of bugs/issues should look something like this. In order to populate the data, create a new query and bind the results to the text.

  • Create a new query from the left pane which uses the Airtable datasource you created in the first step. Rename the query to getBase and choose the Commands to be List records. We chose this command because we would like to list all the bugs and issues in our app. Enter the Base ID and Table Name you copied in the steps above. 
  • Hit Run and you should see a JSON response generated which lists the records. 
  • To bind this response to the list widget, we would first create a JSObject that maps the fields from the records. Create a new JSObject and paste in the following snippet.

getAirTableFields: () => {
  return getBase.data.records.map((record) => {
    let row = record.fields;
    row["id"] = record.id;
    return row;
  });
};


  • In this JSObject, we get the response from the GetBase query, map the fields, and get the id for every row in the table. 
  • Bind the list with this data using  {{JSObject1.getAirTableFields()}}
  • For getting the bug name and the source, bind the text widgets within the list with {{currentItem.Name}} and {{currentItem.Bug_source}} respectively.

Getting details of the selected bug

When we click on an item from the list, we should populate the view container with details of the selected issue


  • In order to get details about the selected bug on the container placed on the right, we would just use the {{List.selectedItem.attribute}} for all the details you wish to display. For example, The bug title can be displayed using {{List1.selectedItem.Name}}, for Associated features write {{List1.selectedItem.Associated_features}}, For priority write {{List1.selectedItem.Priority}}. So on and so forth. 
  • For a closed/open bug field, use the ternary format to display the status. {{List1.selectedItem.Closed == '1'? "Closed": "Open"}}
  • To bind the attachments for the selected bug, write {{List1.selectedItem['Attachments']}} to bind data on the list widget in the right container. 
  • Just like binding the bug details, in the image widget enter {{currentItem.url}} in the property pane to display the image attached
  • Use {{currentItem.filename}} and {{currentItem.type}} to display the file name and type on the text widget.

Displaying statistics on the statsboxes

These statsboxes should help display important information at a glance from this database. As the number of issues grows, this will give us a quick understanding of the status.

  • In order to populate the statsboxes with statistics, we would create a JSObject function that maps to fields and then to Priority within the same JSON response and check if the value is High, meaning the priority is set to high. What we get in the response is our desired statistic. 

highPriority: () => {
  const high = getBase.data.records.map((record) => record.fields.Priority);
  return high.filter((currentItem) => currentItem == "High").length;
};

  • Bind this output in the text widget using {{JSObject1.highPriority()}}
  • In the very same manner, write a function and bind the output for the number of bugs labeled open and critical

Adding a new Bug/Issue

When clicking the button to add an issue, a modal appears with a form that creates a new entry. It looks like this:

  • Set the Modal to open on onClick of the icon button on the top right corner of the container on the left. 

  • Populate the JSON Form with source data by pasting the following.

{
"fields": { 
    "Bug Title": "",
    "Priority": "",
    "Assigned To":"",
    "Status": "",
    "Screenshots": [
      {
        "URL": ""
      }
    ],
    "Bug Description": "",
    "Bug Source": "",
    "Features Associated": "",
    "Created by": ""
}
}


You can customize the field configuration as per your requirement. Here’s what the JSON Form looks like https://www.loom.com/share/1087b1e8932846feaf3dd03e8b3bb780

  • To insert a new record, we’ll write a new query. 
    Create a new query and name it as InsertQuery. Choose the command to be Create Records. Add in your Base ID and Table Name. For the Records, bind the form data from the JSON form for every field. 

[
  {
    "fields": {
      "Name": "{{JSONForm1.formData.fields['Bug Title']}}",
      "Priority": "{{JSONForm1.formData.fields['Priority']}}",
      "Status": "{{JSONForm1.formData.fields['Status']}}",
      "Attachments": [
        {
          "url": "{{JSONForm1.formData.fields.Screenshots[0].URL}}"
        }
      ],
      "Assigned_to": "{{JSONForm1.formData.fields['Assigned To']}}",
      "Description": "{{JSONForm1.formData.fields['Bug Description']}}",
      "Bug_source": "{{JSONForm1.formData.fields['Bug Source']}}",
      "Associated_features": "{{JSONForm1.formData.fields['Features Associated']}}",
      "Created_by": "{{JSONForm1.formData.fields['Created by']}}"
    }
  }
]

  • We’ll make a new JSObject function to run multiple queries when the Add Bug button is clicked in the form

addBug: async () => {
  InsertQuery.run();
  getBase.run();
  closeModal("Modal2");
};
  • Now bind this function on onClick of the Add Bug button in the JSON Form.

Update fields of a bug

This query/button can help update the details of the bug. In this case, we update the priority and statuses. 

To update the priority and status of a selected bug, an Update Records query would be used. 

  • Create a new query and rename it as updateQuery. Choose the command to be Update Records and enter your BaseID and Table Name. In the records field, paste the following to get the selectedOptionValue of the select widgets

[
    {
      "id": {{List2.selectedItem.id}},
      "fields": {  
        "Priority": {{Select1.selectedOptionValue}},
        "Status":{{Select2.selectedOptionValue}}
      }
    }
]

  • Now, bind this query to run on onClick of the update button.

Final thoughts

And that’s it! You have your bug tracker application ready using Appsmith’s native Airtable integration 🎉

First, you created a new Appsmith application and connected it to Airtable. Then you created the UI for your app using the drag and drop tools in Appsmith. Finally, you tied the data from Airtable to the UI widgets. Your final app should look similar to this:

Please use this form to contact us if you have any template requests for internal tools that you need, and we will get to work! 

If you have any questions, contact us on Discord. You can also keep up with us on Twitter and YouTube.

Build Custom UI on top of Airtable data
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July
2022
Announcement

Build Custom UI on top of Airtable data

Build Custom UI on top of Airtable data
Rishabh Kaul
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Today, our integration with Airtable comes out of beta and is available for everyone 🎉! You can now build custom UIs and interact with applications built on Airtable, with minimal configuration.

While it is possible to use the default API interface to connect to Airtable, we wanted to make it easier for you to directly connect your Airtable account and create applications faster than ever. This new data connector introduces a number of features:

  • Integration located in the “Datasources” section
  • Connect to your Airtable account with either an API Key or a Bearer Token (OAuth 2.0)
  • Create queries to fetch, create, retrieve, update and delete data from a datasource using the Appsmith query editor. 
  • List command lets you display all the data from Airtable, and can also present data that has been filtered and sorted based on fields, records, time zones, etc. 

For details and information on how to use this new integration (with videos!), check out our Airtable documentation here. See it in action on our full tutorial here, where we build an issue tracker with Airtable as backend. As always, let us know what you think!

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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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