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Making apps just got simpler πŸ”₯

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Did you know that you can makes apps using spreadsheets?
Well now you can 😎
Glide App
Every app in the world is powered by data the most popular tool to manage data is the spreadsheet and so glide uses the power of spreadsheets to help you make apps.

A glide app lives on the web and can be accessed simply via a link this makes them much easier to share and update than a traditional app store app, we can start with a template from the glide gallery or we can make an app from a spreadsheet we already own, if we start with a template we'll get a copy of this app in our Glide account plus a copy of the Google sheet in our Drive now we can customize your app and add your own data in the sheet if we already have a spreadsheet with data.

We can generate a basic app as a starting point and then start to customize the way at data appears we're gonna go over the fundamentals of glide in this post but you can read and watch much more at Glide library.

Organizing your spreadsheet

How to set up your spreadsheet properly to make sure Glide recognizes the data correctly.

Before creating a Glide app, you should have a basic Google spreadsheet document containing the rows of data you'd like to display in your app.

Type sheet.new into your browser's address bar to create a new Google Sheet. Clever!

The first row should be column names. For example, if you're making an Employee Directory app, your first row could contain column names like Name, Title, Email, Phone, and Photoβ€”these are the properties that each of your employees has:
image-spreadsheet

After the first row, every following row should have values in each of those columns; every employee has their own Name, Title, Email, Phone, and Photo. It's okay to leave cells empty if, for example, an employee doesn't have a phone number.

Glide is picky about how it reads your spreadsheet. If you have cells separated by entirely empty columns, Glide may not see them.

Now you're ready to make your first app!

Creating your first app

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