What is App Maker
App Maker provides a ‘low code’ way to create professional looking G Suite custom apps without having to try too hard. You can drag and drop widgets on a form canvas, bind data from a spreadsheet or a database to fields in your app, and create a user experience leveraging the best of Google’s material design approach. It introduces a new built-in datastore, and of course the capability to connect to external databases and APIS. It really is nicely put together, and it is fairly straightforward to create something really impressive.
Previous deprecated capabilities
Coding as a last resort
App Maker enables anyone to make beautiful apps with a consistent look and feel, without needing to know those things. Scripting is of course available too, but it’s the last resort, rather than the first.
To be honest, I’ve never been a huge fan of ‘apps to design apps’ – think of the form designer in Excel, or the kind of apps that can be designed using Microsoft Access. They miss out the vital learning curve behind how your app was constructed and therefore how it can be modified or extended. My first impressions of App Maker are that although it is ‘low code’, you do build up an understanding of what’s going on, and the artefacts it creates are relatable to what’s being built. In this respect I really do think App Maker is a game changer for G Suite.