Welcome to the Betty Blocks essential path where we focus on the basics of the platform. This path will navigate you through the key topics that you may find handy while building your first application.
Some might use this guide as an addition to the video course following step-by-step configurations or returning to some specific points within the path; others can just look for some essential practices for creating an application here and go through sections in whatever order they prefer.
Let’s break down the material into chapters so that you can easily find your way.
The first thing we do in the essential path is create our application and make sure the initial environment is set up for grand adventures. This article opens up the list of documents to get familiar with the modules, tools and features Betty Blocks has to offer.
Discover the user dashboard segments and create an application.
A starting point to learn about core functionality modules.
Accessing various modules and tools in the platform.
Find out what application templates are and how to start using them.
This template enables you to create an application with login, registration, and password reset options.
A glossary of terms to comprehend some important notions that you can come across while building your application.
In this part of the path, you create and design your pages: home, overview, create, and detail. Adding components and navigation, as well as page stylization, picking up fonts, etc. are explained here.
This article explains how to use the page’s quick menu.
Navigating through the page builder.
Creating a new page from scratch or using a page template is explained.
Use the extensive set of blocks to build the user interface.
This article describes the default component set the platform has to offer and gives an overview of each section of the components.
Learn about the positioning of elements on your page and their layout.
A brief explanation of the page layer structure and hierarchy.
Find out how to turn components into partials and reuse them on different pages.
Start building a new full-height page with the pre-created header, body, and footer.
Adjust the styling of your page by adding a logo and designing the look of the navigation bar.
Customize your application’s look: color scheme, fonts, icon sizing, etc.
An application's data is defined and stored in its data model. After creating the design of our application, we now know what kind of data is to be collected. A data model consists of multiple models, properties, and their connections (relations) that you are going to work with.
Models, their properties, and relations are explained within this article.
An overview of different buttons and icons you are going to use while building your data model.
Learn how to build and set up your first data model.
Find out how to add properties to a model, change their settings and manage them.
Use the schema view and build the relations between your models
This article explains how to provide access to the information in your application and add new roles
Need more information on data modeling? Visit Betty Block's data model documentation to find some references and best practices.
Page builder functionalities
Now that you have set up a design and data model for your application, it is time to add some functionalities that will connect your design and data to make the front end of your application smooth. This chapter contains articles on working with data tables, forms, and various components within the page builder. Enabling data filtering and interactions is also explained here.
An example of how you can display data using a data component in the page builder.
Learn how filters work and how to filter your data on the page
This article explains how to set component interactions to enable the content to change dynamically
In order to learn more about the page builder and components functionalities, go to the page builder reference section in the documents.
In the essential path, we make the functional pages more dynamic by adding logic in the form of actions. Build your own action flow by adding action steps, each handling its own functionality. These steps will serve the logical construction and will be executed on conditions that you set yourself. In this course, we are creating our own CRUD, condition, and loop steps to make sure the handling of our data becomes more secure.
An introduction article to discover the basic elements and features of the actions segment.
Create an action flow in your application.
Learn about the kinds of action steps and how to apply them.
The article gives the idea of what variables are and in which scope they can be used.
To conclude the essential path, we will finalize the environment we built our application in and make sure it's usable for people we invite to the application's front end. Next to that, we go over some extra tips that will help you adjust the settings of your application and give you some ideas on how sandboxes work. Working in a sandbox allows you to build in a safer way, without losing progress.
Regulate the settings of your application: options, invitations, hostnames, mail, etc.
A copy of your application in which you can make changes without making these changes directly in your live application.
Learn how to create and manage sandboxes.