After reading this article you’ll know:
The main platform’s features and characteristics
How to apply these while building your application
Additional tools and templates that help facilitate your experience
As a low-coding platform, Betty Blocks provides essential features and tools for citizen developers to be able to build different types of applications. The core functionality consists of the page builder (or pages), data model, actions, tools, and the block store.
When you start building an application, it is up to you to decide where you want to begin from. One way is to create a front-end carcass (user interface) using the page builder in the first place before mapping out how you want to structure your data; or if your feel like setting data configuration first, go ahead with data modeling, it is also a good idea to start with it in some cases.
Sometimes users might look for even simpler solutions while creating their applications. For instance, one needs a rather typical task management application to set up for their company. For these cases, we’ve developed a bunch of templates with a ready-to-use functionality that some might find really handy and useful.
To make sure you are aware of the key features, let’s take a short guide into the core functionalities of the Betty Blocks platform.
The page builder is used to design the user interface of your application. New pages are designed using various components, one can drag and drop them onto the page canvas to construct the application’s layouts, add navigation, various data components, buttons, forms, etc. Citizen developers can choose the pre-defined page templates or use a blank page and start designing from scratch. In the process of building your application, you can always use the preview option to compile the front end and rebuild it as required.
Find out more about the page builder and its elements here.
The data model is a visual simplified representation of information stored in an application and its underlying database. It consists of:
Models that represent a visual design for real-world objects that can be uniquely identified.
Properties describe the specifications of one object within a data model. For example, if a data model contains information about users of a website, they will probably have such properties as: ‘First name’, ‘Last name’, ‘Email address’, etc.
Relations are connections between models. For instance, ‘Customers’ and ‘Orders’ are related models.
Schema overview of the login flow data model showing its models with properties and relations between them.
More information about data models can be found in this article.
Actions are made to provide logic in an application. This logic is executed after a certain event called a trigger. For example, a user can trigger a certain order of events by clicking a button.
You can create your own workflow in the action builder by adding action steps.
Action steps will serve as a logical construction as the events will be executed on conditions that you set yourself. Within the Betty Blocks platform, actions are built using a visual interface instead of traditional programming. You can quickly build and process easily complex logic into your application. Actions are initiated due to an event that triggers an action. This can be done automatically (after creation) or manually via buttons.
Block store is the ultimate storage of block components one can install to the application in order to extend its functionality. It can be employed to share and reuse page components, data sources, action steps (functions), and themes.
Learn more about the block store here.
Tools are available for extending and customization of your application. These are, for example, the translation tool for providing translation capabilities; logs for tracking errors, warnings, and action events; public files, used for storing some important files for being reused, like the company’s logo,
Discover more about tools in this section of the documentation.
Also, if you want to find out more about Betty Blocks' most important features, take a quick interactive tour. You can find it on any application's dashboard.