Build a Project Tracking App with AppSheet

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Build a Project Tracking App with AppSheet

1 hour 1 Credit


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AppSheet is a no-code development platform that lets anyone without coding experience build mobile and web applications. You can build AppSheet apps from data sources, such as Google Sheets, Excel, Cloud SQL, Salesforce, and other similar connectors. App user activity syncs to the connected data source(s).

What you'll do

In this lab, you'll:

  • Set up a Google Sheet as an initial data source

  • Build and customize a simple Project Tracking app

  • Customize the Project View

  • Build new Views for a Map and a Chart

Task 1. Set up your Google Sheet as an initial data source

For this app, you use a spreadsheet with columns for tracking Tasks and Projects.

  1. Right click Open Google Sheets and click Open link in incognito window.

  2. Sign in using the provided username and password.

  3. In a new tab, access the project tracking spreadsheet.

  4. Click File > Make a copy.

  5. Click Make a copy to save the copy of the sheet in My drive.

Task 2. Generate a simple Project Tracking app

  1. In the Sheets menu, click Extensions > AppSheet > Create an App. AppSheet will generate an app for the Projects in the spreadsheet.

  2. Click your lab account to login to Appsheet with the provided credentials.

  3. Click Allow to authorize AppSheet access to your lab-provided Workspace account.

  4. Click Got it! and x to close the default dialogs.

Task 3. Customize the app

  1. In AppSheet, click Data in the left pane.
  2. Click the Projects box to expand it.
  3. Click View Columns.
  4. Perform the following updates for the indicated columns:
Column Value
Project Id Uncheck options: Label, Show? and Search? (Note: You’ll have to scroll to the right to find the Search? checkbox.)
Link Set TYPE to Url
Attachment Set TYPE to File
Location Set TYPE to Address
Budget Set TYPE to Number
Due Date Scroll to right and set the INITIAL VALUE to WORKDAY(TODAY(),10) (This will set an initial Due Date value to 10 working days into the future.)
  1. For Status, click the edit (pencil) icon to edit its properties in a dialog. Set the following:
Column Value
Type Enum
Values Add the following: Review Requested, Under Review, Need More Info, Approved
Input Mode Buttons
  1. Expand the Auto Compute section below.

  2. Set Initial Value to Review Requested.

  3. Click Done to close the dialog.

Task 4. Customize the Project View and build new views for a map and a chart

In this step, you’ll customize the generated Projects view and and then build 2 new View types in order to see the budget data in a chart, as well as view location data in a map.

  1. To Customize the generated Projects view, click UX in the left pane.
Note: You may find an option named App instead of UX in the left pane of the App Sheet project. Click on the respective option as per the UI.
  1. Select Projects to expand it.
  2. Set the following options:
    • Set View name to Projects (should be set already)
    • Set View type to deck (as opposed to card)
  3. Optional: You can click on the top Projects box to close the view editor.
  4. To build a new Map view, click UX in the left pane.
  5. Click + New View and set the following:
    • Set View name to Map
    • Set View type to map
    • Set Map column to Location
  6. Expand the Display section below.
  7. For Icon, enter map to search for a map icon, then select any map icon from below.
  8. Click Save.
  9. To build a Budget view, click + New View and set the following:
  • Set View name to Budget
  • Set View type to chart
  • Set Chart type to piechart
  1. For chart columns, click the Add button and select Budget from the dropdown.
  2. Expand the Display section below.
  3. For Icon, enter pie to search for pie icons, then select any pie chart icon from below.
Note: The chosen icons will appear for the Map and Budget action buttons at the bottom of the app.
  1. Click Save.

Task 5. Test the app!

Now add 2 or 3 records of test data.

  1. In the Mobile Preview, click + to add new project records.
  2. You can add any images, URLs or file uploads as desired.
  3. For Location, add valid addresses. Simple city names will suffice. Ex: ‘New York’, ’London’, ‘Paris’.
  4. For Budget values, enter positive values. Ex: 2000, 1500, 5000.
  5. Click Save
  6. To view the data in different views, click the Projects view at the bottom of the Mobile Preview to view a list of your projects.
  7. Click the Map view to view the data in a Map. You should see your project locations in a Google Map.
  8. Click the Budget to view the budget in a chart. You should see your budget values in a Pie Chart.

Click Check my progress to verify the objective. Add a few records of test data


Congratulations! You've successfully created a project tracking app in AppSheet!

Finish your quest

This self-paced lab is part of the Building No-Code AppSheet Apps quest. A quest is a series of related labs that form a learning path. Completing this quest earns you a badge to recognize your achievement. You can make your badge or badges public and link to them in your online resume or social media account.Enroll in Building No-Code AppSheet Apps quest or any quest that contains this lab and get immediate completion credit. See the Google Cloud Skills Boost catalog to see all available quests.

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Manual Last Updated October 27, 2022

Lab Last Tested October 27, 2022

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