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App Maker will be shut down on January 19, 2021

Source image credit: Dana Fried @leftoblique

G Suite Admins have started to be notified that App Maker will be shutdown on January 19, 2021. In the turndown notification Google cited ‘low usage’ as the reason for the shutdown. This news comes shortly after the announcement of Google acquisition of no code platform AppSheet and AppSheet is identified as one of the alternative platforms:

Due to the specific source code used for App Maker, you can’t directly migrate your apps to another platform. Depending on your use case, we recommend these alternative tools:

  • If you use App Maker to automate business processes: Use AppSheet, a new addition to our app development portfolio that has capabilities similar to App Maker. App Maker data is stored in Cloud SQL, and App Sheet supports Cloud SQL databases. This allows you to build an application on the existing database tied to your App Maker app.
  • If you use App Maker to develop apps: Use App Engine to build and deploy applications on a fully managed platform. App Maker data is stored in Cloud SQL, allowing you to build an App Engine application on the existing Cloud SQL database tied to your App Maker app.
  • If you use App Maker for data collection: Use Google Forms, which has many new features that were not available when App Maker launched.

Google included the following schedule for turndown:

  • Today, existing apps continue to work. Though App Maker is no longer under active development, the service will continue to be maintained.
  • Starting April 15, 2020, you will no longer be able to create new App Maker apps. You will still be able to edit and deploy existing apps.
  • Starting January 19, 2021, App Maker apps will stop working and you will no longer have access to them. App Maker data stored in Cloud SQL will remain unchanged and continue to follow the policies established by your Google Cloud Platform (GCP) account.

Source: Google App Maker will be shut down on January 19, 2021

Follow the trend of Apps develop in your org with a Dashboard of the default Cloud SQL App Maker Instance

Adoption dashboard

Image credit: Jérémy Dessalines https://link.medium.com/yqklXl2p22

Monitoring Google App Maker adoption in our Organisation. For this I realized an Apps Script project calling the Cloud SQL Admin API, a REST API for administering your instances programmatically in order to Lists instances under a given project in alphabetical order by instance name.
Data will be displayed on a DataStudio dashboard.

Source: Follow the trend of Apps develop in your org with a Dashboard of the default Cloud SQL App Maker Instance

Create a game web-app fast with Google App Maker ? Challenge accepted.

Google App Maker allow you to create responsive web-app fast in your company. What about create an internal challenge ?

In this post Jérémy Dessalines highlights the benefits of using Google App Maker to rapidly develop a web based game and all in a couple of lines of code:

The app benefits from Google App Maker to authenticate the user, create a responsive application that allows the visualization of good practices in the form of cards. … Access is secure and restricted to a small group of users via a Google Group.

Source: Create a game web-app fast with Google App Maker ? Challenge accepted.

Full tour of Google App Maker’s interface | Sheets to Apps – YouTube

We’ve gone over the basics of App Maker, but now it’s time to explore the interface further. Alexandrina Garcia-Verdin goes over how to utilize and modify tools and widgets, in this episode of Sheets to Apps!

Getting started, quickly build a basic app on Google App Maker – Sheets to Apps – YouTube

In this episode, we give you some brief examples of what kind of apps you can create with App Maker. Learn how to get started and quickly build a basic app on App Maker!

How to design advanced Google App Maker apps with BigQuery API, Google Groups, Google Data Studio and Cloud SQL

Where should I store my data? Should I sync Cloud SQL and Big Query? How to publish my app,… Read on Jérémy Dessalines’s (@Gr3m) thoughts on working with App Maker.

Source: How to design advanced Google App Maker apps with BigQuery API, Google Groups, Google Data Studio and Cloud SQL

Example apps you can build on Google App Maker – Sheets to Apps – YouTube

In this episode, we give you some brief examples of what kind of apps you can create with App Maker. Learn how to build dashboards, human resource apps, and so much more!

Digitize Mail & Parcels Tracking with Google App Maker

A few months ago my team was challenged to digitize the work of the General Services Department in our offices. To improve the process we created a Google App Maker web-app designed to be used on Chromebooks in tablet mode. To track usage and movements, Cloud SQL stores data in tables: packages, movements/history and anomalies declared by teams. In order to retrieve the hexadecimal code of the badge, it’s really easy. A card reader behaves like a keyboard !

Source: Digitize Mail & Parcels Tracking with Google App Maker

The problems I can solve with App Maker – Sheets to Apps – YouTube

Welcome to the Sheets to Apps Show, where we talk about how to tame endless spreadsheets into productive applications. App Maker is a tool that empowers a wide range of individuals in an organization to turn important processes that live in spreadsheets. Join us and see how App Maker can help you in your everyday tasks!

Getting Started with Google App Maker 3: Turn your spreadsheet to an app with no code at all – Cleo Espiritu

Is there a Sheets or Excel file you and your team have been using that you find is not very user friendly and is very tedious to maintain? If so, learn how you can start managing the same data in App Maker by building your first simple app!

Source: Getting Started with Google App Maker 3: Turn your spreadsheet to an app with no code at all – Cleo Espiritu

Getting Started with Google App Maker 2: Learn the Building Blocks – Cleo Espiritu

This article will introduce you to the “building blocks” of App Maker – Data, Pages & Scripts.

Source: Getting Started with Google App Maker 2: Learn the Building Blocks – Cleo Espiritu

Using the Hangout Chat Bot API for an App Maker App – Cleo Espiritu

On Episode 20 of Totally Unscripted, I joined Martin and Steve to talk about integrating Hangouts Chat Bot and App Maker.

You can learn more about the Hangouts Chat API here. In this post I’ll go over the steps on creating the bot I showed in the episode.

Source: Using the Hangout Chat Bot API for an App Maker App – Cleo Espiritu

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