Coding Comparison - Exemplifying 'Low Code'

I decided to write this short post following a comment some time ago on my comparative review of Airtable, Knack, Zoho Creator - which is now revised to include Ninox. In that comparison, I stipulate that Zoho Creator and Ninox's languages were very efficient in terms of number of lines required and simpler to understand compared to using Javascript (with Knack). Read More…
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Airtable, Knack, Zoho Creator and Ninox Comparison

In this revised article (now including Ninox), I am going to compare the features of Airtable, Knack, Zoho Creator and Ninox – three of these are platforms I’ve chosen to work with for clients following an extensive evaluation of the no/low code database market. Read More…
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Relating to Relational Databases - Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, I introduced the basic concepts of relational data and how it mirrors Things and Processes in the real world. In this article I am going to look further at relating information - in particular Many to Many relationships. Read More…
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Sending Bulk Emails in Ninox

I find my self writing this post partially in response to a question in the Ninox forum about sending emails to Contacts. While sending basic emails is simple, the user wanted to know how to send emails to mailing lists periodically and to be able to change the content each time without changing the code. Here goes… Read More…
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Relating to Relational Databases - Part 1

I've been working with Relational Databases for years and one thing has always been clear to me - that most people just don't 'get' them. This series of posts aims to correct that using examples from one of the databases I work with in my practice, Ninox. Read More…
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Ninox Review

I've now been working with Ninox for a while and it's time to do a proper review - taking some examples from tour HR app, KasPer Pro, as we go. Read More…
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Ninox - from iPad to Cloud

I'm always on the lookout for exceptional new database platforms and I recently discovered Ninox - a multi platform database available on iOS, Android, Mac and, importantly, the Cloud.
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Sending a PDF document from your database with Integromat

I've seen several requests on Knack's and other forums asking how to send PDFs from their databases. The recent introduction of Integromat's PDF app, which converts HTML into a PDF, really makes this possible. Read More…
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Zapier or Integromat - which should you choose?

I've just completed a couple of presentations about 'No Code Integration' at Knack's KnackCon conference in London and thought people would maybe find it useful to see a comparison of these two ostensibly similar products… Read More…
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Presenting at KnackCon London...


Next week, on the 9th and 10th November, Knack are holding their first user conference in the UK! We're expecting some exciting information about forthcoming features as well as sessions covering best practices for building your apps. Read More…
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Discovering Integromat

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If you've been following my blog at all closely, you'll have seen a number of posts discussing the use of Zapier to automate and integrate databases created with Airtable, Knack and others. Integromat is an intriguing alternative with a wide range of additional features… Read More…
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Joining the Knack Builder Network and Sample App

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I've recently become a member of the Knack Builder Network which involved having an App reviewed as part of the process. Coming from an HR software background, I naturally chose to build an HRMS solution to put forward and, in this article, I provide a link to the app so that you can check out the capabilities of the platform. Read More…
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Showcasing Airtable - two sample bases to try

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I've now been working with Airtable for quite a while and have built two 'bases' which I feel would be useful for others. These are KasPer Lite for Airtable and KasTim Lite for Airtable which are Human Resources Management and Project Time Recording solutions, respectively. Read More…
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Creating Multiple Records with Forms

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I recently read a post in a database forum where the questioner asserted that it wasn't possible to use an online forms app like Cognito Forms to capture multiple records for a database in a single form - using Zapier to take the form content and populating the database. I thought this was unlikely and in this post I am going to share how this is done. Read More…
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Automating Processes with Airtable and Process Street

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In this article, I am going to explore how to use the combination of Airtable and Process Street to automate processes in a structured and repeatable way within your business. As with earlier posts, I will be working through a scenario which, as usual, will be supported by Zapier connecting the apps together. Read More…
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Approval Workflows with Airtable and Slack

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As you may know, Airtable has direct integration with Slack 'out of the box'. In this article, I am going to discuss how to use this to build an absence approval workflow, starting from an employee's request through to notifying them of approval (or otherwise) - and with a little help from Zapier along the way. Read More…
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Using Push Zaps with Airtable

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Zapier and Airtable work particularly well together for both integrating with other apps, and also automating processes within Airtable. However, there is a type of Zap, called a Push Zap with which many may be unfamiliar. Push Zaps require a browser 'extension' which is currently only available for Google Chrome but they provide the means of push button automation within your bases. Read More…
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Creating Checklists with Airtable and Zapier

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Checklists are a common requirement within many business applications - from Project Management to HR, etc.

So, in this Article, we are going to go through the process of automatically creating task lists in Airtable - with the automation handled through Zapier. In order to copy this you will need an Airtable account and a Paid Zapier account (all the features required are not available in a Free account). Read More…
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Sending Notifications From Airtable

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Whilst Airtable offers a revolutionary new approach to relational databases, there are some things that are not immediately obvious and others that need external tools like Zapier to achieve. In this article I am going to look at how to send task reminders (the basic technique could be used for other scenarios) - in this case by email, but they could be sent via Slack, etc. just as easily. Read More…
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Zoho Creator Review

Zoho Creator is a tool designed to "build apps that are perfect for your business" and has been around for a while now as part of Zoho Corporation's suite of Apps (which include CRM, Finance, HR, Collaboration, Help Desk etc). Zoho's intention is to become 'the Operating System for Business".

Within the Zoho suite, Creator is the tool you would use to build solutions which are specific for your business - and where simply customising one of their other services wouldn't meet the needs.

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