PowerApps tips to build your App faster
Although PowerApps is a low-code App, it however still takes you certain time to build a complete App, not to mention change requests from Customer during App building process. This may make you crazy.
PowerApps tips you wish you knew earlier
No worries! DaTaxan shares with you 3 tips to accelerate your App building process. With Scrum Agile method – you can build PowerApps 3 times faster than usual. It is pretty cool, isn’t it?
Tip #1: Plan before you build
There are often multiple screens in 1 App, say a screen for new item, a screen for editing an item and a screen to view an item. You may have multiple approaches to how to build, which one to start first. You may build all the forms/galleries first, formulas and then navigation buttons and format for the screen.
You may then later realise that your customers (App users) request differently or change their mind. At that point of time, you may need to change the App on every single screen. It would be time consuming if your App have multiple screen.
So, what should you do? You can apply Scrum – Agile Method. Agile Method put customer First. It advise you to check with customer on each project stage to ensure Customer is happy with what you develop. In this case, we can complete building 1 screen, say screen for new item, including function, format, navigation button that you may utilise for other screen. Then you check with Customer on this first screen. If necessary, adjust it until the Customer is happy. The next step is then much easier, you just duplicate the first complete screen and adjust it for second screen. Do the same until you complete the whole App.
Tip #2: Check Font and color schemes (theme) requirements
If you build App for Companies, you may need to ask Customer if there are any specific Font and color schemes you need to use in the App. PowerApps does not support many Font nor color schemes. Some manual work is required if you want to use custom font or theme. Therefore, knowing this request from the beginning can help you integrate this request when you build your App and avoid painful adjustments in later stage
Tip #3: Use Components
In PowerApps, you can build custom controls with Component, this help you better manage repetitive controls on different screens. Especially, if there any change in the repetitive controls, you just need to update the Components 1 time, they will be automatically updated in the screens accordingly. Without Components, you may need to go to every screen to change the controls.