Building a no-code app to send data from an HTML page to Google Sheets

I love using Parabola.io platform to build sample no-code applications. This is how Parabola describes its platform on their web site:

Parabola is a drag-and-drop productivity tool that runs in your browser. We have a library of customizable, prebuilt components designed for ecommerce operations and marketing teams to pull in data, combine and transform it in bulk, and automatically take action.

http://parabola.io

I look at it as a visual, drag-and-drop serverless environment. Serverless allows you to put your application business code into small, self-contained functions. A function can call another function and so on. These functions are then executed by the platform (and you don’t need to worry about servers, resources, maintenance – all is taken care by the platform).

In Parabola you have a flow where you put various pre-build components and define the execution flow. Data from one component output is passed as input for the next component. Here one example of a Parabola flow that how to build an application to scrape data from a web site and email the results:

Parabola flow

Every component reminds me of a small serverless function that does something specific. You go up the abstraction level (or maybe event two). The application (flow) is built using a visual and drag-and-drop approach and you don’t write any code.

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How content creates content – virtual edition

Last year I published How content creates content blog post. It’s one of my favorite blog posts. It shows how one piece of content can produce more content. Since everyone shifted to running online events/meetups I wanted to update this blog post and also offer new content ideas for the virtual world. I know it’s not always easy to come with content ideas. This blog post should help you develop more content. I also recommend you read How to scale Developer Relations with online meetups.

We have been running (almost) daily online meetups on the IBM Developer Crowdcast channel. You have been working on an article or tutorial how to solve a problem with a technology from you company. You want to share it with your community, maybe other developers will find this solution useful. You can start with publishing a step-by-step tutorial. That’s one piece of content.

Next you can host an online meetup where you will show the steps building a solution. Now you have:

It’s a good idea to record the online meetup. We use Crowdcast where each event is automatically recorded. You can upload the recording to YouTube and now you have:

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Video: How to build an app to send a custom reply to a Twilio text message

This video shows how to build a no-code app to send a custom reply to a Twilio text message. The code tutorial mentioned is here: https://www.serverless.com/blog/serverless-and-twilio.

Technical note: Twilio expects a specific response from a Webhook. This response includes a message to send back. This no-code examples works differently. While Parabola does send a response from a Webhook, the response is just a default success message (this causes an error on Twilio side which you can see in the debug console). The no-code example sends a new message as a reply to the received message.

26 online meetup replays you should watch from August 2020

IBM Developer hosts weekly online meetups on various topics. Online events are one of the best ways to scale your Developer Relations program and reach developers anywhere, anytime and for a long time after the event.

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Location Services with HERE Technologies – Build a location-aware IoT Ecosystem with HERE and IBM Cloud (Part 1)
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I was an intern at IBM – here’s what I learned
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Reacting to an Event-Driven World
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Ethical hacking – The Culture for the Curious
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The app I’m using for my to do list

(drum roll) It’s the native Apple Notes app. I know, perhaps it sounds boring but let me explain.

Like many people out there I have tried many different to do apps. This is just a short list. I tried Any.do, TickTock, Google Keep, Trello, WorkFlowy, Notion, Taskade, Todoist and probably a dozen others.

I always wanted a simple to do app where I can keep a list of tasks I need complete. Once a task is done I wanted to mark it done (or cross it out). I didn’t need any complicated project management features or collaboration features. On a number of occasions I wanted to just switch to using pen and paper. I imagined I’d write my list of tasks and cross them out when completed. One drawback with a pen and paper is that you need to carry it with you.

As I continued to try more apps and read what other folks are using (there are thousands articles on various to do apps and approaches out there). I decided to give a very simple app a try. I thought this approach would bring me the closest to a pen and paper but I’d still be using an app.

That app is the native Apple Notes app on iOS, ipadOS and macOS.

Apple Notes
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Video: Build a no-code contact form that notifies you instantly when someone submits the form

This video shows how to build a contact form and get notified via email when a form is submitted using no-code tools. The form is built with Typeform. The flow to send the email is built with Parabola.

Looking for other applications built with no-code? Check out videos from my no-code YouTube playlist.

Video: How to build a no-code application to scrape and email data from a web site

In this video you will learn how to build a no-code application that scrapes data from a web site and then emails the data. The data scraped is also saved into a Google Sheets document.

This particular example shows how to get a daily Covid-19 data from a county web site. The same approach can be applied to any other web site and data.

Watch other videos from my no-code YouTube playlist.

Video: How to build a Twitter bot in 10 minutes

This videos shows how to build a Twitter bot with Zapier in under 10 minutes. The video is based on How I built a Twitter bot with no-code in 10 minutes blog post.

Check it out and let me know what you think. This is part of my journey to take an application built with code and build it with no-code tools. If you know any solutions built with code that I should try to build with no-code – let me know! You can also check out other no-code videos I have published.

23 online meetup replays you should watch from July 2020

IBM Developer hosts weekly online meetups on various topics. Online events are one of the best ways to scale your Developer Relations program and reach developers anywhere, anytime and for a long time after the event.

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Here Technologies and IBM Cloud series

  • Location Services with HERE Technologies – Introduction Session
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  • Location Services with HERE Technologies – Build an app using the Disaster Resiliency Starter Kit
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  • Location Services with HERE Technologies – Create a mobile app to facilitate community collaboration
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  • Location Services with HERE Technologies – What happens when AI meets Location – Finding Optimal Locations for New Stores
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Kubernetes with Red Hat OpenShift 101
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Build a Smart Bot with Slack, Block Kit and Watson
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How I built a Twitter bot with no-code in 10 minutes

Earlier this year I shared:

I published the following blog posts where I show how to take an application built with code and rebuild it with no-code:

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