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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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.

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.

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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Video: How to update Google Sheets with JSON API

This video shows how to update Google Sheets with JSON API. The video is based on this blog post.

Video: Building a no-code application that sends an email and a text message when a new user registers

This 12-minute video shows how I built a no-code application that sends an email and a text message when a new user registers. I used the following no-code tools: Airtable, Parabola and Twilio. The video is based on this blog post.

Building a no-code app to send daily Covid-19 data

I live in Contra Costa County in the San Francisco Bay Area. The county has setup a web site with Covid-19 information for its residents. The main page shows key Covid-19 data updated daily. I have been visiting this page almost daily. This is how it looks for Friday, June 19, 2020:

Covid-19 data for June 19, 2020

I wanted to build an application that would email me this data every day. To continue my no-code journey I built a no-code application that sends me a daily email with the latest data. I didn’t need to write a single line of code!

These are the tools I used to build the application:

  • Simplescraper – to scrap data from the county web site and turn it into an API
  • Parabola – build a flow to invoke the API and send the email

This is how the application flow looks in Parabola:

Parabola flow

Let’s review the application flow.

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Building a no-code application that sends an email and a text message when a new user registers

In this blog post I will give you an overview of how I built a no-code application that sends an email and a text message when a new users registers. This is part of me taking an application built with code and building it with no-code tools.

I previously shared how to build a no-code application to send positive news.

This particular application is based on Upkar Lidder’s application built with Apache OpenWhisk. The application registers a user and sends a notification via email and text.

I used Parabola to build this application. This is how the application flow looks:

Parabola application flow
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