Join Gini von Courter for an in-depth discussion in this video Use PowerApp to create an app, part of Business Apps for SharePoint Monthly.
- [Instructor] I've added one record to our asset inventory app, so we can see how it looks. This works, no issues with it, but now what I'd like to do, is I'd like to be able to take this on the road, so that I don't have to enter information directly into SharePoint. I don't have to open a browser. To do that, I'm going to choose Power Apps, create an app. The app can have the same name, not a problem. This is going to be Asset Inventory. Click Create.
While I could have started from a blank, when I create a power app from a list in SharePoint, I get a real jump start on creating my application. There's no reason not to start this way. The work that we've done creating our list is going to be translated into our application. I said there's no reason not to, but there really is one reason. If, by default, when I start from SharePoint or from Dynamics, for that matter, I'm creating a mobile app for a phone.
If I knew ii was going to be creating an app that would be used on a tablet or an iPad, I wouldn't start from a list. Notice however, that I have different items being built. Welcome to PowerApps Studio. I can see a preview of this app. Let's see how it looks right away. Let's click Preview the App, there we go. What I have is a gallery that would list other items.
I can click to see the details of the item. These appear in the same order that they are in, in my custom list. If I wanted to add another item, I can do that right here, Asset Name. It's a BD Headset, and there's a barcode for it, and asset brand. I'm actually going to insert the asset barcode right.
All of our barcodes have KEco as part of their name. And the asset type here. Notice it's loading my list. This is AV Equipment. Let's open that list again, it displays six results. It tells me that, that's nice. Asset Description, Asset Location, and its status is that it is in use. When I'm all done, I've just added another item to my inventory.
If we go back to our list and click, notice here's the item that I added, while I was in preview in Power Apps. If you don't want items to actually show up in the list don't add them here. This is a functional application, that I've already created in Power Apps that easily.
If I close Power Apps and return here to my list, if I choose Asset Inventory, it's going to load my app data. It says, "Notice your app is not shared, "but your SharePoint view is public." Do I want to make this particular view private? In other words, do I want to make the app private only for me? Because right now I haven't shared it. I can confirm that, and later on I can make that app more widely available to other folks. The Power App that I create when I'm in a browser appears as a view in my browser.
The color of this page and the icon that's being used above Asset Inventory, both of those items are customizable. For more information on how to do even more with Power Apps and how to customize them beyond what I'd doing in this demonstration, check out Learning PowerApps in the training library. Our app works here in the browser. That means it will also work on a mobile device. Although, we'll be testing that before we're done here. What I'd like to do, though, is add a piece of functionality that lets me scan this asset barcode.
We're going to do that in the next movie.