Today is a day for Pride. I feel proud today as the course I have laboured on for almost 12 months has nearly 2000 students.
I’m proud that I even started a Power Apps course on a platform that means a great deal to me, I mean, like what right do I even have to teach people? I’m proud of the fact that I spent 6 weeks considering the structure before recording a single video and then started creating a course that stretches out to 250+ lessons, and then gave it away for free.
My amazing and committed students
Most of all though I am proud of the all the students that have decided that they want to take the time to learn their craft properly.
I’m thankful too!
As well as that I am thankful to every person that has signed up for the course and to those that have provided me with counsel to make it the best that it can be.
I’m also thankful to my wife and family for putting up with me making my recordings and turning off the boiler so that the sound wasn’t disturbed (and then wondering why there was no hot water)
I started out with a simple idea, that I might be able to create something of use to someone, some individual person who wanted to do more for themselves and their organisation. I still believe that if it is worth a single person travelling through the course, then it is worth 10,000 following the same path.
Students Young and Old(er)
This is very much the beginning for so many people, from those that start aged 6 using http://www.PowerApps4Kids.com through to those that are 60 and beyond. This is Paul Burns talking to Dona Sarkar at Ignite 2021 about his app he created to help him to write again after a stroke – the sky really is the limit.
You can rebuild a 3 Screen Power App in about 3 minutes with 1 click. But how would you build it from scratch? I this video we take a simple spreadsheet, upload it to sharepoint and build out the app from scratch. It’s easy, but not as easy as you think 🙂
Today’s learning on Patch is to demonstrate that sometimes we don’t have to use Patch at all, and that Forms can be created in a way that gives the control of positioning the objects, but “performance” of submitting of forms
This is the last day in the series on Patch, so I’ve provided links to all the sessions down below.
An Alternative to Patch
The technique is relatively straightforward to execute.
Create all your controls, text inputs etc and place them wherever you wish onto the canvas
Create a form tied to your data source
Connect the outputs of your controls on your canvas to your form inputs so that the default is the value in your forms
Create a button on your canvas
In the OnSelect of the button use the following formula
You can now hide the form.
There are some points to note from this technique:-
You would need to put a little more effort into your “on canvas” controls to ensure that if you had a gallery their defaults would be correctly set. This is no different to what would be the case with the experience when patching
Troubleshooting submission issues is easier than with Patch
You have more options around controlling the behaviour of the input s
How to get to the course content
Check out this post to confirm how to sign up for the course.
Today’s learning on Patch is important as it relates to using a Patch statement to create multiple items. This is a MAJOR difference between Forms and Patch as Forms cannot perform this operation.
Structure for Patching to a Multiple items using Power Fx
The basic structure for patching multiple items is as follows – where CityXL is a data source within our app, and Cities is a table within Dataverse (Common Data Service). In this case the field names are completely aligned between the spreadsheet table field and the database fields, which is why they repeat themselves :-
The Mars Rover “Perseverence” landed on Mars on 18th February 2021 and in the live session coming up we’re going to use Power Platform tech to create a slideshow of images to music.
Build from Blank
We going to build an app from blank which will allow us to create a cool slideshow to music, all about the Mars Rover. If you have teams you can do all the things we cover whilst we are together During the session we will – Create a Team – Create a data table – Create a Power App – Create a Cloud Flow – Populate a table using audiene submissions in Microsoft Forms
Today’s learning on Patch is important as it relates to Person fields which are more similar than you might think. They are highly relevant to Patching to Sharepoint lists as they help us to maintain the ties to related lists.
Structure for Patching to a Person Field
The basic structure for patching to a person field is as follows – where cmbOwner is a combo box where a user is selected:-
Today’s learning on Patch is important as it relates to Lookup and Choice fields which are more similar than you might think. They are highly relevant to Patching to Sharepoint lists as they help us to maintain the ties to related lists.
If you’ve signed up for the course you can head directly to the first video here.