All hail to Airtable
Some time ago I learnt about Airtable and thought that it was a great thing, but didn’t have a project to try it with.
Now I use it a for a couple of my projects.
First “production” use was when I did the diPlayer. I just needed some connected database where the end user could edit the records with his phone without extra hassle. Also I wanted something with a simple yet robust API. And Airtable was a great fit for it.
Another one was a side project with a chatbot that tracks citizenship application status for users. The users just enter their application code, and the bot does the regular checks and reports back when status changed. Very handy, and with Airtable I just outsourced all the database work to a service. With this one I also gave very granular control to another person, so that they can add records in bulk in their space without accessing all the database.
Now I am building another IoT project that will also use Airtable for remotely accessing data that will be gathered by a Raspberry Pi running an MQTT broker.
Then I used it for a couple of home things – like keeping track of the job applications statuses, utility contractors.
So it’s a great thing if you want to shorten your time to market and focus on client. Give Airtable a shot!