Building docs as powerful as apps with Coda
Evan from Coda here. Opening this discussion for anyone who has questions or ideas around building with Coda and going for the grand prize! 🏆 Here are a few helpful links: - For inspiration on what you can build: https://coda.io/templates - For brainstorming and tracking progress: https://coda.io/t/_te6h7JnfEF9
@evan_pryce thanks evan, i am in the midst of building something simple. could use some advice. i am building a task list so that my mother and wife can message tasks to me(through sms/whatsapp) as i keep forgetting when they tell me. and once i've completed it, they can be notified. how can i do an app interface that they can keep as a shortcut on their phones, or let them message my number and it will add to my task list? For the latter, I can only think of zapier integrations for now. Any advice? Thanks in advance
Tips for all you new Coda makers out there! Here is some helpful content around the core building blocks you can use to make a doc as powerful as an app: 1. Tables - Structure your information to keep it organized (https://help.coda.io/getting-sta...) 2. Views - See your information in different ways while keeping everything up to date (https://help.coda.io/getting-sta...) 3. Formulas - Learn about your data (https://help.coda.io/formulas/co...) 4. Buttons - Create interactions in your doc (https://help.coda.io/controls/cr...) 5. Automations - Convert manual tasks into workflows (https://help.coda.io/connect-you...) 6. Packs - Connect your doc to the other tools you use (https://help.coda.io/connect-you...) 7. Mobile - See your doc come to life as a mobile app (https://help.coda.io/getting-sta...)
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@evan_pryce hey! Thanks for a great festival 💐 So I have a few questions: 0. With Coda I build a doc template, which can be shared on your Template section. That's how I understood your functionality 😃. Is a doc template consider as a product? 1. When I build something with Coda, it will be hosted on your coda site. Have I got it right? 2. Who owns the template (project) if it's hosted on your Coda site? 3. When we finish the project, will it be some form to hunt it? Or it will be hunted by the Product Hunt team when we send it via Submission form? Thanks!
@lisadziuba Hi Lisa - great questions! Here are some answers below: 0. Yes the finished product is a doc that you'll share with the community. We'll definitely feature these on our Gallery (https://coda.io/templates/) after the Makers Festival, but for the time being all you'll need to do is share the doc publicly (with View/Play mode enabled). Here's instructions on how to do that: https://help.coda.io/working-wit... 1. Can you clarify what you mean by "hosting on Coda site"? Generally, when you build a Coda doc, it will show up in your Google Drive like any other document product (like Gdocs / Gsheets). We've built the underlying technology, but you have full access control over your docs - we don't have access by default. Does that answer your question? 2. See above. 3. I'd confirm with @emilyjsnowdon from Product Hunt, but once voting opens, all submissions should be available for folks to give love to to help determine the winner. Let me know if you have any other questions! Happy to help 1:1 if you'd like - just dm me.
@thedreamydryad That sounds like a great idea! Practically speaking, using Coda sections to separate content can feel like separate pages in a magazine, which you can link between using a table of contents. Do you have a starting point for this already? Happy to guide you if you want to send me a dm!