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Create a database, as easily as a spreadsheet

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Benjamin Bernard@bernard_ben · CTO, Fieldbook
I've always been passionate about giving super powers to users. Meeting that customer demand and giving people a tool that fits neatly and seamlessly into their process, well, nothing gives me more pleasure or excitement as a developer than that. Developers are used to having data super powers everywhere. They can quickly spin up command line tools to find answers to their questions or put their data in a database to give themselves the power of SQL and online storage. With Fieldbook, we've taken those same super powers, and made them accessible to the world, And I'm so excited to share our vision with everyone. I believe everyone has something they are passionate about, something they want to do better at, something they would like to use a great data driven approach to get better at. My hope is that you'll agree that with Fieldbook, we've given everyone the tools they need to manage their data. Come check us out.
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Jason Crawford
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@jasoncrawford · Co-founder & CEO, Fieldbook
Fieldbook is a vision that goes back many years for me. It was based on two things that you find in businesses everywhere: First, a lot of overgrown spreadsheets being used for tracking lists – like projects, roadmap, user tests, clients, sales, or recruiting. Second, a lot of expensive in-house development projects – I've been a part of them – to build internal tools that are often not much more than a database with forms and maybe some reports or workflow. Database tools and “app builders” give you a lot of power, but they feel heavyweight and typically require technical skills to set up. Fieldbook is as lightweight as a spreadsheet, so you can use it for even the simplest tasks. And it's based on a ton of usability testing with both technical and non-technical users, so you don't need to understand the inner workings of databases to use it. I've been on Product Hunt since before Fieldbook was in beta, so I've been looking forward to sharing this with you all for a long time. Fieldbook is by and for makers – I can't wait to see what you all do with it. Everyone on Product Hunt is getting instant access to our private beta today. Use the Get It link above to skip the waitlist!
Jonah Katz@jak1192 · Engineer, Camber Creative
A 'user friendly friendly phpmyadmin', perhaps?
Jason Crawford
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@jasoncrawford · Co-founder & CEO, Fieldbook
@jak1192 Perhaps :-) But really, Fieldbook is even easier than a traditional SQL database. Typing is optional: type any data anywhere you want, like a spreadsheet; restrict input types later as needed. Links between sheets (relations) are automatically two-way and many-to-many. Joins are implicit and automatic, even in queries/formulas. And for people who don't even know what half that stuff means, you can still use it!
Hrishi Mittal@hrishio · Founder, Learnetto.com
@jasoncrawford This looks cool. Do you have any plans for pulling in data from web apps? I'd love an integration with Gmail.
Jason Crawford
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@jasoncrawford · Co-founder & CEO, Fieldbook
@hrishio Definitely planning more integrations. What would you want to do with Gmail?
Hrishi Mittal@hrishio · Founder, Learnetto.com
@jasoncrawford If I can link Gmail contacts (by label) into Fieldbook, I could use it as a CRM. I want to minimise data entry.
Joe Filcik@jfilcik · Writer, Product Manager
@jasoncrawford Love the vision. I cut my teeth on building Access apps back in the High School then joined the Access team at MSFT out of College, so this problem space has always been near and dear to my heart. Good luck! How would you compare yourself to AirTable (since ProductHunt lists them as similar :))?
Jason Crawford
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@jasoncrawford · Co-founder & CEO, Fieldbook
@jfilcik Thanks Joe! Fieldbook's unique features, which are also our most popular, are: (1) the grouped view (like Trello meets spreadsheets), (2) the way that linked records show up on detail pages and can be fully viewed and edited, and (3) the advanced search/query UI. For elaboration on these points, see our tutorials: http://docs.fieldbook.com/docs/w...
Joe Filcik@jfilcik · Writer, Product Manager
@jasoncrawford Awesome! Sounds super interesting.I'll take a look. Added you guys to three of my lists tracking these areas. Never added one product in all three 👍 Forms! - Collecting info from people, one textarea at a time - https://www.producthunt.com/@jfi... List-making apps! - Apps for the Organized, the List Makers, the Wanna-be-OCD - https://www.producthunt.com/@jfi... Accellerated Creation - New tools that make us better at creating awesomeness fast! - https://www.producthunt.com/@jfi...
Tristan Zier@tmzier · CEO & Co-Founder, Tandem
@jasoncrawford Congrats on finally sharing with the world!
Daniel Schildt@autiomaa · Interaction designer
@jasoncrawford Is there any options for exporting static version of the application? (for those who have to run things inside their own systems or inside EU area, for legal reasons…)
Jason Crawford
Maker
@jasoncrawford · Co-founder & CEO, Fieldbook
@autiomaa Like an on-premise version? No, it's all cloud-based right now, sorry.
Ross Blankenship@rossblankenship · AngelKings.com, CEO and Partner
@jasoncrawford, tons of potential here. Would love to hear more about your vision and what you and @bernard_ben are creating. You'll get my info as I'm creating an account on Fieldbook now :) Ping me via email. Ross D. Blankenship Managing Partner, http://angelkings.com
Kim Døfler@doefler · Entrepreneur and tech lover
Really looks super cool. Love that you have many of the same opportunities of relations as if you coded a query yourself, but with very simple interface :) I saw that you can import from CSV, are you planning​ on adding other sources/integrations? Zapier, IFTTT, Webhooks, API?
Jason Crawford
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@jasoncrawford · Co-founder & CEO, Fieldbook
@doefler Thanks Kim! Yes, definitely planning on an API (including webhooks) and on Zapier integration.
Kim Døfler@doefler · Entrepreneur and tech lover
@jasoncrawford Awesome!!! Look forward to playing around with it :)
Kai Gradert@kaigradert · Designer
Excited to see Fieldbook on ProductHunt today. I have been following the team for a while and enjoy watching their product mature and evolve. Super dedicated team. Give it a try for your next project if you live & breathe spreadsheets :-) Agree with some of the above comments, API would be amazing for data i/o.
Benjamin Bernard
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@bernard_ben · CTO, Fieldbook
I've always been passionate about giving super powers to users. Meeting that customer demand and giving people a tool that fits neatly and seamlessly into their process, well, nothing gives me more pleasure or excitement as a developer than that. Developers are used to having data super powers everywhere. They can quickly spin up command line tools to find answers to their questions or put their data in a database to give themselves the power of SQL and online storage. With Fieldbook, we've taken those same super powers, and made them accessible to the world, And I'm so excited to share our vision with everyone. I believe everyone has something they are passionate about, something they want to do better at, something they would like to use a great data driven approach to get better at. My hope is that you'll agree that with Fieldbook, we've given everyone the tools they need to manage their data. Come check us out.
Philippe Dame@pdame · COO, Ramius Corporation
I learned of Fieldbook only recently and I've been very impressed with it, as Jason knows. We all know of some data or process in our business, or even personal lives, that ends up in a spreadsheet when it really deserves a simpler, yet more multi-faceted interface. A custom database-driven web-app would be great, we think, if only we had the time and skill to set one up. I've tried other services that are much more complex and heavy-handed. Fieldbook achieves its mission with a great user experience and, to me, this makes all the difference. I look forward to seeing how it will evolve. Well done guys.