Create a database, as easily as a spreadsheet

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#4 Product of the MonthNovember 2015


  • Alec KinnearCreative Director at Foliovision

    Works basically like a spreadsheet


    Basic functions like sum don't work as expected

    Fieldbook is obscure enough that it offers more privacy than Google Sheets (data directly linked to your Google profile, directly searchable by CIA/NSA, etc). Unfortunately Fieldbook is also Silicon Valley, ex-Googlers and ex-Grouponers so I wouldn't keep anything too private there. US privacy issues limit its usefulness.

    Alec Kinnear has used this product for one month.
  • Pros: 

    Works amazingly well - a different (and great) version of AirTable


    App is decommissioned

    This app is great - I'm pretty bummed to just have found out about it now, while they're in the process of turning off the service in June 2018. Hope there's another app i can find that works similarly... AirTable is great, but I can't use it for a full database for certain projects because of their freemium account limits.

    Sanjayananda has used this product for one day.


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Jason CrawfordMakerPro@jasoncrawford · Chopping wood, carrying water
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 CrawfordMakerPro@jasoncrawford · Chopping wood, carrying water
@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,
@jasoncrawford This looks cool. Do you have any plans for pulling in data from web apps? I'd love an integration with Gmail.
Jason CrawfordMakerPro@jasoncrawford · Chopping wood, carrying water
@hrishio Definitely planning more integrations. What would you want to do with Gmail?
Hrishi Mittal@hrishio · Founder,
@jasoncrawford If I can link Gmail contacts (by label) into Fieldbook, I could use it as a CRM. I want to minimise data entry.
Benjamin BernardMaker@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.
Tautrimas@tautrimas_p · Tech lead at HomeToGo / NFQ
@bernard_ben, being a web dev I have noticed that Fieldbook has super responsive UI. Even though, you added so many features already and it should start lagging in fps. Can you tell us how did you pull this off or do you have a blog post / slides to share?
Benjamin BernardMaker@bernard_ben · CTO, Fieldbook
@tautrimas_p I've been in the performance space(and web space) for a while. And the thing that has worked for us (as much as it has) is relentless dedication to making things feel fast. Measure everything, attack the low hanging fruit. Our table scrolling in particular is something we've worked on and it does a ton of just in time rendering to avoid overloading the browser layout engine. Much of this was the brain child of Ada, our other developer. But even with all the effort we've put in, we are far from perfect. Most important is to measure and find the bottlenecks and keep chugging at it. For us, we use a combination of event driven small updates through backbone and Unfortunately don't have a blog or anything more extensive than what I've written here
Alec Kinnear@foliovision · Creative Director at Foliovision
@tautrimas_p @bernard_ben I have to agree that #Fieldbook performance is impresssive. #spreadsheets #GoogleDocs #msoffice #saas
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 CrawfordMakerPro@jasoncrawford · Chopping wood, carrying water
@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 GradertHiring@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.
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.