Introduction

Imagine being able to build your very own custom apps the way that you want, without any limitations? Need a CRM? Event Planner? Invoice Management?

Enter Ninox. Just drag & drop the pieces that you need, and you’re good to go. 

Before we start this tutorial, let’s make sure we’re all on the same page. What’s an App? A Database? etc. Let’s do a quick review.

 

Getting on the Same Page

The IT world can be intimidating! Sometimes concepts are not explained clearly or apps assume that users already know the meaning of confusing terms.

At Ninox, we want to break down those barriers! Everyone should be able to unleash their creative spirit and build their very own solutions without any advanced IT knowledge.

Let’s start by introducing some terms that we’ll be using throughout this tutorial:

App

An application, or “app,” is simply a computer program for an end user (like you) that does something. Maybe it tracks invoices, helps a company to onboard an employee, etc. That’s it!

Database (Collection of Data)

A database is just an organized collection of data.

Table (Holds Data)

But how is the data organized? Usually it’s organized into tables. A table is simply a collection of rows & columns with cells that contain data.

Form (Structures Data)

A form is used to make sense of data. For example, a form can be used to enter a customer’s first name, last name, her profession, and her employer.

View (Filters Data)

Lastly, a view is used to present data that’s meaningful. For example, imagine you have a database full of detailed information about your customers, their purchases, their transactions, where they are from, their method of payment, etc. Obviously looking at ALL of that data at once would be overwhelming and not very helpful!

A view is just a way to filter out data so that you only see what matters to you. Maybe customers who paid via credit card in the last week… maybe customers from Amsterdam who spent more than €1.000… you get the idea.

 

Tutorial Structure

We've structured our tutorial series into three parts: Explore the basics (tutorial for beginners), Intermediate, and Independent. In the coming weeks we will be sharing new tutorial content that fully reflects the user journey from initial exploration and intermediate level content to more advanced content where we encourage independent usage. So please stay tuned to this space.

But enough talking! Let’s just jump right in to the Explore Tutorial.