App development

Developing in no-code

Quickbase supports a range of options to create new applications:

  • Visual Builder: Drag-and-drop elements of application schema onto a canvas
  • Spreadsheet: Import existing data and auto-create schema based on headers
  • Template: Choose from our library
  • Lucidchart ERD: Design application schema in an ERD file and then import it into Quickbase
  • RESTful APIs: Use our API calls to programmatically create your application
  • Generative AI-driven Smart Builder*: Answer a few questions and auto-generate an entire application.

*Smart Builder is still in Beta. You can turn off access for your Quickbase account if your organization does not allow generative AI tools.

Data shows that most successful applications are created from scratch using the visual schema builder. With the visual builder, you drag-and-drop schema elements onto the canvas. It offers complete control over tables, the fields within those tables, and the relationships between them. Then you can import existing data sheets later.

Regardless of which method you use to initially create an application, Quickbase takes care of the manual database admin tasks for you. For example, it automatically:

  • Binds fields to forms
  • Indexes fields
  • Runs performance testing

Each application created in Quickbase also comes equipped with basic:

  • Reports
  • Forms
  • User roles

Then you may customize each of these as needed.

Applications also include mobile support. UIs designed on desktop will translate to the Quickbase mobile app automatically, without the need for mobile-specific development.

App iteration

Once your Quickbase application is in production use, you can use builder UI on the web to easily make schema changes. Changes are live right away.

Application lifecycle management

Successful Quickbase customers build applications with many different use cases. These applications also have varying levels of business criticality. Quickbase allows you to manage each application in a way that makes sense for your organization.

For example, applications at your organization may fall into two categories:

  • Smaller, simpler applications
  • Higher-sensitivity or business-critical applications

It’s easy and convenient to make schema changes live in production for simpler for smaller applications.

For higher-sensitivity or business-critical applications, take advantage of Application Lifecycle Management tools to control how and when you update applications. If needed, you may even turn off the ability to make schema changes in real time.

Services and partners

Build in partnership with Quickbase by choosing one of our Enablement Service Packages.