Pages and Views
When we announced Pages at the end of August, Andrew hinted that it was only the start of our support for what we call "core" and "satellite" users. His post gave a good overview of why Pages exist and how our customers led us to them. With that in mind, I'm happy to announce Embedded Views: the next, but not last, step in our vision for Pages.
Dabble DB has always supported sharing your views with the world, so that anyone can see the reports you've built. With Pages, you could also collect data from the world, with custom built forms shared with satellite users or anyone else. What we're announcing today is a powerful combination of these two features. Embedding a view into a page form allows anyone accessing that page to access, visualize, and optionally edit, via the form, the restricted set of records visible in that view. We think Pages is now a robust enough platform that many users can do comprehensive work with access only to Pages. In other words, Dabble DB is taking a significant step towards being not just a database tool, but an application development tool.
For example, say you're a sales associate:
- You only want to see your leads, and you don't want any other sales associate to see yours. None of them want you to see theirs, either.
- You want to login to a page and see every view you have permission to see.
- You need to be able to view charts, maps, and tables of your leads.
For the first time in Dabble, you can build this kind of system and host it entirely at Dabble, with no external server or coding necessary.
As another example, say you work in an office and you want to wrangle your coworkers' schedules:
- They want to be able to enter their vacations by paging through a calendar to see when other people will be there.
- You want people in your office do be able to bookmark a personalized calendar every morning, to see and edit all their appointments for the day.
On a personal note, this is the Dabble feature I've been most excited for, and I'm thrilled to see what our users will build. Meanwhile, we'll be continuing to expand Pages further, and we'd love to know what you think.