New Data Explorer being released for the Appsheet Editor

This is one of the best additions hands down.

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Thanks for the comment, I’m so happy you’re liking it!

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@benhare - love this new capability as it prevents a lot of “bouncing” back and forth to confirm column names across tables. Nice!

One thing I found odd while playing with Data Explorer was the location of the expression box window expansion. The Data explorer windows have min/max resize nicely along the top of the window, but the Expression window is way down under the expression notes and very easy to miss. Seems oddly placed in my opinion.

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Glad you’re liking it! And hmm, I can kind of see what you mean - for me, the original design of this had no button, but clicking on the tab that was opened closed it (that part still works too), so I guess I found this an improvement. Where would you put it do you think then? To the left of Examples? (To be clear - still going to want to clear any change here with the UX designer for the project but I’m curious).

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Since you have it at the right for the data explorer, makes sense to be consistent and have to the right (under the black edit window? See yellow arrow. Maybe to the right of “snip”?

Leave that to UI designers. Just found this too easy to miss where it is right now.

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Since Examples and Data Explorer are now tabs, why not also move the expression explanation into a tab and get it out of the way? As an experienced app creator, both the examples and the explanation are useless to me, so I don’t really want them there at all, but data explorer is of great interest to me.

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I agree,
Default to data explorer… Hide the rest…
I wish test was better, and Insitu.

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Hello Mike, so the problem with aligning it with snip (at least by default) is that snip is something that comes with Appsheet Toolbox, and while I love that extension (and use it myself), many of our users don’t have it, so it’d have to go somewhere else or at least not be in position related to it. Also sorry I missed your yellow arrow in the first post, you were showing me where you wanted it to be already so I guess I didn’t need to ask.

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@Steve and @Grant_Stead, those are good suggestions. We’re currently working on broader updates to the expression assistant so I’ll try to take some of that in advisement as we make them.

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When is this supposed to come available? I don’t seem to have access to this feature yet.

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The rollout was delayed, but should be resuming soon. I, too, do not yet have this feature! :frowning:

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Many more people should be receiving it today, but yes as Steve mentioned it was delayed for a while.

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Thanks @benhare.
*caution: the below is just one persons opinion…

With the introduction of the Data Explorer, I would consider having three “tabs” under the black expression window:
Data Explorer | Expression Results | Syntax Examples

Data Explorer would be the default tab.

Don’t want to lose the syntax examples as new users really need this (including me as a reminder). I just wish the help articles were easier to get to directly from the syntax (which is why I use Appsheet Toolbox as well).

As for the expand black window control, I would put that far right under the window (like most window expansion controls). Not sure how that impacts Appsheet Toolbox but I am sure that could be discussed with them. Default for far right position should be native Appsheet as a priority and add ins build around that.

These are just my opinions and I am sure the UI team has a view here and user preference testing would be considered.

Hope that helps.

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Came late to the party, I’m really busy right now so haven’t answered any on the community lately.
At first I though AppSheet Training’s extention (AKA Qrew Tools Extention) was messing up with this but I can confirm I just haven’t received the funtion just yet to try it.
Actually, I’m just more worried about the ability to have autocompletion instead of a mouse-driven thing like this Data Explorer (since I think more advance users use the mouse just for those cases were keyboard doesn’t make sense anymore)
I know this will help a lot of people though, so I’m glad that there is people working on this kind of solutions.
Also, I would like to see more keyboard-driven interactions for the editor. I find that the community page has more keyboard shortcuts and the kind than the editor wich is the place where we spend most of our time.
Anyway, thanks again for the hard work

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Amen!

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Do you have it yet? It’s not ton my paid account.

I’m glad that you like it so far, and there are other improvements on the horizon for the expression assistant that I hope will make the experience better too. The keyboard-driven interaction thing is interesting to hear, and I’d love to get some opinions on what key-bindings would be helpful but I think we should use a different thread for that.

Also @Lucinda_Mason it’s still rolling out - I’m investigating a small issue that was reported with it today, hope to continue to roll it out tomorrow.

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Thanks @benhare
I’ll be waiting for that post in order to give there my opinion.
Anyway, the best approach will always be full custom shortcuts, since keyboards are different and we use different OSes. Sometimes simple keyboard shortcuts like Ctrl+S to save just doesn’t work on Linux or Windows because it thinks we want to save the webpage while on MacOS Cmd+S does the job.
So, custom key-bingings all day

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Hi! I’m coming late to this discussion. Improvement of the editing interface is very important in my view so this feature is very welcome.

Because the editor interface is an important topic, the #editor tab has been established for this forum but is underused. I would appreciate it if “editor” could be added to “expression” (the only tag for this article at the moment).