New Best Practices Community Forums and App Gallery!

We are pleased to announce the release of a new community forum group focused on Best Practices in App Building. This new section of the community will focus on the three primary areas for successful app building: Data, Build, and Design. We are sure this will help app-makers to optimize the success of their apps as well as give all community experts an opportunity to showcase best practices and lessons learned. We are also developing badges, swag rewards, as well as special ‘insider’ advantages for contributing members who add value, and who help others to succeed using PowerApps.

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UX Patterns: Multi-select

In many scenarios, you would want to enable certain columns as multi-select. In this blog, let’s look at an example on how to achieve this using PowerApps. Example: Let’s build a simple application…

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Deep Linking in PowerApps

A common scenario when building apps is to enable deep linking into specific screens within your application. In the example below, we have a catalogue of devices that you can browse, look at the…

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UX Patterns: Expander Control (with expand/collapse animation)

In this blog post, we will create an expander control. An expander control can be useful to show and hide sections of your UI and therefore declutter your app. We will start with a simple expander that show/hide content and we will finish by adding a expand/collapse animation (linear but in theory, we should be able to add easing In/out)

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Part 2 of Tabbed User Interface - Mobile Version

Last week Carlos gave us an excellent example of a tabbed format within a tablet format PowerApp. Check it out here:: https://powerapps.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/design-tips-part-1-handling-tab-control-scenarios-in-powerapps-for-full-screen-formats/. This is another example of a tabbed format for mobile phones. The design is by Mehdi Slaoui Andaloussi who is ingenious when it comes to PowerApps patterns. I've enjoyed using this format as well because it's quick, easy to configure, and data driven.

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Fun with Gallery Graphics and SharePoint Lists

PowerApps makes it very easy to design forms that include graphics; both images and graphs. This blog shows how to combine three fun tactics into one gallery control: 1. Pick up images from the SharePoint List Picture Column HyperLink (images are stored in my OneDrive for Business Folder named "CategoryIcons") 2. Create my own Bar Graphic based on List Data 3. Filter the Data Using Images in the Group Legend

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