Couldn’t tell you exactly how I found Glide, but somehow it popped up while searching for a solution for my girlfriend and her fellow skating coaches. I always wanted to get her away from tracking lessons and billing her students on paper. She never seemed on board with it, so I never pursued it much. Then last year she told me that the club wanted a database to keep track of students and their accomplishments. This got my wheels turning and I started looking for something that would be web based so it was accessible by multiple people and with multiple devices.
I first looked at using Trello and Airtable, which are powerful tools, but I couldn’t see adoption by non-technical users and there was a lack of customization. Trello was limiting and Airtable seemed great, but it seemed too easy for other users to screw something up if they didn’t know what they were doing. Next, I came across AppSheet. I played with it for a bit, but even as a programmer myself, it just felt overwhelming and the pricing definitely ruled it out for me. I’m sure I could have figured it out if I spent more time and familiarized myself with it.
While I was playing with a sample app in Appsheet, I obtained a google spreadsheet from one of their sample apps. Not long after, I then found Glide. To test out Glide I connected it to that sheet from Appsheet. I was blown away with how it created a functioning app, put image links into image components and everything looked pretty good with absolutely zero effort. From then on, I was hooked.
Over the past year, a lot of new functionality has been added to Glide, my app has evolved, and I’ve learned a lot just by spending time and participating in the forum. I keep looking forward to new functionality down the road and finding new personal apps to work on.