I’m really excited about this integration and waiting for the full support of Airtable features will arrive very soon.
This are the things I’m missing:
Airtable has native relations called links so you wouldn’t need to establish relations in Glide. Glide is now able to “read” and render this related fields as collections but it is still not possible to edit linked fields.
Airtable also support to add multiple attachments to a “documents” field, for example pictures or pdfs. Glide allow you to render this multi attachment field at least in Apps (not in Pages) and the images or pdfs are showed as a carrousel. The problem again is that Glide still doesn’t support to edit this kind of fields.
Workarounds are possible but that means to use Airtable in the same way you use standard sheets. Native Airtable capacities would be wasted.
I can’t imagine it will improve performance in any way. It just opens up another source of data for the app. Glide still keeps a duplicate copy of the data, regardless if it’s google sheets, airtable, or excel. There’s still a copy of the data on the glide servers that needs to synchronize between the glide servers and those outside services. This is before the app even gets involved.
The app itself is only communicating with the glide servers and the copy of the data stored within glide. The end user app has no awareness that any data was sourced from any outside service.
Performance and row limits are based more so on the sheer amount of data that you are sending and synchronizing between glide and the end user’s device. Plus consider that the end user’s device also keeps a local copy of the database and performs all of the computations, so all of that has to be cached and computed locally. For that reason, the 25k row limit isn’t dictated by type of the original source of data. It’s dictated by the amount of data that has to be sent, received, stored, and computed between the outside source (ex. AirTable) and glide, and between glide and each and every end user.
Now we can use Airtable as a source of data into Glide.
What are good or possible ways of exporting data out of Glide?
We process orders in Glide and hence not only customize but also add Data Columns in Glide.
I assume to synchronize with Airtable, I would have to create fields in Airtable instead of a column in Glide every time I want to add a column in Glide.
But if I wanted to take my data elsewhere after Glide, to analyze it or store it
It´s great to have airtable as data base but there still are some performance issues.
I´ve notice that rows in glide tend to suddelndly dissappear while connected to airtable. This represents a problem in all tables but specially in the users table because the user suddendly is deleted and eventhoung it reappears after a few seconds, it provides a bad UX. It also prvents the use of choice fields as filters for lists , worsening the UI.
Have anyoone had this problem too? If so, how did you solve it?
I’ve noticed this to, with favourites being enabled. It’s not very performant, where if a user favourites a record, the record will disappear in Glide and reappear in about ~10 seconds. No solution as far as I can tell