AK101: Building Your First App in Airkit AK101: Building Your First App in Airkit

AK101: Building Your First App in Airkit

Chandra Bergmann Chandra Bergmann

Welcome to Airkit 101! This course is intended to introduce you Airkit by walking you through the process of using Airkit to build a simple web app: a Contact Form.

Building Your App

A walkthrough of how to build a Contact Form exists in two mediums: a video and a written tutorial.

Both the video and the written tutorial cover the same material. Feel free to go through both, use either exclusively, or to supplement one with the other – whatever is most conducive to your learning style.

Once you've built out your first app, you'll likely want to review what you've learned or maybe even dive into more novel ways to apply your learnings. To kickstart this process, check out the AK101 Study Guide.

Broader Context

Airkit provides a variety of tools that make it possible to build complicated apps very quickly. Among these tools is the Airkit Studio, the interface in which every detail of your apps can be created and edited, and KitCloud, which supplies a multitude of pre-configured templates.

It's possible for most of KitCloud templates to function as self-contained (if extremely simple and decontextualized) applications on their own. For instance, there are templates to gather and record customer information, templates to accept payments, and templates to verify a user's phone number. By having much of the skeleton for these common use cases already pre-built, creating complicated app flows takes very little time at all: KitCloud templates can be used as foundational building blocks, which can then be connected and edited in Airkit Studio as needed. Your final apps might be any combination of KitCloud templates, custom app flows, and even templates you yourself designed for the purpose of re-using.

As you might imagine, building out long, intricate user Journeys can become very complicated very quickly, so when getting started, it's best to peel away some of the layers of abstraction. This is why you start by building out a simple form. 

As it happens, KitCloud comes with a template that has this exact form pre-built; in addition to building your first app, you're also be replicating a template. This provides an introduction not only into what goes into getting an app off the ground, but also how templates work under the hood.

Additional Resources

This introduction has focused primarily on the tools Airkit provides to build a simple, self-contained web app. If you find yourself wanting to experiment with an app that interacts with the outside world in a more complex fashion (and you've already checked out the AK101 Study Guide), check out how to connect your APIs and other external systems to Airkit or how to use Airkit to send and reply to calls or text messages. If you're looking for ideas as to the sort of apps you might want to build with Airkit, you can look into how some other companies have used Airkit's pre-built integrations to solve real-world business problems.

 

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