Are you building a prototype dynamic web application and need to collaborate with non-developers?
I have been to a hackathon before and experienced participating with the knowledge on how to develop an application but lacked the skill or time to implement a full-stack web application in the 3-day sprint. That time may skill was way too low to even help out and was sidelined to watch tutorials and study HTML and CSS.
The result? I have learned a lot but I wished I could've contributed more.
In one of the hackathons I have participated in recently, I encountered a similar problem. This time around I was not the newbie. I had non-engineers who wanted to help in building our prototype web application. Luckily, we stumbled upon a Google Spreadsheets as a way for our non-engineers to mock up our database and have the back-end developers connect to Google Sheets JSON Endpoint and parse it.
With this guide, you'll be able to:
- Create a spreadsheet in Google Spreadsheets.
- Publish the spreadsheet to the web.
- Generate a JSON endpoint.
- Open the spreadsheet for public collaboration.
- Pass the JSON endpoint to your back-end developer.
After this tutorial, you'll be able to join teams and say, "I can help with the back-end!".
Section 1: Creating a Google Sheet
Go to Google Sheets
Create a new spreadsheet
Section 2: Publishing your Google Sheets to the web
Click File > Publish to the web…
Click Publish, then OK
No need to do anything here
Section 4: Using your Google Sheets as JSON endpoint
Copy the template URL and paste in the address bar:
Go to your opened Google Sheets and check the address bar
Go to the template URL and replace
- YOURGOOGLESHEETCODE with 1ifbWzueslEP5-_ysP6gg7o_NaHQmqF8LlXBfStCwFMs
- SHEETPAGENUMBER to 1
Retrieve JSON URL
Section 5: Making your Google Sheets public (for collaboration and data entry)
On the top right, click Share
Add a name, click Save
Click On — Public on the web, then Save
If you receive the response below, please check your URL and make sure you use the Google Sheets code in the address bar.
If you receive the response below, please go back to Section 2: Publishing your Google Sheets to the web.
Clark Jason Ngo - Graduate Teaching Assistant - Technology Institute - City University of Seattle |…