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Apr 24 2014   8:30AM GMT

Database-driven Web Apps Made Easy

Michelle Greenlee Michelle Greenlee Profile: Michelle Greenlee

Launching a logic-driven database application on the web can be as easy as clicking your mouse. Zoho Creator lets you create and access your database on the web without a developer. You can select a blank project and click to build each function you require or choose an existing template to get started.

Database operations are added through a drag and drop interface. Your database query is built onscreen with each click.

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Drag and drop tasks for your database to perform.

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Simple form creation is also available. Zoho Creator forms have a familiar drag and drop form creation interface but contain options to set up advanced rules to process entered data. Wufoo is a similar form product but without advanced rule processing capabilities.

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Zoho Creator lets users interact with an imported database or create one using forms and processing rules. At first look, the system seems to be a feature-rich form creation suite when it’s really a robust web database. Zoho integrates with third-party services to form a unique product capable of more than just collecting data from simple forms. The list of capabilities runs so long its outside the scope of this post.

I once believed Zoho was a copycat company that focused on creating products similar to Google’s. Products like Zoho Creator prove its uniqueness in the marketplace. Google’s database tools don’t offer the same easy-to-use interface and are generally targeted at experienced developers. Zoho tends to build its products for non-developer types. Zoho Creator is a tool you should certainly check out for database projects.

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