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What to learn to hire?

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Hi,
I have pretty much maxed out my skills on Caspio. I am not sure if I should learn more or to hire someone to help me with my project.

If I needed to take full use of Caspio and or hire someone to take full use what programing skills should I (they) know?

Thanks for your time on this.

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Hi @hercules97

To be honest a lot of it is going to depend on your method of deployment, what your trying to accomplish, the end users skill levels (are they familiar with using databases or is this a general public facing application?) and your expectations given that Caspio is ultimately an online relational database for collecting, processing and displaying data/information.

We are deploying our system via a self-built website which gives a lot more flexibility with layout and additional code JS/HTML/CSS than say using a website builder such as Weebly or Wordpress.

So some questions;

  • What are you trying to build
  • How is it going to be deployed
  • How familiar are you with relational databases and structure
  • Do you have any coding skills such as JS/HTML/CSS
  • Is the system you are building be integrated with other systems such as mobile applications using REST

There are many more questions I could ask but these seem the most relevant to begin with,  I am by no means a professional coder/programmer but have had extensive experience with MS Access and Visual Basic in the past and these skills helped. You need to set objectives e.g. what do I want this datapage to do and how am I going to deploy it, what user interactions will be required etc, then if you need help trawl the forums and see if anyone else has had similar problems and there are plenty of people here who are willing to help (I have only been using the forum a short time but found it invaluable as much for seeing what can't be done and looking at solving it in a different way!)

You could always use Caspios "Expert Sessions" add-on;

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However its not cheap and I would advise if you go down that route you have a good idea of what it is your trying to accomplish before booking a session/s

 

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Failing that you can try Caspios "Professional Services" we have used them for a project that I didn't have time to learn how to implement myself, again not a cheap option but they are a good team of people and will get you where you need to be if its a business critical function that you need to implement reasonably quickly.

Sorry for not having a definitive answer but you asked a pretty broad question with little to no information of what your trying to achieve, how you have tried to implement it and how far you need to go.

Kind regards,

 

Roosta.

 

 

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Well if you would like to know more about Caspio it would be great if you will start by having a great foundation about the standard features that they have. They actually offer this service called webinar that is pretty much like a live online tutorial conducted by a trainer. By the way, this one is for free so if you want to check it, here's the link: https://www.caspio.com/training/

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If your schedule doesn't match the schedule of the training, you might want to check these videos instead on your best time:

Basic Training with Caspio - Introduction to Application Building - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEB-8O0cJZ0
Intermediate Training with Caspio - Application Architecture and Authentication - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8HZC3mBSPg
Advanced Training with Caspio - Database Relationships and Passing Parameters - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYcBQSb7dWs

However, it would be best to attend the training so your questions can be addressed right away. 

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Hi,

Just want to add to the previous comments above. For me, it really depends on the needs of your application. If you are trying to build an application which is beyond the standard features of Caspio and if you don't have time, some knowledge in building it, and if you have a deadline to accomplish it, then that's the time that you need someone to hire  . However, if you can do it by yourself and if you have some basic knowledge in database and web application then you can move forward little by little. 

Moreover, as you start building your application in Caspio, the  first thing that you need to do is to build a normalized and well-architectured table.  And for you to know the fields and tables that you need, you need to define the workflow of your application.  As well as the Level of Users of the app. In this manner, it would be easy for you to identify which tables that you will need, and what type of relationship you need to establish.

And, their Webinar Training is really useful especially when you are just starting to know their platform.  Also, if you will try to create an app, you can review some of their training materials for you to familiarize Caspio's features:
https://howto.caspio.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/CaspioInc
https://forums.caspio.com/

Above are the links that I always use in creating an application. By the way, you can visit Caspio's live support via chat or phone if you need help from their Support Team. 

Also, I just want to share some tips in getting started that I use for new apps:

Key areas to scope prior to beginning and as you progress:

1. What entities (tables) are needed, and general purpose of each.
*Define what data you need for each, and what type of data this is
2. What users and roles will be needed to access this application?
*Who is using the app. Group them into roles and permissions for each role/sub-role
3.For each user/role, what permissions should they have on each entity.
*What should each user role be able to do with each set of data. Keep this simple: Insert, Edit/Delete, View only.  
*Should this be for the whole data-set, or just a sub-set. How is sub-set determined?

I hope that helps you.
 

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