New: Custom Blocks Contest with $100,000 in Prizes 🙌

If you haven’t had a chance to test out the developer preview of the Custom Blocks SDK yet, now’s the time to give it a whirl. The platform team is offering big prizes for the best blocks in three categories:

  • Blocks for Business Teams (5 winners)
  • Blocks for Education or Non-Profit (2 winners)
  • Wildcard (2 winners)

With a handy UI kit at your fingertips to make polished interfaces a breeze, a CLI that lets you leverage your favorite developer tools, built-in hosting, and real-time that just works - all working in concert with the user-facing Airtable interface you already know so well - we think you’ll find working with Custom Blocks to build powerful apps fast, easy, and delightful.

We’ve even included some use cases to help inspire your blocks! With more than 170,000 organizations powering mission-critical workflows on Airtable today, there’s a tremendous opportunity to expand the functionality of the Airtable platform and help teams around the world achieve more.

The contest runs until July 6, 2020, so head over to Devpost now to get all the details and register: https://airtable.devpost.com/

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@Michelle_Valentine - does this signal an official release of the Custom Blocks platform, or are we still in beta?

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Great question, Jeremy. This is still our beta - now with a more open developer preview. Don’t worry, you’ll definitely know when we fully launch :slight_smile:

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Hey Michelle,

Does Airtable have the intention of creating a ‘block store’ where individuals can create and monetize blocks that expand the functionality of Airtable?

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Hi Chris! That’s something we’re exploring, but no concrete plans to share yet.

@openside does a roundup of Scripts found in the forums, maybe they’ll do the same with Custom Blocks

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Amazing!!! I just built a tool for creating websites without code using Airtable as a database. This would be a good opportunity for me to turn my templates into blocks as well! :slight_smile:

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@pory do you have an example of how you used Airtable for websites we could see (screenshots)?

Guys, entering the dev and code universe when you build a brand based on no-code requieres better naming conventions (naming is hard indeed)

stuff that makes no sens ;

  • how is Scripting block different than custom block ? In general when scripting you are creating custom logic
  • in https://airtable.com/developers/blocks there is a reference to the Block SDK, is this sdk also related to the scripting block ? it looks like not, but then change the name so it does not use 50% of the words of “scripting block” feature

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Hi @Michelle_Valentine are we able to create blocks even if we don’t have a paid or pro account? thx

Hi @chie

The Scrupt Block is available now, for the free and paid plans, until this September.

Hope this helps.

Mary Kay

P.S. I thought I would jump in, hope you don’t mind.

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That’s right, thanks Chie and Mary Kay!

@Michelle_Valentine Is Custom Blocks available on free plans only until September, the same as for Scripting Block? Or will Custom Blocks remain available to free workspaces a little longer? I asked on this thread, but didn’t get an answer there.

Scripting block was released in February, so it free users will be able use a release version of Scripting block for over half a year before having to decide if they want to pay for the functionality.

However, as Custom Blocks is still in beta, keeping Custom Blocks free only until September won’t give customers much time with a release version to decide if they want to pay for it. (Some companies might not be willing to test Custom Blocks in a production environment until it is out of beta.)

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Chiming in, I’ll add these additional observations.

Who Uses Custom Script Blocks?

There are fundamentally four classes of Custom Script Block “users” -

  1. Independent developers
  2. Enterprise developers
  3. Airtable customers unaffiliated with an enterprise
  4. Airtable customers affiliated with an enterprise.

Custom Blocks are built and published by two classes of developers and their Custom Block solutions are generally consumed by two classes of users.

To incentivize innovation with Custom Blocks, Airtable will do well to ensure all developers (class #1 and #2) will have full and unrestricted access to be able to explore, develop, and test new Custom Block apps. Anything short of this, and innovation and expansion of the development community will be constrained.

Since users in class #4 are [by definition] “enterprise customers”, I suspect these users would ostensibly have access to Pro features.

That leaves class #3 - free and paying customers who - in my view - will not likely be compelled to pay for access to blocks [alone] unless they need more than a handful of blocks.

Why should a paying customer who uses just the CSV Import Block subsidize users who pay the same monthly rate but employ 25 blocks? Imagine if access to all 2 million iOS apps were available for $29/month and you only wanted to use the weather app.

However you might parse this question, it suggests that blocks should be available in an a-la-carte menu that offers block-level pricing - ergo, a block store perhaps.

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Are we need to get pro account for participating in blocks contest??

Because on free account, I am getting an option to integrate custom block!!

You don’t need a pro account to make a custom block/participate in the contest. The contest does end in 2 days though so hurry!

Hey, I was just having some issues creating custom blocks and I wasn’t exactly sure how to reach out. For some reason when I try to create my first block using Kasra’s tutorial I get ‘zsh: command not found: block’, after having installed the Block CLI. Is there something I’m missing? Thanks!

That usually happens if the folder where npm installs global packages isn’t on your PATH. You can see the path of the folder by running: npm config ls -l | grep prefix

On my machine, running macOS I see the following output:

prefix = "/Users/kasra/.nvm/versions/node/v12.14.1"

Then if I do echo $PATH, I see that /Users/kasra/.nvm/versions/node/v12.14.1/bin is in the list.

After the deadline has passed, will be able to see everyone’s submissions? Or will that be left to the discretion of each submitter?