Hi there, hope someone can help me. I am used to visual basic which is obviously different. Is there any good guides anyone knows about how to get used to this or pointers on where to find the information. So excited (I know sad) to get some scripts working so I can speed up some of my more repetitive stuff and use new features on my base which I use daily and love it.
Hi Mark, and welcome to the Airtable community!
And here’s why you must not waste a moment diving in and reaching outside the VB box.
Welcome to the Airtable community!
I found that much of the knowledge used for writing scripts in Visual Basic transfer to writing scripts for Airtable. The two aspects that gave me the most trouble were the different syntax and different vocabulary.
The different syntax let to lots of syntax errors at first. Over time, the syntax errors will become less frequent as the brain starts to internalize the new syntax.
Also, I used to use the debugger when using Visual Basic. There is no debugger for Scripting block. I find that I don’t miss it at all. I just do a lot of output.inspect instead.
@Bill.French, thanks for the link to the article about Visual Basic. I enjoyed reading an article that recognizes how empowering and widespread Visual Basis was.
Many people who would never pictured themselves as coders wrote code because Visual Basic had such a low entrance threshold. I can see Scripting Block and Custom Blocks doing the same for Airtable users.
I was in a hurry at work yesterday, but I shouldn’t have forgotten this!
Tips for Getting Started with the Scripting Block
This is @VictoriaPlummer’s first article that should be consulted before looking for her many explained scripts.
You will gain a lot of energy and enhance the quality and diversity of your scripts if you spot Airtable’s Dev’s Engineers and Community’s Independent Consultants (not far: both of them just replied you here !) on this Block-Script forum because they offered us scripts and masterclasses since the beginning, which are here, ready to be studied, most of them can be forked by you if you understand a little about Licenses and Copyrights you should pay attention to.
It’s a great opportunity that I discovered when I was starting out and I’m still studying and practicing!
You will also visit their Show and Tell by searching their names to filter-out thousands of “product suggestions”.
We can’t thank them enough!