Apr 29, 2022 05:32 AM
Is there any plan to encourage developers to build more apps and write more scripts to marketplace? From the conversation I saw in the forum, getting your apps approved is so difficult and long. I feel Airtable now lacks vibrancy and enthusiasm of other tools (monday.com or coda.io).
Apr 29, 2022 05:42 AM
You are correct that the ecosystem has stagnated. Airtable has taken a very hostile approach against developers, so I doubt that anything will improve on this front until Airtable changes their attitude towards developers. I’m hoping that this situation will improve in the future.
Apr 29, 2022 02:07 PM
To echo off of @ScottWorld’s reply…
A lot of community development has been put in a really rough position since Airtable changed its pricing plans a while ago.
Pro users went from having unlimited apps, to being restricted to only ten apps.
This naturally wrecked a lot of the incentives of open source development since the only parties that could really utilize and enjoy community development work without worrying about limitations in apps are organizations with enterprise agreements or Pro users that are locked into legacy pricing.
Enterprise platforms, such as Salesforce, have a robust community of developers and admins that are comfortable with building solutions.
Airtable doesn’t have anywhere near that amount of community development happening. Despite the two companies being completely different sizes, the rate of growth in community development for Airtable is enough to warrant concern.
Even though there are some developers that are comfortable with Airtable, the chances that an organization is lucky enough to hold strong adoption of Airtable, have a developer/admin in their product development/IT teams that can support custom solutions or can afford a long-term consultant are quite small.
It’s a strange time to be a fan of Airtable.
Apr 29, 2022 02:37 PM
Yes. There is a plan, or at least a goal. But it is not a short term plan, and it is not currently a priority for Airtable. Airtable is going through a lot of growing pains right now, and this is one aspect of those growing pains.
Right now there is not much incentive to create 3rd party apps in the Marketplace.
Scripts have slightly different disincentives for 3rd party developers, even though everyone has unlimited access to scripting.
On the other hand, scripts and apps can be transformative for organizations that have access to a developer. Many, many scripts are apps are being developed on the Airtable platform, even if they do not make it to the marketplace. And the learning curve for writing scripts and apps is within reach for those who are interested in learning and have the time.
Third party scripts and apps have a place in the Airtable platform, even if they currently do not have as strong a showing in in the marketplace.
May 03, 2022 10:38 PM
It is indeed. Our company has been using it for over 3 years in Pro Plan and as we are expanding, Airtable doesn’t really.
Yes it is but most of us do not have time. In Coda, lots of scripts can be replaced with button and formula.
I certainly hope so.
Feb 01, 2023 12:16 PM
There is also no clear strategy for developers to validate ideas for new apps.
For example, if you post on the Airtable Community forum looking for feedback/interest/signups, your post will be removed.
Between that and what others have said about the review process taking a long time, it's hard to want to commit resources to developing for the Airtable marketplace.