Both Airtable and Directual offer a database features. Users can create interconnected tables with such fields as text, number, email, date, links to other table, etc.
Here we can admit that the features for viewing and handling data in Airtable is almost perfect. But, as we see further, often that is not enough for meeting all the needs of modern app development.
Form in Airtable is one of the table views. Form in Directual is a web-page component (it has been announced recently).
Both Airtable and Directual have profound form-building features. We cannot choose the leader here.
Basic backend is a database plus APIs (sure, often some backend logic is also needed—we will have a look at that a bit further). As we have seen, Airtable offers perfect database viewing features. Could it work as a backend? Let’s figure out!
No doubts, Airtable can merely be applied as a backend platform for an app. Directual, in turn, was made as a low-code platform for building complex and scalable backends.
App logic usually includes data transformation tasks, integrations, event-driven actions.
Airtable supports the very basic automations, and on the Pro plan only. Directual scenarios are the heart of the platform. They are available to all the users. Scenarios are powerful and flexible enough to implement any business logic.
Your app is going to be small (much less than 50k records in the database). You don’t need intensive data exchange experience.
Have a look how to connect Airtable and Directual.
Your Airtable-based app is growing. You need to connect additional services (e.g. Integromat or Parabola) to cover some backend-logic. API and database limits are about to be hit (or already have been hit).
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