PowerApps. Frustration.

These past few days I have a new found frustration for developing apps within Microsoft’s PowerApps platform. I’ve been tasked with developing an issues tracking system at work to help us keep track of various issues, tasks etc that come across my team’s desk. Sadly, they want me to develop using PowerApps so they can also use PowerBi measure performance for how quickly we manage to tackle these tasks, or are some tasks sitting there waiting for extended periods.

In contrast to my previous development task where I was able to quickly develop an app in a four-day period, I have been beating my head against a brick wall with this app. When using traditional database/app development techniques in developing this, I have found the combination of Sharepoint and PowerApps to be utterly painful, more so PowerApps. Every time I have attempted to connect combo boxes to queries I have been hit with delegation warnings or other errors. The documentation on the Powerapps site is rather scant, and searching for others suggestions consumes so much time and often I’ve not found what I needed; contrast this to when I’ve developed with PHP and have frequently found what I’ve needed quickly.

Thankfully, I did manage to make a breakthrough later this afternoon, though only after abandoning linking of lists and reverting to use of Choice lists, though even then it still took some work. I honestly would not choose this platform for development were I not pushed to, it’s not the best.

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