ZenBase is a light-weight online data management and application builder for non-technical people such as sales staff, customer service reps, accountants etc, and technical people alike. It provides the tools for users to create powerful online applications quickly through its simple user interface.
Navigate your web browser to ZenBase and use the following details to login:
These login details give Administrator access to your ZenBase applications. During ZenBase beta period, we will email each beta user with their unique user name and password. Users can change their username and password after they login in.
ZenBase can be used to either manage existing applications or to create and manage new applications. If you logged in for the first time, you will be able to create your first ZenBase database application.
To create a new application, navigate to the application section (click "Applications" from the top menu and then click "Create Application"). You will now see all applications in your account (or none if there aren't any applications created yet).
PLEASE NOTE: Application name does not allow space or any special characters such as @,# \ etc.
Congratulation! You have created your first ZenBase database application. We now need some data for our application.
Data are the backbone of your ZenBase application. They hold all of your data and are the starting point of your application. The first step in creating a database-driven web application is to hook data. Data are represented in table in rows and columns. Each row is called a ‘record’. Data can be submitted into them through web forms or imported from external files. Data can also be exported.
To create a new table, click "Add Table" button, or the blue button with the white "+" in front of your table tabs at the bottom of the window (in the bottom left corner). If you're not seeing this button, this means you don't have permission to create new tables and you should contact the application's administrator.
At the moment of this writing, ZenBase supports importing of comma-separated values (CSV) files only. If you have Excel sheets you'd like to import into ZenBase, you should export these as CSV files from Excel first after which you can import the data into ZenBase.
When importing data, you can either use this data to build an entire new table, or to add data to an existing table.Importing data into a new table
PLEASE NOTE: Similar to application name, table name does not allow space or any special characters.
After clicking the button, you should start off by entering a name for your new table (make sure this name contains only alpha numeric characters: a-z, 1-9, underscored and dashes, NO SPACES!). Next, you should choose the file you'd like to import.
When importing a CSV file, it's possible that your file contains the column names on the first line of the file, if this is the case, make sure you tick the check box labeled "First row contains column names", this way ZenBase will use those column names to create your new table.
ZenBase requires all tables to have a primary key set, it will add a primary key column to your imported data as well. It will first detect wether the first column contains unique values, if it does, ZenBase will set this column as the primary key. If the first column does not contain unique values, ZenBase will add an additional column to your table which will function as the primary key (which will be set to auto increment).
The second way to use the data import function is by importing data into an existing table. To do this, bring up the table into which you'd like to import data. Next, the click the grey button labeled "Import data" which will bring up a popup. In this popup you can choose you're CSV file and upload it.
You have FULL control of your data. You can create, modify, delete any data in edit form by double-clicking a row.
Once tables are imported, you will have access to additional navigation tabs:
A column is similar to a database table column, which a set of data values of a particular type, one for each row of the table. Users can add new column or edit existing ones.
In the modal window, users can set column properties including column name, column type, default value, index, and position.
At the time of this writing, ZenBase supports the following column types:
Views are representation of your data; they are the screens; they are your user interfaces of your application. While "Data" and "Columns" are the administrative console only for the authorized users who manage data and build application, Views are for your application users who don't have access to your ZenBase account. They interact with the data through externally shared views and are limited to the functionality you provide for them.
Traditionally, a programmer had to use a scripting language to create web-based, database-driven applications. ZenBase automates this slow, expensive process and makes it fast and affordable. Views are created without any coding.
Views also can be used to capture data, edit data, provide search and query capability, and to visualize data. At time of this writing, two view types are supported.
The following two view types are coming up soon!
A grid, or sometimes called datagrid, displays data in a table format. It is used for presenting data in rows and columns. In a datagrid, you can enable edit option to allow data be editable. You will also have options to configure export type and search in results page. We also added themes taking from phpGrid, which is the core component for the grid view type. We are gradually porting more exciting features from phpGrid such as condtional formatting, grouping, and pivot grid to ZenBase.
After user creates a grid view, he or she will have access to additional settings for individual column in a grid.
In the column modal window, you can specify settings for each individual column that will be displayed in the datagrid such as column title, text align (left, center, right), edit type (select, autocompelte, button etc.), hidden, read only, required, etc. Click "Add another property" to add additional properties for a column. If you are accustomed to phpGrid API, it essentially adds graphic user interface to all the set_col_* functions. It couldn't be easier! We are working hard to port more features from phpGrid into ZenBase.
A Chart view presents data in visual, graphical form. Charts can be configured to have the following capabilities:
Finally, let's check out our view. Click on "Preview" button to display the view.
Example of an editable Grid view with pagination and "Humanity" UI theme:
Examples of Chart views:
Click on "Share" button to reveal the unique URL to a view.
In the Share View popup window, copy the unique URL into your page or destination to share with the world!
ZenBase allows users to attach notes to Tables. These notes can serve to describe what certain items are for and how certain items should be used. Notes for the current table can be created, edited or deleted.
The available Tables are displayed through tabs at the bottom of the screen when working on an application.
ZenBase offer benefits not available in traditional scripting or desktop software such as Microsoft Excel or Access: