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Dynamic Data Source

I have created an app for a certain SharePoint site. I am using this same app for other SharePoint sites that have the same structure (tables, columns, etc.) To do this I know have to save the app with another name and replace the data source manually inside the app editor. It would be perfect to have just one single app where I can give the SharePoint site url, or site tables when opening the app.

 

An idea that comes to my mind would be to have the user select the SharePoint that he wants to connect to and do the data source connection relative to the user's choice.

 

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This is a great idea and would help me massively with connecting to sharepoint sub-sites.

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This would really help us, as we would like to automatically deploy a powerapp with a new Microsoft Teams Team as a tab with which to manage document archival.

Right now it looks like we have to build our own solution as Powerapps lack this feature.

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This is an absolutely essential deployment capability and should be a standard part of the PowerApps platform.

To expect every application developer to individual reconnect data sources to every deployment of an application is ludicrous!  That says basically that PowerApps is only good for applications that will always include custom implementation to get it up and running.

And what happens if you want to update an application?  Save it, redeploy it, reconnect it and retest it every time thewre is an update.  Absurd!

Come on guys, spend a little development time making it easier to deploy apps.

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Really hope this is implemented as the lack of a dynamic/variablized data source option makes the prospect of reconfiguring an app rather daunting.

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The idea mentioned about relative data positioning within a SharePoint is a good one.  Two additional thoughts along these lines:

  1. In addition to making this change to PowerApps, a change or option should also be added to SharePoint so you can copy tables with a relative pathname instead of a GUID when saving them as a template.  That way if you have any large or complex tables you don't have to recreate them or break open the export packet, modify it and re-package it just to get a copy of the tables.
  2. I'd also suggest we consider taking this beyond just the SharePoint domain and make it relative to any data source (e.g. if you point it to a database, as long as the required tables exist, then the reconnect is automatic as well).