Microsoft have recently started badging PowerApps plus Power BI plus Power Automate as the Power Platform. As an ex-accountant turned Power Platform developer I have started to consider the skills that my accounting life has given me, how they apply to the accounting profession generally and also the areas accountants might actually find difficult when it comes to solution development. A word of warning – I probably won’t go into the Lion taming bit very much in this article. I’m sure that there’s a self help group out there for you…
Let’s face it – it’s not always easy to see why our apps, and in this case canvas apps may not be performing well.
There are however a number of options available to us to enable use to monitor what the app is doing.
Firstly, as a developer we can turn on monitoring whilst editing the app as shown below.
Once the monitor is on, it will start listening to what’s going on, however you’ll need to go into play mode on your app to see what’s happening.
What makes the experience special is that if you have issues, particularly if there is a long string of code any warnings or errors are highlighted directly.
Additionally, you can add in your own code that will get picked up by the monitor. Below is an example of how to do this.
This deals with the developer side, but what if you have a user that can’t work with the app.
In this case they need to go to make.powerapps.com and then click on monitor.
You get a very similar experience, however the app must have been published since about Jun 2020 onwards, otherwise it doesn’t work.
The monitor screen opens and then you simply head to the screen below and select “play published app”.
Whilst this is by no means an exhaustive post, it should point you in the right direction for starting to debug you apps.
You can additionally share a link to the session using the invite option and when the user goes to https://make.preview.powerapps.com they can run the debug process on their screen and both users get to see the debug information on their screens. This is particularly effective if you want to see what it is really like for the user.
For this to take effect you must turn on the setting in the image below
Github is a recognised platform, owned by Microsoft for holding onto content that can be shared with others. It is geared towards developing software and I am going to hold new apps to be shared with others here.