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What is Airtable? *Real-time spreadsheet-database hybrid *. Working with Airtable is as fast and easy as editing a spreadsheet. But only Airtable is backed by the power of a full database, giving you rich features far beyond what a spreadsheet can offer.

What is Jira? The #1 software development tool used by agile teams to plan, track, and release great software. Jira's secret sauce is the way it simplifies the complexities of software development into manageable units of work Jira comes out-of-the-box with everything agile teams need to ship value to customers faster..

Airtable can be classified as a tool in the "Spreadsheets as a Backend" category, while Jira is grouped under "Issue Tracking".

"Powerful and easy to use" is the primary reason why developers consider Airtable over the competitors, whereas "Powerful" was stated as the key factor in picking Jira.

Pinterest, Twitter, and reddit are some of the popular companies that use Jira, whereas Airtable is used by Zenefits, Hazeorid, and Cookly. Jira has a broader approval, being mentioned in 2128 company stacks & 1530 developers stacks; compared to Airtable, which is listed in 40 company stacks and 20 developer stacks.

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I'm trying to set up an ideally "no- code" way to have a backend of 3 different tables and be able to find a value in table #3 (contains businesses & cities) by first finding a record in table #1 (7,000+ zip codes) that corresponds to a city (table #2 has the unique cities), and then finding which businesses are located in these cities ( in this specific, original zipcode lookup). And return the business and a description via an API to a front-end results page, which happens to be a WordPress page - but doesn't need to be. I've tried Airtable's API, AirPress (a finicky WordPress plugin for Airtable's API), and I've looked at Sheetsu and a similar spreadsheet as backend and a simple API. I run into the issue where they work fine when you just need to query 1 table, but when you need to use the result from that query in another query to a different table. I'm back in SQL land - where sure it could be done with SQLite - needing to probably create an intersection table or a JOIN and build an API off of that. Is there a way to accomplish what I want without going back to SQL queries and some API?

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Max Musing
Founder & CEO at BaseDash | 5 upvotes 路 20.6K views
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You're right that there isn't a great way to join tables with Airtable's API. The closest you can get is to use a linked record field, which acts as a pointer to another record. You still end up with the problem you mentioned of having to run another query on the second table separately.

Your best bet is to stick with an actual SQL database. Using an ORM should make your life significantly easier so you don't actually have to write raw SQL. If you still want a graphical interface to your data, BaseDash lets you view and edit SQL databases just like Airtable. A full API with join support is coming soon, so that could be your perfect solution to this problem.

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Jakub Olan
Node.js Software Engineer | 4 upvotes 路 116.7K views

YouTrack feels much more lightweight than Jira and additionally have all of features that Jira have, of course lacks at some analytics features, but it's more powerful at permission management and agile workflow. Additionally YouTrack have awesome integration with other JetBrains products such as incoming JetBrains Space and all other IDEs such as GoLand.

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Pros of Airtable
Pros of Jira
  • 18
    Powerful and easy to use
  • 8
    Robust and dynamic
  • 4
    Quick UI Layer
  • 3
    Robust API documentation
  • 3
    Practical built in views
  • 0
    Great flexibility
  • 303
    Powerful
  • 253
    Flexible
  • 148
    Easy separation of projects
  • 111
    Run in the cloud
  • 104
    Code integration
  • 56
    Easy to use
  • 50
    Run on your own
  • 37
    Easy Workflow Configuration
  • 37
    Great customization
  • 25
    REST API
  • 11
    Great Agile Management tool
  • 7
    Integrates with virtually everything
  • 4
    Confluence
  • 2
    Complicated
  • 2
    Sentry Issues Integration

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Cons of Airtable
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    • 6
      Rather expensive
    • 3
      Large memory requirement

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    What is Airtable?

    Working with Airtable is as fast and easy as editing a spreadsheet. But only Airtable is backed by the power of a full database, giving you rich features far beyond what a spreadsheet can offer.

    What is Jira?

    Jira's secret sauce is the way it simplifies the complexities of software development into manageable units of work. Jira comes out-of-the-box with everything agile teams need to ship value to customers faster.

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    Reviews of Airtable and Jira
    Lead Engineer at WHOOP
    Review of
    Jira

    Most of my time in JIRA is spent

    • Waiting for pages to load
    • Clicking on links, because the information that I need is not available on the first pages I reach
    • Looking for the next link to click, because each page has a different layout and the bug title or the latest comment might be placed anywhere on the page

    Additionally, any time I search the documentation I get bug reports from years ago that appear unresolved or instructions for modifying the on-premesis installation (we have their cloud service).

    Software Engineer
    Review of
    Jira

    Compared to Bugzilla and Redmine, Jira requires a lot of manual configuration which can make project issues not compatible status-wise.

    How developers use Airtable and Jira
    shridhardalavi uses
    Jira

    It is used for bug tracking, issue tracking, and project management The basic use of this tool is to track issue and bugs related to your software and Mobile apps. It is also used for project management. The JIRA dashboard consists of many useful functions and features which make handling of issues easy.

    Ujjwal Bhujel uses
    Jira

    So much relief as you can track each and every issues, bugs, dev project and maintenance and a time machine when it comes to do that less interesting timesheet or daily status. Its a rescuer.

    DigitalPermits uses
    Jira

    We use a combination of Scrum and Kanban for our tasks. We focus more on the integration with Bitbucket to keep track of tasks and have bi-directional accountability.

    MOKA Analytics uses
    Jira

    We use JIRA because it's a single tool that can be customized to each of our business processes: product development, customer on-boarding, and internal operations

    Giovanni Candido da Silva uses
    Jira

    The agile process planing feedback and control is done in JIRA, with integrations in all places, like bitbucket code, confluence pages and build process

    PSESD uses
    Airtable

    Simple tracking tool for which customers (CBO's) and districts are on board with the system.

    Flux Work uses
    Airtable

    Rich feature set. Enjoyable UX design. Good integrations with several other tools we use.