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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 · 39.5K 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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Let me introduce you to integromat. It connects these services without you having to work any code. And it even has a decent database built inside it.

It makes is an easy process to develop multistep workflows with multiple services and it’s free tier is surprisingly functional.

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Jakub Olan
Node.js Software Engineer · | 4 upvotes · 200.1K 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
  • 19
    Powerful and easy to use
  • 8
    Robust and dynamic
  • 5
    Quick UI Layer
  • 4
    Practical built in views
  • 3
    Robust API documentation
  • 0
    Great flexibility
  • 306
    Powerful
  • 253
    Flexible
  • 148
    Easy separation of projects
  • 113
    Run in the cloud
  • 105
    Code integration
  • 57
    Easy to use
  • 51
    Run on your own
  • 38
    Easy Workflow Configuration
  • 38
    Great customization
  • 26
    REST API
  • 11
    Great Agile Management tool
  • 7
    Integrates with virtually everything
  • 6
    Confluence
  • 3
    Sentry Issues Integration
  • 2
    Complicated

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Cons of Airtable
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    • 8
      Rather expensive
    • 5
      Large memory requirement
    • 2
      Slow
    • 1
      Cloud or Datacenter only

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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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