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Airtable vs Stormpath: What are the differences?

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 Stormpath? User Management and Authentication for Developers. Stormpath is an authentication and user management service that helps development teams quickly and securely build web and mobile applications and services.

Airtable can be classified as a tool in the "Spreadsheets as a Backend" category, while Stormpath is grouped under "User Management and Authentication".

Some of the features offered by Airtable are:

  • Attachments
  • Link Tables
  • Fully mobile

On the other hand, Stormpath provides the following key features:

  • User Authentication as a Service
  • Authorization – Easily model and manage your data, including pre-built roles
  • Flexible User Profiles

"Powerful and easy to use" is the top reason why over 9 developers like Airtable, while over 26 developers mention "Authentication" as the leading cause for choosing Stormpath.

Zenefits, Hazeorid, and Cookly are some of the popular companies that use Airtable, whereas Stormpath is used by Stormpath, Forerunner Games, and Notify-e. Airtable has a broader approval, being mentioned in 40 company stacks & 20 developers stacks; compared to Stormpath, which is listed in 3 company stacks and 4 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
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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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Pros of Airtable
Pros of Stormpath
  • 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
  • 27
    Authentication
  • 21
    User Management
  • 19
    API Authentication
  • 17
    Token Authentication
  • 17
    Security Workflows
  • 16
    Secure
  • 7
    Great customer support
  • 7
    Easy setup and great support
  • 6
    they manage the required, so I can focus on innovation
  • 3
    Private Deployment
  • 2
    Will sign BAA for HIPAA-compliance
  • 1
    Rapid Development
  • 0
    SAML Support

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      Discontinued

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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 Stormpath?

    Stormpath is an authentication and user management service that helps development teams quickly and securely build web and mobile applications and services.

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