Introducing formulas in Tines

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Written by Stephen O’BrienHead of Product, Tines

Today, we’re announcing formulas: a refreshingly familiar way to interact with data throughout your automated workflows.

Rather than invent our own special system to reference and operate on pieces of data, we've taken inspiration from a surprising source – spreadsheets.

How it works 

If you've ever used Excel or Google Sheets, you already know how to use Tines formulas. Of course, we support many of the classics like SUM and IF, but we also offer a growing library of hundreds of useful functions like HMAC_SHA256CSV_PARSE, and CHUNK_ARRAY – all battled-tested against real-world security use cases.

In spreadsheets, formulas in a cell usually refer to data in other cells. In Tines, formulas in an action refer to data in upstream actions. It’s as simple as it sounds.

Built for the whole team 

Tines has always been 100% no-code. For us, it's not just a buzzword: we know that automation only works out if those who know the underlying process best build and maintain it, not distant developers.

In this way, we’re proud to build on the legacy of spreadsheets, which gave new technical superpowers to billions in past decades, while remaining popular with power-users. We’ve already been amazed at the ingenious ways our users are applying formulas to their workflows, and we can’t wait to see what you build, too.

Get to know more about formulas in our product docs, or read on to discover the full story of formulas:

Formulas: from 1979, to Tines

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