I am currently using the Database Plugin to gain access to functions that are not available in Bubble.
I signed up for a Postgresql db at http://www.elephantsql.com/
I then created a query to do string concatenation (for example - I realize you can do string concatenation in Bubble, but imagine a more complex example)
I can then use that in my app:
I would love to avoid the extra api calls, but for the moment, it is a good workaround. Thoughts? Anyone doing something different to gain access to basic functions?