"One the things I wanted to play around with was visualizing this site content with d3. But first I needed to create something which would generate data from the site (any domain site actually). It's easy enough to modify for non-domain sites but I'm starting with domains, since that's what I have."
In this post I want to cover three things. First I want to introduce a little app I’ve developed which allows you to create a RSS feed for any of your Gmail labels (with the option to remove certain links – useful if you don’t want others unsubscribing you from mailing lists). Secondly I explain how it was made and how you can use it yourself. Finally I want to discuss how this could be used in an open course environment, utilising the vast processing power from services like Twitter and reusing there target marketing emails to your benefit with a bit of ‘dark social judo’.
What is Digest AuthenticationWorking with GAS, you'll probably be more familiar with oAuth2, which is supported well through the UrlFetchApp class. However some APIS still use Basic authentication, or the slightly more secure Digest Authentication"
Pre #io13 Apps Script community member Sergii Kauk has been digging around the Script Editor for new features. Here's what he's discovered so far: "Seems like #io13 will bring us a few cool features. There're DriveApp (with MimeType companion) and FormApp top-level objects already as well as something called BigNumber. In File menu you'll find "Upgrade authorization experience" command which turns authorization flows to OAuth 2. Finally, in doPost event object there's a new key called "postData" which I personally find one of the most interesting because it finally solves that nasty issue #2158 and makes GAS pretty handy for Glass development."
"If you're wondering what's next for Google Forms, the source code reveals that Google will add support for rich-text editing, embedding images and that Google Forms will integrate with Fusion Tables and Google Scripts (codename "maestro")."
"In this blog post, we’ll take a look at how we can actually use Romain’s [Gmail Meter] output, and generate a neo4j database that will allow us to visually and graph-ically explore the email traffic in our gmail inboxes - without doing doing any coding of course"
"Join GDG London in Skills Matter on April 17th to discover how to use Google Apps Script to extend Google Apps, with a talk from Google's Arun Nagarajan.
"I'm a big fan of Google Apps Script, but I'm really fed up of seeing "Execution time exceeded". Obviously data access times can be unpredictable, and although it can be improved through caching it's never going to be as good as a local Excel Workbook. But once you have the data loaded, how about processing speeds - shouldn't that be comparable ?"
" My goal was simple – get a search results page from seek.com.au, load it as DOM, run a CSS select to find the element that I need and write the value of that element into a spreadsheet that I use for tracking/analysis."
"The goal is to make a test component that pulls questions from a bank based on tags and assigned student. You can make questions from a UI or in the spreadsheet. I think with the hints, answers, reference, explanation widgets I'm (will) building, it will still be better than what can be built in the new FormApp tools. Please offer feedback or let me know if someone has already built a tool like this."
The Google Apps Script team have recently announced a host of new features. The three that caught my eye were: Script editor added to Google Docs and Forms Addition of the Forms Service which lets ...
Martin Hawksey's insight:
Thought I'd try out sidebar in Google Docs by replicating the MS Word Navigation Pane/Document Map. Didn't get jump navigation to work but reckon with a bit of jQuery I could get it to change document structure. Useful to find the current limitations.
Martin Hawksey of Jisc CETIS started playing around with discussion usage data in Canvas when he was participating in the Learning Analytics course in Canvas Network. Using Google's cloud scripting service Google Apps Script, free for Google Apps and Google account users, he could dig deep into the data and start doing some interesting (and valuable) analysis all from the comfort and familiarity of a spreadsheet.
Join us for this free 50-minute technical webinar on Friday, April 26th as Martin details his experience using the Canvas APIs and walks through building scripts to get meaningful Canvas data using Google Apps Script and the Canvas APIs.
Martin Hawksey's insight:
If any of you use Canvas by Instructure (or even just Learning Analytics in general) you might want to tune into this webinar I'm giving on next Friday (26th April) at 4pm BST (8am PDT/11amEDT). In Apps Script terms it won't be too advanced (mainly URLfetch and data reshaping) but might give you some ideas for what you can do in your own organisation.