" I frequently use Google Spreadsheets as a lightweight database, by setting up some columns, encouraging my colleagues to update it, and subscribing to notifications of changes. Then I export the spreadsheet as JSON and update a json file in our codebase. Sometimes I also just use the jsonp output of a published spreadsheet, but if I'm worried about performance or the information getting mis-updated, then I'll use the export-and-update approach. In order to export it as JSON, I used to use a Google Spreadsheets Gadget but now that those are deprecated, I use a Google Apps Script."
"A while back Jo Gilham wrote a blog post about using Google App Scripts to automate certain process related to the university VLE. App scripts are little bits of code that are inserted into an app such as Google Docs, Spreadsheets or Forms that will trigger certain events: for example, it will send a templated email/document when certain conditions are fulfilled such as someone completing a form. I remember reading it and thinking I would love to try this but I’ve always been put off by anything that looks remotely like programming code."
"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")."
"During a recent Google Apps migration project, we received several requests to create custom groups of contacts so that users could more easily email frequent collaborators. Before switching to Google Apps, users created their own private distribution lists — but this approach led to overlapping groups that quickly fell out of sync.
The problem was a perfect case for Google Apps Script. We built a great solution that gives users as much power as possible with just a quick administrator review."
"We've shown you the wonders of Markdown as great for your to-do lists and notes. If you love Markdown too but you're stuck with a bunch of Google docs that aren't in the format (but need to be), this Google Apps Script converts them instantly."
Gmail uses schema.org markup to accelerate user actions and to highlight the most important information users need from an email.
Gmail supports 4 types of actions and 1 interactive card:
RSVP Action for eventsReview Action for restaurants, movies, products and servicesOne-click Action for just about anything that can be performed with a single clickGo-to Action for more complex interactionsFlight interactive cards
Martin Hawksey's insight:
This tutorial shows how you can use Schema in Gmail with Apps Script
" 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.
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