2014 has been an eventful year for Google Apps Script with some great new capabilities arriving (add-ons), as well some useful ones (ScriptDB) being deprecated. In this post I'll cover my highlights and lowlights of the Apps Script year, and would love to have your opinions on
* did I miss anything significant this year, and do you agree with my comments?
* what do you think the best thing that happened this year in Apps Script?
* .. and the worst ?
* what an 'apps script bucket list' should contain.
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"If you like to deploy your GAS project with command line tools, you can check the tool, gdcmdtools. It supports the GAS project import and export. After that you can manage your GAS project easily with version control system(ex: git)."
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Martin Hawksey's insight:
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Mandy Waite "A new tutorial for doing real-time logs analysis with with Fluentd and Google BigQuery. Covers the following steps (requires some billable components of Google Cloud Platform): - Run an nginx web server in a Google Compute Engine instance. - Log browser traffic to that server using Fluentd. - Query the logged data using the BigQuery web UI and using Google Apps Script from a Google Spreadsheet. - Visualize the query results in a chart within a Google Spreadsheet that automatically refreshes."
"Back in November 2014, we announced that older spreadsheets (those created prior to Dec 2013, including any subsequent copies) would start being gradually migrated to the new version of Google Sheets for Google Apps domains on the Rapid release track, with Scheduled domains to follow
...Simpler spreadsheets will be upgraded first, while those that use Apps Script and more complex features will be migrated weeks to months later to ensure a seamless transition."
"It's common for Google Analytics users to use spreadsheets to analyze their Google Analytics data or combine it with another data source. But exporting your data from Google Analytics to Google Sheets is a manual process, and it can be tedious if you run reports frequently or manage multiple accounts. With the release of Add-ons for Google Sheets, getting your Google Analytics data into Google Sheets has never been easier!
Add-ons allow you to extend the power of Google Sheets by automating common tasks and integrating with external services. The Google Analytics Spreadsheet Add-on allows you to access your Google Analytics data, right from within a spreadsheet!"
Martin Hawksey's insight:
Great to see Google Apps Script being used and promoted by other Google product teams :)
"Release notes for update to Apps Script DbAbstraction libraries.
Lots of changes - a brief summary of the highlights.. * transactions now implemented, with rollback for selected drivers * a new driver - scratchDB - this is a transient database that sticks around for as long as you use it, otherwise it cleans itself away * updates to Orchestrate to be able to same complex queries as other back ends"
"You are probably familiar with the Google Apps Script Lock Service, which is a way of preventing concurrent access to sections of code. It works well, but the problem is that it's a fairly blunt instrument.
Let's say that you want to use the same code to deal with multiple resources - say a spreadsheet tab. With lock service you'd lock all spreadsheet tabs that were accessed by that code. This is especially a problem if you are using shared libraries which may be accessed by many people accessing many resources."
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