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Bulk create Shared drives with permissions

Bulk create Google Shared drives with permissions all from a Google Sheet.

Bulk create Shared drives from a Google Sheet

Bulk create Shared drives from a Google Sheet

  • Provide the name of the Shared drive on each row in column A.
  • Provide the email address(es) of the Google Account(s) under the relevant Access level column (Manager, Content Manager, Contributor, Commenter, Viewer). Use a comma and a space to separate multiple email addresses, eg: [email protected], [email protected], [email protected].
  • Ensure you include at least one Manager – the script will check for this – so as to prevent creating a Shared drive that you are then unable to access.
  • On the ‘Config’ sheet provide the column numbers – leave the default values unless you change the structure of the ‘Data’ sheet and move columns around.
  • The ‘Log’ sheet should help to troubleshoot any errors you experience, but there will also be a popup message should the script fail at some point.

Source: The Gift of Script: Bulk create Shared drives with permissions

Google Apps Script – What a difference 5 years make – Episode 2 [Property Service and Spreadsheet Service updates] – Desktop Liberation

Image credit: Bruce Mcpherson

Image credit: Bruce Mcpherson

How google apps script has changed over the past 5 years. Episode 2 in a series of post covers the Properties Service and the Spreadsheet service

Bruce Mcpherson continues his look at changes in Google Apps Script over the last 5 years, this time looking at PropertiesService and SpreadsheetApp . This post is worth a read just to check you’ve not missed any new methods for working with Google Sheets, because over the last 5 years there have been many!

Source: Google Apps Script – What a difference 5 years make – Episode 2 – Desktop Liberation

Random and fake test data in Sheets with Google Apps Script – Desktop Liberation

Image credit: Bruce Mcpherson

Image credit: Bruce Mcpherson

Sometimes you need to generate some fake data for a spreadsheet. In this post I’ll cover a few utilities in 2 separate libraries that can help with this.

Bruce Mcpherson has put together a Google Apps Script library which is a port of Faker.js and elements of d3.js to make it easier to generate random data in your projects. You can see the full list of Faker.js methods which includes a wide range from names/addresses to dates to just lorem text. The library can also generate various fake datasets, strings and selectors.

Source: Random and fake test data in Sheets with Google Apps Script – Desktop Liberation

How to find and replace text in a Google Doc with a link or a list of links with Google Apps Script – Yagisanatode

Learn how to find and replace text with a link in Google Docs with Google Apps Script Document App with 3 different scenarios.

So you are a citizen Google Apps Script developer and you’ve decided to make yourself a mail-merge-type project where you want to create new documents from a template. … Now you want to take it to the next level and replace the text with a hyperlink containing the text and the URL. You might be scratching your head wondering where the replaceTextWithLink() method is or why you can’t simply chain the setLinkUrl() method without making a hyperlink out of the entire body of the document.

Another one of Scott Donald’s very thorough tutorials, this one exploring link creation in Google Docs.

Source: How to find and replace text in a Google Doc with a link or a list of links with Google Apps Script – Yagisanatode

Google Apps Script – What a difference 5 years make – Desktop Liberation

It’s been over 5 years since my book ‘Going Gas‘ was published, and Apps Script evolution means that a number of sections of it is now pretty out of date. I don’t think I have the energy to do a rewrite – so I’m going to do a critique, chapter by chapter, of where it’s now wrong as a way to show how much Apps Script has improved (or otherewise) over the years.

We recently highlighted how you could preview excerpts from Bruce Mcpherson’s ‘Going GAS’ book. Bruce has now followed up by using the book contents from 2016 to highlight differences in the current version of Google Apps Script.

Source: Google Apps Script – What a difference 5 years make – Desktop Liberation

Going GAS – Book preview on Google Books

Image credit: O'Reilly

Whether you’re moving from Microsoft Office to Google Docs or simply want to learn how to automate Docs with Google Apps Script, this practical guide shows you by example how to work with each of the major Apps Script services.

Bruce Mcpherson the author of Going Gas has recently highlighted in the Google Apps Script Community that a chuck of his book is currently available for free in the Google Books preview (133 of the 456 pages are available). Bruce highlights that since publication in 2016 there have been a number of changes in Google Apps Script most notably the move to modern JavaScript syntax in the V8 engine, but much of the content may still be of interest.

Source: Going GAS

Google Area 120 Tables Beta joins Google Cloud opening up access for all!

Image: Google Area 120

Last September, Tables launched in Area 120, Google’s internal incubator for experimental projects, with the goal of proving market demand for a solution to help teams organize and track work, and it was a success! Google Cloud has committed to investing in this product area long-term. Moving forward, the beta version of Tables will still be available until we release a fully-supported Google Cloud product – which we expect to complete in the next year.

If you are not familiar with the Tables Beta it is a collaborative data platform designed to make it easier for no/low coders to create workflows and automations. If you would like to see the Tables beta in action Co-founder & Product Lead, Carlin Yuen, joined us on Totally Unscripted in New workflow solutions with Tables and Google Apps Script.The Tables beta has so far been limited to users in the US. The source link provides more details about timelines and how non-US users can join the beta. [HT Ivan Kutil]

Source: Tables Beta Update & FAQ

Simple and maintainable error-handling in TypeScript

Sometimes things fail — that’s a fact of life and programming. So as a programmer, you’re going to have to write error-handling code. Thankfully TypeScript has some handy features which can help us to create simple and maintainable error-handling code.

James Elderfield recently joined us on Totally Unscripted to share some insights into the infrastructure used at Supermetrics used to support the development of their Google Sheets Add-on and Data Studio Connector. As part of their stack James highlighted how they used TypeScript to write code complied to use in Google Apps Script. This post isn’t Apps Script specific but provides some useful tips on using TypeScript for error handling.

Source: Simple and maintainable error-handling in TypeScript

Telegram Bot with Inline Keyboard in Google Sheets [and Google Apps Script]

Questa funzionalità permette di visualizzare, insieme al messaggio del bot, una tastiera virtuale con una serie di bottoni dove gli basterà cliccare su uno di essi per scegliere la sua risposta

[Google Translate: This feature allows you to view, together with the message of the bot, a virtual keyboard with a series of buttons where it will be enough to click on one of them to choose its response]

The accompanying video and post for this solution are in Italian and Google Translate might be required. This is a great resource and another example of a high quality video produced by the Apps Script community. The solution provides an overview of how you can display an inline keyboard within a Telegram Bot using a single Google Apps Script project.

Source: Telegram Bot with Inline Keyboard in Google Sheets

Get the difference between dates in minutes

The following Google Apps Script is designed to get the difference (in minutes) between 2 dates from a Google Sheet. This was part of a tool used to create events from data in a Google Sheet where I needed to get the duration of the meeting for Zoom. The actual date, hour and minute values are separated in columns as it was easier to control user input in that format, so we will need to piece them together.

Start and End date values in a Google Sheet

Start and End date values in a Google Sheet

Source: The Gift of Script: Get the difference between dates in minutes

Totally Unscripted: Developing a market leading Google Workspace Add-on – Behind the scenes @Supermetrics Thur 10 June at 1200 PDT / 1500 EDT / 2000 GMT+1

Over half a million people, including marketers, data analysts, and data engineers, use Supermetrics to move data from popular marketing platforms (such as Facebook, Google Ads, and HubSpot) to Google Sheets, Google Data Studio and other destinations. With 10% of global online ad spend reported through Supermetrics and a growing distributed product engineering team, management and testing of their Apps Script deployments is key. In this episode of Totally Unscripted we speak to Supermetrics founder, CEO (and Apps Script developer), Mikael Thuneberg, and Supermetrics senior software developer James Elderfield to find out about Supermetrics development infrastructure and approaches to testing and monitoring.

Find out how to developing a market leading Google Workspace Add-on at 1200 PDT / 1500 EDT / 2000 GMT+1 on Thursday 10 June 2021 and tune in live to join the conversation with our guest!

For previous episodes, information and resources visit https://tu.appsscript.info/

Google App Script Properties and Cache Services

Properties and Cache

Video showing the Properties and Cache Services available for Google Apps Script

  • The Properties and Cache Services are designed to hold data for use beyond a single run of a script.
  • The Legacy IDE had an option to see view and directly interact with the Script Properties. This is not available in the new IDE but the service still exists and can be interacted with via code.
  • The primary difference between the PropertiesService and CacheService is that key-value pairs in the Cache are automatically deleted after 25 minutes, while data in the PropertiesService persist until deleted via code (or manually from the Legacy IDE)

Interesting to see a growing number of video tutorials being produced by the App Script community. The latest we’ve come across comes from Spencer Farris who in this post provides an overview of the Properties and Cache service. Click through to the source post to watch the video and access additional resources.

Source: Google App Script Properties and Cache Services

Create Filters in Google Sheet using Google Apps Script

How to create filters in Google Sheets using Google Apps Script.

There are lots of ways you can filter data in Google Sheets and in this post Aryan Irani uses SpreadsheetApp.newFilterCriteria() to create a filter and then copy the filtered data to a new sheet. The post contains everything you need to know to filter data in this way.

Source: Create Filters in Google Sheet using Google Apps Script

Set permissions on a Shared drive with Google Apps Script

The following Google Apps Script is designed to bulk set permissions on a Shared drive. It has been created as a standalone Function that requires the ID of the Shared drive and manually entered email addresses for the relevant permissions.

This is how I first worked with it to learn what information was required and how to structure the content, before combining it all into a Google Sheet tool which will be blogged about in the near future.

Source: The Gift of Script: Set permissions on a Shared drive

How to Schedule a Google Meeting with Google Calendar and Apps Script – Digital Inspiration

This Apps Script sample shows how you can programmatically schedule video meetings inside Google Meet with one or more participants using the Google Calendar API. It can be useful for teachers who wish to schedule regular meetings with their students but instead of manually creating meeting invites, they can easily automate the whole process for the entire class.

Source: How to Schedule a Google Meeting with Google Calendar and Apps Script – Digital Inspiration

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