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Apps Script V8 Runtime Explained For Non-Professional Developers

Learn how to use modern JavaScript features in your Apps Script code with the release of the Apps Script V8 runtime engine.

Somehow we missed this post from Ben Collins when it was originally published in February, 2020, but it is well worth visiting and adding to our V8 collection of posts. For those still catching up V8 is the new runtime for Google Apps Script which enables modern JavaScript syntax to be used in your code. Ben covers some of the basic differences now possible with V8, with lots of examples.

Source: Apps Script V8 Runtime Explained For Non-Professional Developers

How to Send SMS Messages with Google Sheets and your Android Phone – Digital Inspiration

Send personalized text messages to your contacts with the help of Google Sheets and your Android phone. The SMS messages go directly from your phone SIM, no third-party SMS service is required.

Amit Agarwal (@labnol) has highlighted a really interesting model to integrate G Suite with Android mobile apps using Google Apps Script and MIT’s App Inventor. In Amit’s example he illustrates how you can quickly create your own Android app as a proxy for sending SMS messages from a Google Sheet. Given the flexibility of App Inventor this opens up numerous other opportunities to integrate G Suite and your Android phone.

Source: How to Send SMS Messages with Google Sheets and your Android Phone – Digital Inspiration

Track Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases in India with Google Sheets – Digital Inspiration

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) tracker uses sparklines in Google Sheets to help you visualize the spread of the coronavirus outbreak across different states of India over time.

You can always depend on Amit Agarwal (@labnol) to come up with clever solutions. In this post Amit outlines how he uses Google Apps Script to collect/parse data from the Indian Government website so you can track COVID-19 cases. Already Andrew Roberts has used Amit’s solution to create another version of the tracker for Wales (UK). Ping us at @AppsScriptInfo if you make a variation for your own region and we’ll list it in this post.

Source: Track Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases in India with Google Sheets – Digital Inspiration

Apps Script V8: Multiple script files and namespaces – Desktop liberation

Apps Script doesn’t have a module loader system. If you’re used to developing in NodeJs, you’ll also be familiar with importing and exporting to include required modules in your project. With Apps Script, you have no control over the order in which multiple script files are executed. In Legacy Apps Script, there seemed to be some kind of workaround going on so that global statements were executed in a sensible order (I don’t know the details), but in V8 this is not the case. …

My golden rules are

  • Nothing executable should be in global space
  • Don’t rely on the order that things are processed
  • Minimize the number of executable functions (1 is good)
  • Always assume your code will be reused somewhere else.

Source: Apps Script V8: Multiple script files and namespaces – Desktop liberation

Apps Script V8: spreading and destructuring – Desktop liberation

V8 adds destructuring from  JavaScript ES6. Legacy Apps Script already had destructuring of arrays added fairly recently, but v8 gives full a destructuring capabilitity. These destructuring and spreading capabilities, which at first may again seem a little like syntactic sugar, have contributed greatly to  the development of state management frameworks such as Vuex and Redux for client side apps. V8 brings some of that cleanliness to Apps Script.

Source: Apps Script V8: spreading and destructuring – Desktop liberation

JavaScript V8 Arrow functions, this and that – Desktop liberation

V8 adds the arrow function declarator from modern JavaScript. This is a handy shorthand but it’s more than just that. There are some behavioral differences too that you’ll need to understand before diving in. The old way of declaring functions still exists of course, and there will always be a need for it.

More tips and guidance from Bruce Mcpherson for developers migrating code to the Apps Script V8 runtime.

Source: JavaScript V8 Arrow functions, this and that – Desktop liberation

Apps Script V8: Maps and Sets – Desktop liberation

Sets and Maps can often be a cleaner way of storing data than using Objects or Arrays, even though at first glance they may seem a little redundant. Unlike an array, they are aware of what else is in the map or set (so you can avoid duplicates), and unlike an object, you can use anything as the key – including the item value itself

Given many Apps Script projects focus on manipulating data Bruce Mcpherson provides a useful introduction to Maps and Sets.

Source: Apps Script V8: Maps and Sets – Desktop liberation

Apps Script V8: Template literals – Desktop liberation

It’s a shorthand way of using a template into which variables are subsituted in a string. This allows for better reuse of string structures, and a few other goodies besides (like all V8 additions, it’s more than just a syntactical spruce up)

Bruce Mcpherson has a very useful post highlighting the benefits of using the new V8 runtime when working with string output

Source: Apps Script V8: Template literals – Desktop liberation

Apps Script’s new V8 runtime | Google Cloud Blog

This update to Apps Script lets users take advantage of modern JavaScript features and enhances new or existing scripts with less verbose, more standardized code.

This post from Alexandrina Garcia-Verdin, better known in the community as AGV, highlights some of the benefits of the new Google Apps Script V8 runtime including succinct syntax and data processing operations: map(), filter() and reduce(). As part this AGV also highlights some of the resources from Ben Collins and Amit Agarwal put together to support the community transition to V8. A nice feature of this post from AGV is side-by-side comparisons of old and new JavaScript syntax:

Image source: Google

Source: Apps Script’s new V8 runtime | Google Cloud Blog

Replays from SheetsCon 2020 – the world’s first, dedicated online conference for Google Sheets users

SheetsCon 2020 was the world’s first, dedicated online conference for Google Sheets users on 11th – 12th March 2020.

We had 11 world-class experts talk about how they craft solutions using Google Sheets and G Suite.

Over the course of two jam-packed days, we had everything from deep-dive tutorials on specific topics to cutting-edge solutions across different industries. We had 1-on-1 networking opportunities, roundtable discussion rooms with other professionals and an Expo Hall with vendors at the forefront of the Google Sheets movement.

Listen to all the replays and access all the templates when you enroll for free.

Whilst this was Google Sheets focused there are a number of sessions that cover Google Apps Script and G Suite Add-on development. As well as the replays there are a number of linked resources you can also use.

Source: SheetsCon 2020 Replays

How to Generate a Report of Bounced Email Addresses in Gmail with Google Apps Script – Digital Inspiration

The bounced email report for Gmail lists all the email address that bounced. It also provides the response provided by the recipient’s server for rejecting your email.

Nice script example shared by Amit Agarwal for getting a bounced email report from your Gmail account.

Source: How to Generate a Report of Bounced Email Addresses in Gmail – Digital Inspiration

A Walk A Day Keeps The Doctor Away #GoogleAppsScript – plotting lat/long data on Google Maps

Nice little script snippet from Mariette Timmer which takes a .csv file with latitude/longitude points and plots them on a Google Map and sends the resulting image embedded in an email.

Source: A Walk A Day Keeps The Doctor Away #GoogleAppsScript

Adobe’s new Gmail add-on lets you access Creative Cloud – 9to5Google

Back in January, Google widely launched G Suite Add-ons to allow third-party integrations across products like Calendar and Drive. Adobe today announced a plug-in that lets Gmail users quickly access Creative Cloud.

“While new collaboration channels are all the rage, business email is actually on the rise with individuals sending and receiving more emails every day. Bringing Creative Cloud into G Suite enables our mutual user base to simplify routine tasks while staying productive in their inbox,” says Sid Arora, Product Manager, Adobe Creative Cloud.

Always nice to see well established third parties using Google Apps Script.

Source: Adobe’s new Gmail add-on lets you access Creative Cloud – 9to5Google

Google Developers Blog: Evolving automations into applications using Apps Script

Two years ago, our team began building custom software to automate the multi-stage and highly manual team staffing process. Building internal software has allowed the same-size Staffing Operations Team (3 members!) to enjoy a 60x reduction in time spent staffing each role.

The Apps Script ecosystem has emerged as the most critical component in our toolkit for building this internal software, due to its versatility and ease of deployment. We want to share how one piece of the staffing process has evolved to become more powerful over time thanks to Apps Script. Ultimately, we hope that sharing this journey enables all types of teams to build their own tools and unlock new possibilities.

Source: Google Developers Blog: Evolving automations into applications using Apps Script

Students use Google Apps Script to quickly identify overused words in a body of text

Great to see some new young Google Apps Scripters at work

Manage new employee equipment requests within Google Sheets – Sheets to Apps

In today’s episode of Sheets to Apps, @TechandEco will show you how to manage new employee equipment requests with Google Sheets.

See the video description for all the links you need including the reference documentation.

Things one can get used to for the V8 Google Apps Scripts engine

A bit of a monologue about various syntax changes and adjustments in learning and using the tool.

Great post from Adam Morris (@clssrmtechtools) aimed at Google Apps Script developers wanting to start coding with the more modern JavaScript syntax used in V8. Adam shares lots of great advice to get started and build upon.

Source: Things one can get used to for the V8 Google Apps Scripts engine

Why organizations build with Google Apps Script – YouTube

On the G Suite YouTube channel you’ll find a new playlist for “why organizations build with Google Apps Script” which contains contributions from Cleo Espiritu, Ivan Kutil, Niek Waarbroek and myself. Hopefully these clips are useful in encouraging users to look at Google Apps Script as a powerful and agile development solution.

Google Apps Script V8 variable scopes – var, const and let – Desktop liberation

One of the key things that V8 has sorted out is the scope of variables. Using var to declare variables meant that anything declared within the scope of a function could easily be accidentally overwritten, causing hard to track down errors. ES6 (since it’s commonly known as V8 in Apps Script – I’ll be referring to it as V8 from now on), has added const and let to the variable declaration vocabulary to help prevent these kind of problems.

With the introduction to the new Google Apps Script V8 runtime new opportunities are available for writing clean and robust code in the script editor using modern JavaScript syntax. In this post from Bruce Mcpherson you can learn some of the basics of var, const and let.

Source: JavaScript V8 variable scopes – Desktop liberation

How to track time with Google Calendar and sync to Google Sheets – Sheets to Apps

In this episode of Sheets to Apps, we will show you how to track your work time on projects via Google Calendar. More importantly, he’ll be showing you how you can sync Calendar events to Google Sheets, creating a spreadsheet that shows you the total time spent on your projects.

Short video highlighting Jasper Duizendstra’s G Suite Developer Solution Gallery contribution.  See the YouTube description for all the links you need.

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