In this post, we’re going look at how variables are set up and how they can store various pieces of information. We’re also going to look at reading and writing data from a spreadsheet, which is one of the most common tasks when working with one.
We offer a wide range of community contributions here on AppsScriptPulse. This one might be useful if you are just learning to code and want to understand some of the fundamentals or if you’ve been using Apps Script for a while learn about variable types available in the V8 runtime.
How to use Google Sheets to generate Razorpay payment links and easily accept payments from customers anywhere in the world!
Razorpay is a popular payment gateway in India that allows you to accept online payments from customers anywhere in the world. Your customers can pay with credit cards, debit cards, Google Pay, Walmart’s PhonePe and other UPI apps.
A great solution from Amit Agarwal for creating payment links in Google Sheets for Razorpay. The source post provides more details of how this works and setup required. The post also outlines how you can combine this with a mail merge to sort all your invoicing needs.
This article discusses row-level security in Google Data Studio and shows how community connectors can be used to overcome the limitations of the native feature when accessing data stored in Google Sheets.
I don’t think one of our summaries could ever do justice to this contribution from Pablo Felip. The post has a very thorough summary of row-level security and how Community Connectors coded in Apps Script can be used for additional levels of functionality.
With Google Apps Script, you can easily convert any HTML content into a PDF file. The converted PDF file can be either saved to a folder in your Google Drive, you can email the file as an attachment or the use the UrlFetchApp service of Apps Script to post the PDF file to an external service like Amazon S3 or Dropbox.
Learn how to validate specific users on a Web App, Google Workspace sidebar or dialogue box with Google Apps Scripts. In this tutorial, we will explore how to validate selected users to provide access to your web app. For our example, we validate users based on whether or not they have edit access to a Google Drive file ( a common occurrence). In the discussion, we will also look at alternative ways of validating emails.
Interesting solution for access control to a Apps Script web app by using a Google Doc share permissions as a proxy. The post contains all the code you need and a discussion of other approaches.
Build your own functions in Google Sheets that do anything you need them to in a few lines of code.
This is a great tutorial if you are interested in finding out more about developing custom functions in Google Sheets. The post includes everything you need to get started from handling single cell and range inputs, to documenting your function so that users see inline help.
As teachers gear up for the new school year, we’re glad to offer a free lifetime subscription to your school, college or university. 🥳
I’m sure many of you have come across Romain Vialard who has been contributing to the Google Apps Script community since the product was in beta.
Mergo, Mail Merge for Gmail, is one of the latest products to be developed by Romain and for Google Workspace for Education users the great news is that until the 20 September 2021 there is an offer for a free lifetime subscription! Follow the source link for more details.
Learn how to create your own Telegram bot with Google Apps Script and post notification messages from Google Sheets, Forms and other Google apps.
We’ve a couple of Telegram bot posts already shared in Pulse. The latest come from Amit Agarwal who shares his insight, highlighting some particularly useful functionality and use cases. More details in the source link.
Google Apps Script is an amazing language that can automate a lot of your work. However, working with GAS also means that you have to learn to live with its built-in limitations and quotas. One such quota is the total script runtime. …I have experienced that the time required to complete tasks like copying or even simply listing files on a drive or in a directory can be quite long. Merging hundreds or thousands of documents can also take longer than both thresholds. Now let’s look into how we can build a solution
Another community contribution looking at handling script runtime and this one is also worth looking into for tips on structuring your code. The tutorial includes lots of useful information and an explanation of what is going on and might be a useful example to look if you are interested in moving your Apps Script coding abilities to the next level.
This is a quick discussion of how teacher can respond to student work using block based coding.
This is a very interesting prototype which makes it easier for users to visually develop Google Apps Script code. Developed by Stephen Callahan as part of a Google Innovator Project, TeacherBlocks lets to drag and drop blocks to design your code and automatically create the required script to copy/paste into your Google Doc. Watch the video to see it in action or visit the source link to try it yourself.
Note! This tutorial is for Google Workspace for organisations and not the free consumer account, unfortunately. While the Google Apps Script docs provide a great example of how to get a list of users in a Domain on a Google Workspace account, it is not in the scope of the documentation to go into the weeds and explain all the ways we can search for all users.
In this tutorial, we will cover how to access your Google Workspace organisation’s user data, what data you can retrieve and how it looks, who can retrieve it and a couple of ways to display what you need.
Scott ‘Yagi’ Donald gives another thorough post for Google Apps Script users. Whilst targeted at Google Workspace users this tutorial has some great explanations of common Apps Script patterns, such as pagination and query parameters, that are useful to know when interacting with other Google APIs.
A Spreadsheet-bound apps script solution to conduct automated status monitoring on websites listed by the user in a Google Sheets management file. A separate status log file in Google Sheets will be created so that users can easily integrate data with BI services such as Google Data Studio. Notifications of changes in website status will be sent to the user’s Gmail. An optional setting to send notifications to Google Chat is available.
Nice example of using Google Chat for individual/group notification. The developer of this is also very responsive on Github if you encounter issues or have suggested changes.
For community members receiving these timely updates, this “bot” may seem magical. In reality, it’s neither magic nor a traditional Chat bot, so the reference in the Chat UI calling it a “bot” is a bit of a misnomer. The Google Updates “bot” is in fact a simple Google Apps Script application that parses the RSS feed about new posts, and sends them asynchronously to the room via webhooks.
We’ve highlighted the ‘Wexbot’ before both in a Pulse post and in a Totally Unscripted episode, but nice to see it also feature in the official Google Developers blog.
The basic principle behind tracking Google Sheet opens is the same as the one behind email tracking with a transparent pixel. In a Google Sheet, we will use the IMAGE()function, which will call a deployed Google Apps Script web app URL with some parameters in the query string. The web app will be able to do whatever you need among the following: record to a spreadsheet, create a message via a messenger, or simply send an email.
If your organisation is using Google Workspace Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise, or one of the other supported plans, you are likely taking advantage of the power of Google’s Shared Drives.
If you have decided to create a Google Apps Script project that needs to get a list of your Shared Drive (or a user’s shared drives in the case of a WebApp), then you might be scratching your head right now wondering how to get this list using the built-in DriveApp class.
Whelp, unfortunately, at the time of writing this article the DriveApp class does not have this functionality. However, it is pretty easy to access in a single line of code using an Advance API.
It is easy to search and replace text in Google Documents with the DocumentApp service of Google Apps Script. You can use use findText method with simple regular expressions to find text elements in the document that match a pattern and replace them with the specified text. All well and good but in some cases, this simple search and replace function may fail if the search text does not transform into a valid regular expression.
Some more regex goodness this time from Amit Agarwal who provides some very useful tips on escaping characters when using the
method. Click through to the source link for more details.
Google Apps Script is handy, and it will help you a lot in your work. However, as you use it, you may hit a big wall. That is the six-minute limit on execution time. As the official documentation states, the maximum allowed time per execution of Google Apps Script is 6 minutes.
If the script execution time reaches 6 minutes, the script will stop suddenly, and an error message “Exceeded maximum execution time” will be displayed.
For as long as Google Apps Script has been around there have been various solutions published for handling the 6 minute execution limit. This post from Inclu Cat presents a nice overview and solution for the execution limit.
I recently was processing some data using Apps Script, and needed to parse out second-level domain info from a bunch of URLs. This is definitely not the job for regular expressions, but it’s perfect for an npm module, psl, that uses the public suffix list.
But while Apps Script has come a long way, and features lots of ES2015+ goodness nowadays, it’s not possible to pull in arbitrary code from npm and run it directly. To work around this…
Jeff Posnick provides some guidance on how esbuild can be used to bundle npm libraries for use in Google Apps Script. For an alternative approach to this problem you might also want to check Adam Morris’ appscriptsModules.gs solution on GitHub.
There are many ways to push data from SQL Server to Google Sheets, including using Python or Google Apps Script. While Python is great for a heavy SQL query, I find it a bit of a hassle when it comes to scheduling. Meanwhile, Google Apps Script works perfectly well for middle-size SQL queries and the triggers make it very simple to schedule, there is also no need to use any API.
In this article, I will share with you how to push data from MS SQL Server to Google Sheets using Google Apps Script and the tips I learned when implementing the solution.
Continuing the SQL theme this post from Trang Nguyen Ngoc provides a useful overview and introduction for connecting to a MS SQL databases using JDBC service. The post is particularly useful as it contains some tips if you encounter issues with connection.
[Note: there have been some issues recently with the JDBC service and if you encounter problems we recommend checking the issuetracker]
While working on Sheets Workbook functions – converted to Apps Script I realized that I’d need to tackle the query language at some point, so I figured I may as well go the whole hog and implement a comprehensive SQL variant for Apps Script. Luckily though, I found alasql so with a few tweaks it was ready to go!
A couple Google Apps Script community contributors have shared solutions for using the AlaSQL.js library. Latest come from Bruce Mcpherson, which is included as the source link. If you use Bruce’s fiddler library his post is worth checking out as he provides examples showing how both libraries can be used together. Another version of AlaSQL.js you should look at is Alex Ivanov’s AlaSQLGS which also includes some data and code samples.
Learn how to sort your data in a Google Sheet in randomized order using Excel formulas and Google Apps Script.
Nice little snippet from Amit Agarwal which includes some Google Apps Script code for randomising the order of rows in Google Sheets. The code has some clever use of
More technically, this library can be used to send http requests via
, interacting with api endpoints in raw form. By bringing it down to a lowest layer on this platform, you get the following benefits:
All of the options, features, and abilities that are available. No compromises.
Ability to batch the requests in bulk. Performance can be significantly improved and run times lowered.
If you’re looking for a way to duck under the
minute limit to your scripts, the last bullet point should be particularly interesting.
Keep up to date with any feed by having new posts published to a Google Chat room using Apps Script and Webhooks. Feeds included in this example are various official Google blogs.
This is a nice solution developed by Justin Wexler which provides an easy solution which can monitor a list of blogs and post any updates to a Google Chat room. The source post provides more detail on setup and how to use the code with your own Google Chat rooms. The code also provides a useful pattern for monitoring updates from RSS feeds.