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Fast, operational, and awesome prototypes with Google App Scripts and the Airtable API

As of writing Google App Scripts and functions in the code.gs documents use the V8 Runtime which generally supports ES6 syntax. This wasn’t true historically, and Google Scripts was limited ES5 syntax. This was a significant limitation. You’ll likely still find a lot of tutorials for Google App Scripts using ES5 and related workarounds, keep in mind there may be more modern ways to do the same thing now.

If your teams are using G Suite tools and Airtable, the building blocks to build secure and operational web application prototypes may be closer than you think. This article shows you how to get started and offer tips along the way.

Source: Fast, operational, and awesome prototypes with Google App Scripts and the Airtable API

Fake calling to leave one meeting for the next — Google Apps Script to the rescue

All through the day, I want call reminders for specific events 10 mins before the meeting time, so I can leave my current meeting with out a hitch and go for the next one. So I used 3 tools for this: Google Calendar to fetch meeting times, Google Calendar to fetch meetings. Twilio to make calls. And finally Google Apps Script to put it altogether.

An interesting implementation by Urwa Shabir on managing meeting schedule using Twilio, Google Calendar and Apps Script.

Source: Fake calling to leave one meeting for the next — Google Apps Script to the rescue

Google Apps Script: Upload grades into a Google Classroom Coursework Assignment – Yagisanatode

Google Classroom has become one of the darlings of the teaching world that has come out of this crisis. Its shallow learning curve and attractive UI made it an obvious choice for most educators. Oh, and I am sure the fact that it is free helped too.
One of the limitations is that you cannot simply upload grades from, say Google Sheets or another assessment tool. Well…not directly in the Google Classroom platform, yet.

This tutorial runs through the basics of uploading grades from Google Sheets into Google Classroom using Google Apps Script with the Classroom API.

Source: Google Apps Script: Upload grades into a Google Classroom Coursework Assignment – Yagisanatode

Hacking it: Generate PDFs from Google Forms

Some time ago, I had a request from one of my colleagues to help automate a rather repetitive and might I add, highly prone to error, process. One of the clients required her to fill in the same form several times in a day, manually, and then send it back for approval and signing. Of course, I’m simplifying a bit but that was what it was in essence.

In this detailed post, Neha demonstrates how to use Google Forms to generate professional looking PDFs from the data submitted via the form, using Google Sheets and Apps Script.

Source: Hacking it: Generate PDFs from Google Forms

Delegating Client-Side Requests with google.script.run in Google Apps Script – Jeff Everhart

After a while, writing code becomes less about knowing all of the specifics of a language, framework, or platform, but more about being able to match patterns. After seeing a sufficient number of different problems, you get better at saying, “Hey, this bit of problem X seems a lot like this part of problem Y, maybe we could use that.”

In this post, learn about the Delegation Pattern that describes an object whose role it is to accept requests, delegate those responses to other objects, then return the responses to the original caller.

Source: Delegating Client-Side Requests with google.script.run in Google Apps Script – Jeff Everhart

How to make a Ladder Card game with Apps Script

In our foreign language classes, one of the classic activities we do to help students learn new language, is to print phrases onto card, then cut the cards up. We then write the answers on the back of the cards. They then place the cards on a desk and then go through the cards one by one, trying to remember the correct answer.

Here we’re going to make a simple ladder card game using Apps Script and Google Sheets.

Source: How to make a Ladder Card game with Apps Script

How to format cells through code in Google Sheets

If you had used the GUI to manage your custom formulas used for conditional formatting, then to see and manage that logic, you would have to find and select the correct cell, or select the entire spreadsheet, and then right click and select “Conditional Formatting”, or go to the menu and select “Format -> Conditional Formatting”, to actually see and edit that logic. Which can be quite inconvenient at times.

Set conditional formatting rules through your script, which would allow you to keep everything configured in a single script.

Source: How to format cells through code in Google Sheets

Grant access to resources 🚣 from a Google Sheet in G Suite

Use a Google Group to work cross-functionally with vendors, partners, customers, and volunteers outside of your domain, and scale access to work assignments and leverage security controls.

Share documents, events, and communications with users outside (or inside) your G Suite domain.

Source: Grant access to resources 🚣 from a Google Sheet in G Suite

YouTube Uploader – Let Others Upload Videos to your YouTube Channel – Digital Inspiration

Make your own YouTube uploader form and let anyone upload videos of any size to your YouTube channel. The uploader can send videos even anonymously without a Google account.

It is easy to upload videos to your own YouTube channel but there’s one limitation. Only the owner of the channel can upload videos to their YouTube account and they cannot delegate the task to someone else in the team.

Google Drive has the concept of shared folders. A folder can have multiple collaborators and anyone can upload files to that folder. Wouldn’t it be useful if such a feature were available for YouTube channels as well? You maintain a single YouTube account and multiple people can upload videos to your common account without the owner having to share their Google account credentials with anyone.

Source: YouTube Uploader – Let Others Upload Videos to your YouTube Channel – Digital Inspiration

Google Slides API — a deep dive on its powerful image manipulation methods

A post dedicated to devs and highlighting the power of the Slides API.

Use Google Apps Script and the Google Slides API to create a card game like Dobble.

Source: Google Slides API — a deep dive on its powerful image manipulation methods