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Develop My First Gmail Add-on via Google Apps Script: My Software Engineer Internship at dialoggBox

I’m a teacher-turned-developer actively searching my first software engineer job during the pandemic after graduating from Hackbright Academy. As a bootcamp new grad, I am lucky to get an internship opportunity to develop a gmail add-on product at dialoggBox to gain my first industry experience and learn how to work with stakeholders.

My article will be composed of three parts:

  • What service do dialoggBox and this gmail add-on provide?
  • What was my experience using Google Apps Script to build an add-on product?
  • How did I develop each section of the gmail add-on?

The actual details of the add-on developed by the author, Nancy Dai, are promised in a follow-up post but this post serves as a useful insight into the main things to look out for when developing Gmail Add-ons.

Bonus: Following the link to the dialoggBox website I spotted they were using icons from freepik.com which also took me their sister site flaticon.com, which in turn took me to their ‘Icons for Slides and Docs’ add-on.

Source: Develop My First Gmail Add-on via Google Apps Script: My Software Engineer Internship at dialoggBox

Workbook Statistics – a Google Sheets Add-on built using Google Apps Script (lessons in Add-on publication)

Get stats for your current active sheet & the entire spreadsheet in one place using workbook statistics – a g suite editor add-on built using google apps script.

A handy Google Sheets add-on from Sourabh Choraria that can give you an Excel like summary of the Google Sheet you are working on that can display information like the number of: filled cells, formulas, charts and more. This post is also worth reading if you are interested in tips for the Add-on publication processes, highlighting some of the pitfalls you can avoid. The code for the Add-on is also open source making it possible to reuse in your own Apps Script projects.

Source: workbook statistics – a google sheets add-on built using apps script

Google Developers Blog: Building G Suite Add-ons with your favorite tech stack

Let’s talk about the basics of G Suite Add-ons. G Suite Add-ons simplify how users get things done in G Suite by bringing in functionality from other applications where you need them. They provide a persistent sidebar for quick access, and they are context-aware — meaning they can react to what you’re doing in context. … Up until recently, G Suite Add-ons leaned on Apps Script to build Add-ons, but choice is always a good thing, and in some cases you may want to use another scripting language.. So let’s talk about how to build Add-ons using additional runtimes.

Google recently announced the ability to develop G Suite Add-ons using other frameworks other than Google Apps Script. This post on the Google Developers Blog introduces how you can develop G Suite Add-ons with something other than Google Apps Script.

Source: Google Developers Blog: Building G Suite Add-ons with your favorite tech stack

Build Apps Powered by Language with Semantic ML with the new Semantic Reactor Google Sheets Add-on

In this post, I’ll show you how to use beginner-friendly ML tools–Semantic Reactor and TensorFlow.js–to build an app that’s powered by natural language.

NEW: Semantic Reactor has been officially released! Add it to Google Sheets here.

We’ve previously highlighted how TensorFlow.js can be used in Google Apps Script. In this latest example the new Semantic Reactor Google Sheets Add-on published by Google Research is highlighted. Semantic Reactor is designed to make it easier to start exploring Natural Language Understanding (NLU) and with this tutorial you can learn how you can deploy your model to code.

Source: Build Apps Powered by Language with Semantic ML

Lessons Learned building an Apps Script Add-on | Two Octobers

After joining Two Octobers this March, I was overjoyed to be able to focus on building tools that we can use to help grow client revenues. One tool that I had percolating in the back of my mind was a Google-Sheets-based Add-on for building and managing Google My Business Posts. Our team, codenamed “Skunkworks”, got to work and built our Add-On, AgencyAutomators – POSTS. While in the moment it felt like one small step for each of us, it felt like a huge leap for Two Octobers. We learned a ton along the way that I’ll be sharing with you here.

A very comprehensive guide on the challenges and solutions for developing Google Apps Script projects in teams. The post has lots of tips and tricks Noah and his team at Two Octobers learned along the way including hurdles overcome as part of the Add-on publication process. Follow the link for more details.

Source: Lessons Learned building an Apps Script Add-on | Two Octobers

Building a Gmail Add-on with Apps Script

I recently sent an email where I typed code inline in the message body. I spent a good 15 minutes going through and formatting each line of code to look like, well, code. I wanted an extension like Code Blocks that would instantly format my text to a specific preset style.

A well chronicled article by Kelsey Kripp on how to dive right into Apps Script for G Suite to build your own Gmail add on!

Source: Building a Gmail Add-on with Apps Script

Code Blocks – Syntax Highlighting for Google Docs

Syntax highlighting for Google Docs

With the Code Blocks add-on for Google Docs you can create formatted code blocks using a wide variety of themes and language support for syntax highlighting. This is a great add-on for anyone wanting to create technical training materials in Google Docs.

Source: Code Blocks – G Suite Marketplace

Docs to Markdown Add-on

Drive add-on that converts a Google Doc to simple, readable Markdown or HTML.

This add-on is helpful for anyone doing technical writing or producing technical content. With Docs to Markdown, you can easily export the content of your Google doc for publication on a variety of other web-based platforms or CMSs.

Source: Docs to Markdown – G Suite Marketplace

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

G Suite Updates Blog: G Suite Add-ons now generally available in Calendar, Gmail, and Google Drive

Take action without leaving G Suite

Image credit: Google – Take action without leaving G Suite 

Last year we announced the beta of G Suite Add-ons, a new cross-suite platform that connects G Suite to your favorite workplace apps. Beginning today, G Suite Add-ons will begin rolling out to all users.

Whilst the Add-on ecosystem is being extended making them generally available to end users developers will have to wait until you can start developing new add-ons for G Suite:

Organizations can also build their own add-ons using Apps Script. Note that the developer feature will be fully available in early February

Source: G Suite Updates Blog: G Suite Add-ons now generally available in Calendar, Gmail, and Google Drive

Use Google Apps Script to Securely Share Google Docs

It actually is really easy to add the Virtru SDK to your project, as I’ll demonstrate through the construction of a “Protect & Share” Google Docs add-on.

I’m not familiar with Virtru but in this post from Trevor Foskett (Senior Solutions Engineer at Virtru) shows how their product can easily be integrated into Google Docs as an add-on. You’ll hopefully find this post useful to find out about Virtru as well as how client side and server side processing can be handled using Google Apps Script.

Source: Use Google Apps Script to Securely Share Google Docs

QUERYX allows you to use SQL queries in sheets

QUERYX allows you to use sql queries in sheets.

Those familiar with Google Sheets will probably want to know how this is different to the built-in QUERY() function, the answer is this is add-on enables a full SQL. Following the source link gives information on how to access this add-on.

Source: [PROMO] QUERYX allows you to use sql queries in sheets. – Google Groups

Goal Seek in Google Sheets – How To Use Goal Seek In Google Sheets

Learn how to use Goal Seek in Google Sheets. The Goal Seek feature enables you to change input values to make a formula result match the goal you specify.

We’ve highlighted the new Goal Seek Add-on previous in Pulse, but if you missed it or wanted to see some more practical use cases Ben Collins has expertly covered how to setup and use it.

Source: Goal Seek in Google Sheets – How To Use Goal Seek In Google Sheets

G Suite Updates Blog: Goal Seek add-on now available for Google Sheets

You can use the Goal Seek add-on to calculate the required value of a cell to achieve a desired value in another cell. This is particularly useful when conducting break-even analysis or sensitivity calculations, like determining how changing one value affects other correlated values in your sheet.

Interesting to see Google extending the functionality of Google Sheets with this official add-on

Source: G Suite Updates Blog: Goal Seek add-on now available for Google Sheets

Create a Branching Google Form – Teacher Tech

Alice Keeler’s architecture on designing your Google Forms to provide immediate feedback by utilizing branching options is fascinating and efficient.

Create multiple sections in your Form and add only one question per section that determines which section to jump to next. Answer correctly and the branching should take the student to the next question. Answer incorrectly and be taken to a section with a tutorial or hint and a chance to answer a new question.

Source: Fast: Create a Branching Google Form – Teacher Tech

How To: Add add-ons in Google Sheets – YouTube

A short promo video from the official G Suite account showing users how to install add-ons in Google Sheets, which developers might find useful to reference or see how to structure their own add-on videos.

Custom Formulas Made by Top Contributors

It’s been a while since we’ve posted updates on the Google Sheets Add-on “Formulas by Top Contributors”, but now the time has come around to make up for that !

Lots of other very useful utilities in this add-on which extends the formula/functions in Google Sheets including text matching with LEVENSHTEIN DISTANCE and JS_MAP & JS_SORT allowing you to include JavaScript syntax .sort() and .map()

Source: Made by Top Contributors

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