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Google Apps Script – Stack Overflow growth trends and predictions 

Stack Overflow in 2023: Predicting with ARIMA and BigQuery – Can you predict the top Stack Overflow tags of 2023? BigQuery makes this easy, with its new support for training time-series analysis models with ARIMA.

Felipe Hoffa has prepared an interesting post looking at current Stack Overflow tag usage and future trends. You can read more details about the trends for the big hitters like Python and JavaScript in the source blogpost. Felipe’s post also gives you the opportunity for a little ‘exploratory analyses’ as he has also provided a link for you to play with an interactive dashboard on Data Studio.

Felipe mentioned in a tweet that  the prediction was Google Apps Script was to continue to grow:

Given this I decided to have a look at the google-apps-script tag and a couple around it in the Data Studio dashboard and came up with this:

Stack Overflow tag trends: Historic + predictions

Stack Overflow tag trends: Historic + predictions
By @felipehoffa
Read more: bit.ly/arima_so

So Google Apps Script, continuing to grow, currently more viewed than Google Cloud Platform and on a par with FFmpeg ;)

Source: Stack Overflow in 2023: Predicting with ARIMA and BigQuery

All about Apps Script – Presented at 24hrs of Google Cloud Talks by DevRel

It’s serverless, it’s integrated, it’s JavaScript. Google Apps Script is a powerful enterprise ready productivity and rapid application development platform that makes it fast and easy to create business applications that integrate with G Suite. In this session you will provide an introduction to the Google Apps Script platform and highlight some example solutions that you can start using today.

Talk presented at 24hrs of Google Cloud Talks by DevRel on 23 June 2020 by Martin Hawksey

Slides – https://go.alt.ac.uk/24hr

Taking Advantage of Google Apps Script (Tanaike’s list)

Kanshi Tanaike is a prolific Google Apps Script developer and we’ve often featured solutions are reports that Tanaike has shared. With this in mind Tanaike’s list of Google Apps Script resources is well worth a browse.

Source: tanaikech/taking-advantage-of-google-apps-script

Theatre by email: This unique virtual project lets you ‘teach’ an AI how to feel | CBC Arts

As part of the Rex Project, the audience is emailed collages like this one. It illustrates the details from the AI's "simulation reports." (The Rex Project)
As part of the Rex Project, the audience is emailed collages like this one. It illustrates the details from the AI’s “simulation reports.” (The Rex Project)

It’s a one-man operation, so it’s just me. I’ve been playing around in Google, and they have a really cool service called Google Apps Script, and basically it’s a little programming language that lets me automate their services. So I’ve been writing a code that triggers the emails.

There’s not much detail as to how Apps Script was used in this art installation but it’s always nice to see script and art combine. The project is described as:

In a futuristic world, where the integration of human memories and computer cores has created artificially intelligent androids, companies are mass-recruiting employees to fast-track production. You, the listener, are hired to be an integral part of the quality-control in the emotional development sector. The Rex Project (workshop presentation) is an immersive, virtual, bite-size theatrical experiment that takes place in real time (over 11 days), and is presented entirely through audio-recordings and online platforms.

Rex Project

Source: Theatre by email: This unique virtual project lets you ‘teach’ an AI how to feel | CBC Arts

Firefast is a Firebase SDK for Apps Script V8 Runtime. Read and write data in Firebase using Google Apps Script

Firebase Realtime Database is a cloud-hosted NoSQL database. Data is stored as JSON and can be accessed in your Web, iOS, Android app using Google’s Firebase SDK. But, Google doesn’t provide such SDK for Apps Script. This library solves that problem. It gives you Firebase SDK for Apps Script.

Nice Google Apps Script library from Mani Doraisamy that makes it easy to read/write data from a Firebase Realtime Database. The site also highlights the performance gain of writing this library from the V8 runtime compared to the older FirebaseApp library shared by Romain Vialard. Mani’s code is open source and if you have issues, feedback or contributions you can add these via the Github repo.

Source: Firefast – Getting Started

Take Your Business Online Integration to a Whole New Level with 56 Hours of Instruction on Google Scripts, Apps, Projects & Tips — Source Code Included

The training in The Increase Your Google App Productivity with Google Script Bundle can show you all you need to know to navigate the entire scene like a pro.

The training starts the introductory level Google Apps Script Complete Course: Beginner to Advanced. Here, even first time users get a velvet glove experience learning Script, how it operates and the ways you can use it to power up your app projects immediately.

For those of you who track Google Apps Script with Google Alerts your inbox is probably full of notifications about this Google Apps Script course provided by Google Developers Expert Laurence Svekis. Don’t delay to get this course discount…

Source: Take Your Business Online Integration to a Whole New Level with 56 Hours of Instruction on Google Scripts, Apps, Projects & Tips — Source Code Included

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

Benchmark: Loop for Array Processing using Google Apps Script with V8

Benchmark: Loop for Array Processing using Google Apps Script with V8 – submit.md

Kanshi Tanaike has published some useful benchmarks looking at the process time for various loop methods comparing the old Google Apps Script runtime with V8. Something to keep in mind that while there are performance improvements there is a cost as calls to G Suite services:

Source: Benchmark: Loop for Array Processing using Google Apps Script with V8

ES 6 Features for Google Apps Script: Template Literals – Jeff Everhart

In this post, I look at using template literals, an ES6 feature now available to Google Apps Script developers, to create dynamic multiline strings.

Source: ES 6 Features for Google Apps Script: Template Literals – Jeff Everhart

Now Write your Google Scripts using Modern JavaScript ES6 – Digital Inspiration

Google Apps Script has made the switch to Chrome V8 JavaScript Engine. You can now write your Google Scripts and GSuite addons directly in ES6 but with a few caveats.

Source: Now Write your Google Scripts using Modern JavaScript ES6 – Digital Inspiration

JSJ 419: Google AppScript with Ben Collins

Today’s guest is Ben Collins, who creates online courses, writes tutorials, and teaches workshops around G Suite and App Script. Apps Script is a scripting platform developed by Google for light-weight application development in the G Suite platform. It is an implementation of JavaScript with the express purpose of extending Google apps.

Ben Collins is the guest on episode #419 of the Javascript Jabber podcast to discuss using Google Apps Script with Google Sheets.

The conversation includes Ben’s usage of automated sentiment analysis of feedback from his courses.

Source: JSJ 419: Google AppScript with Ben Collins

SHEETSCON 2020 – Free Online Conference for Google Sheets Users, 11-12 March, 2020 

SHEETSCON 2020

Come and celebrate Google Sheets at SheetsCon 2020, the world’s first, dedicated online conference for Google Sheets users.

Listen to world-class experts talk about how they craft solutions using Google Sheets and G Suite.

Over the course of two jam-packed days, you’ll hear everything from deep-dive tutorials on specific topics to cutting-edge solutions across different industries. You’ll have the chance to network with other professionals and meet vendors at the forefront of the Google Sheets movement.

Looks like a great event being hosted by Ben Collins for Google Sheets users. Click through to the SheetsCon 2020 website for the full agenda and free registration

Source: SheetsCon 2020

 

AppSheet purchased by Google Cloud – News – Google Groups

Google Cloud has acquired AppSheet. Do I care? At first I thought, “Not really, it’s just interesting news.”

I guess that I do care in the sense that I want to be valued as a programmer, and no-code development feels like programmers are being thrown away in favor of something else. The driving force behind this is development costs. Even if an independent programmer only charged $5 dollars an hour, in two hours the customer would have paid $10 dollars, which is twice as much money as the $5 a month AppSheet plan.

It was recently announced that Google has acquired AppSheet a low-code platform for business users that lets you build applications that can integrate into a variety of sources including Google Sheets. This has resulted in an interesting thread on the Google Apps Script Community Google Group linked to from the source link at the end of this post, in particular, impact on Apps Script developers. On the one hand you can argue that products like AppSheet, with there low/no code environments remove the need for developers. However, the general consensus on the thread is rather than removing developer opportunities it may in fact create them with opportunities to extend the basic functionality of AppSheets. This comment from Alan Wells in particular caught my eye:

What AppsSheet does, is increase the number of apps and code being created, as opposed to lots of business creating no apps at all.  It’s kind of like, you need a lot more mechanics if everyone can afford a car.  If only the rich can afford a car, then there aren’t going to be many car mechanic jobs.  So, I think that AppSheet is filling a need, which increases the number of apps.  Some of those apps will crash, and they’ll need the equivalent of an auto body technician to repair the damage.  This is part of the evolution of the computing industry.

You can join in on this discuss using the following link:

Source: AppSheet purchased by Google Cloud – News – Google Groups

Google Apps Script growth analysis based on Stackoverflow analysis

Source: Kanshi Tanaike

An interesting analysis prepared by Kanshi Tanaike of the ‘google-apps-script’ tag usage on Stackoverflow which shows that since 2016 there has been an increase in questions related to the tag with a bigger increase in 2019. Clicking through to the source post you’ll also see the data shows that new users asking questions about Google Apps Script is growing quicker than those who are answering them.

Source: Trend of google-apps-script Tag on Stackoverflow 2020

G Suite Training & Automation 20-21 February 2020 F2F and Online organized by SW gApps LLC

G Suite Training & Automation Conference Speakers

SW gApps LLC is hosting a G Suite and automaton training conference for organizations who have invested in Google’s productivity software known as G Suite. Send your associates to be more equipped and productive!

SW gApps LLC which is run by long time Google Apps Script contributor Steve Webster is running a two day training event for anyone interested in G Suite. Speakers and trainers include James Ferreira (Google, G Suite Specialist), Alexandrina Garcia-Verdin (Google, G Suite Developer Advocate [remote]) Ben Collins (Google Developer Expert and Google Sheets Developer & Data Analytics Instructor) as well as Steve Webster and Eric Schwartz from SW gApps LLC. There is an early bird registration available until February for either attending in-person or a reduced fee for remote attendees. You can follow the source link for more details.

Source: G Suite Training & Automation

[Promo] Free book: “Introduction to Google Apps Script” – Google Groups

I finished my free book on Apps Script  by a long chapter about “Google Assistant with Apps Script”.

I’m often asked for resources to help people with getting started in Google Apps Script. Noted French computer scientist Jacques Chazarain has published a free ebook which looks like an ideal resource and is available in both French and English.

Source: [Promo] Free book: “Introduction to Google Apps Script” – Google Groups

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

New blog on Google Apps Script for Education – Peter Whitehead

Peter Whitehead is Head of Mathematics in a large Further Education College in London, UK and has started a blog sharing “Google Apps Script code that will make life easier for teachers, educational managers and educational IT support”.

You can follow Peter’s work at www.gas4edu.com

G Suite Developers Blog: Sheetcaster: 3D in Apps Script

Sheetcaster: 3D in Apps Script

Guest post by Thomas Coudray, Amaury de la Vieuville, and Ahmed Bougacha. Thomas, Amaury, and Ahmed attended the Google Apps Script Hackathon in Paris, and in this post they are sharing their creative use of Google Apps Script to render a 3D scene in a Google Spreadsheet

An old project but hopefully something nice to delve into for the weekend…

Source: G Suite Developers Blog: Sheetcaster: 3D in Apps Script

The Google Apps Script Awesome List – Alexander Ivanov

The usual list of links to interesting resources for Google Apps Script – contributorpw/google-apps-script-awesome-list

Alexander Ivanov has been curating this amzing list of Google Apps Script related resources for a number of years. The list includes links to a number of useful resources, cool Apps Script code projects, libraries and more.  If you have a suggestion for the ‘awesome list’ you can open an issue ticket.

Source: contributorpw/google-apps-script-awesome-list

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