AppsScriptPulse

Google Apps Script community contributions —Summary of 2021 — Aryan Irani

As this amazing year comes to an end, I decided to note down all my blogs, videos in the past year. This has been an amazing year for me academically and professionally. I have passed all my engineering exams and am in my 3rd year of engineering. I am also constantly helping my college automate internal processes using Google Apps Script and Google Workspace. You can check them out in the blog link given below

Looking at his summary post from Aryan Irani we’ve clearly not been able to keep up here on Pulse with the volume of content that they have published. The summary post linked here is an opportunity to review some of Aryan’s top community contributions from this year.

Source: Summary of 2021 — Aryan Irani

Getting started with Google Apps Script – Aryan Irani

Image credit: Aryan Irani

In this course, we will be covering the basics of Google Apps Script and working our way by working with Google Sheets, Google Workspace API’s and more. After working with variables, operators, loops in Google Apps Script, we will be working with Google Sheets, where we will start out by getting and setting values in Google Sheets, followed by doing some amazing projects in Google Sheets and Google Apps Script. After working with Google Sheets, we will work with Google Forms, Google Classroom, YouTube and more.

It’s always pleasing to see new Google Apps Script courses being published. The latest one we’ve spotted has been created by Aryan Irani and hosted on Udemy. We’ve not taken this course but the landing page contains an overview and previews of some of the video content.

Source: Getting started with Google Apps Script – Aryan Irani

Totally Unscripted: Building successful Add-ons for Google Workspace – 24 November at 1200 PT / 1500 ET / 2000 GMT

The next episode of Totally Unscripted is scheduled usual time Wednesday 24 November. For the episode we are looking at ‘Building successful Add-ons for Google Workspace’, joined by two top add-on developers, Romain Vialard, Founder of Scriptit & John McGowan, CEO of Unicorn Magic, and Elena Kingbo, Program Manager on the Google Workspace Platform team and involved in the Google Workspace Marketplace:

The Google Workspace Marketplace offers users and administrators alike a wide variety of third party solutions that extend Google Workspace. Creating a successful add-on for the Marketplace takes more than a bit of luck to stand out from the crowd. In this episode we will chat with two purveyors of well-known add-ons Romain Vialard, Founder of Scriptit & John McGowan, CEO of Unicorn Magic, to hear what it takes to create a thriving business in the world of Workspace Add-ons. Also joining us will be Elena Kingbo, Program Manager on the Google Workspace Platform team, who helps guide developers through their Add-on journey.

As always the show is broadcast live and you can ask questions via chat, but also interested to hear in advance any of your burning questions for our panel using the comments section below or tweeting them to @AppsScriptInfo. What are your pain points? If you haven’t published a Workspace Add-on what are the blockers? Or anything else you would like to hear more?

Totally Unscripted: What’s new in the world of Chat Apps? – 17 November at 1200 PT / 1500 ET / 2000 GMT

For our next episode of Totally Unscripted we look at Google Chat, specifically Google Chat Apps. As part of this we will be joined by Aidha Shaikh who leads the Chat App strategy at Google. This episode will be broadcast live and you can join the conversation in the YouTube Live chat.

Chat bots (aka Chat Apps) offer developers a framework for building solutions within conversations and direct messages inside of Google Chat. As Google Chat has become a more integral part of Google Workspace, Chat Apps have evolved to offer developers new capabilities which in turn creates opportunities for richer interactions, integrations and workflows. In this episode, we will discuss “What’s new in the world of Chat Apps” with Aidha Shaikh, Product Manager on the Google Workspace Platform team, who leads the Chat App strategy at Google.

Google Workspace Recap E044: Google DevRel team members Charles Maxson and Steve Bazyl talk about the Workspace Developer Ecosystem

We welcome two amazing members from the DevRel (Developer Relations) team this episode.

Charles Maxson is a Developer Advocate at Google where focuses on inspiring developers of all types to build solutions that leverage Google Workspace as a platform.

Steve Bazyl is a Developer Relations Engineer and Advocate at Google and has worked with various Google Workspace APIs and partners for over a decade. Google Workspace Developer Links

Totally Unscripted co-host, Charles Maxson, and regular guest Steve Bazyl recently featured on the Google Workspace Recap podcast talking about recent trends and development within the Google Workspace developer ecosystem.

Totally Unscripted: How SADA builds on Google Workspace – 3rd November at 1200 PDT / 1500 EDT / 1900 GMT

Totally Unscripted returns on 03 November at 1200 PDT / 1500 EDT / 1900 GMT (earlier time for those not watching in North America), this time joined by guests Kelly Wright (Director of Google Workspace, SADA) and Kevin Tuuri (Solutions Architect, SADA):

SADA is a Google Cloud Premier Partner that focuses on Google Cloud consulting, migration and deployment, custom development, user adoption, and change management services. As an industry leader in helping organizations implement Google Workspace, SADA has developed a practice area that builds custom solutions as unique as their customers. In this episode of Totally Unscripted, we will hear from Kelly Wright, Director of Google Workspace, and Kevin Tuuri, Solutions Architect, about how they help customers get more out of Google Workspace by customizing they way they use it. This episode will be broadcast live and you can join the conversation in the YouTube Live chat. – https://youtu.be/b_wiI8InwC0

Totally Unscripted: The Pulse of the Google Apps Script Community WEDNESDAY 27 October at 1200 PDT / 1500 EDT / 2000 GMT+1

The AppsScriptPulse website was launched in 2019, providing a curated collection of the latest Google Apps Script contributions from both Google, but focusing on community contributions. The site now has over 600 solutions, snippets, tutorials and resources updated almost daily. In this episode of Totally Unscripted we are joined by Romain Vialard, Phil Bainbridge and Scott ‘Yagi’ Donald who have individually provided the top 3 Pulse contributions for 2021.

We will discuss the solutions they have created which range from offline Apps Script development with VS Code/clasp to document automation to creating games in Google Slides. This episode will be broadcast live and you can join the conversation in the YouTube Live chat.

Celebrating 1,000 posts by Bruce Mcpherson (@brucemcpherson)

Google Apps Script Meetup at Google Cloud Next '18
Google Apps Script Meetup at Google Cloud Next ’18

I’m sure many in the Google Workspace developer community will know the name Bruce Mcpherson and his website https://ramblings.mcpher.com/. There are very few people who can say they have written the book on Google Apps Script and Bruce is one of them with his O’Reilly publication ‘Going GAS’.

At Pulse we recently discovered that Bruce was getting close to his 1,000th post. This milestone has now been reached with Bruce’s latest contribution ‘Creating a connector for Data Studio‘. To help mark this achievement we got in touch with some of the many ‘Bruce fans’ to reflect on Bruce’s work to date and the impact it has had on their own work.

If you would like to add your own comment feel free to use the comments section.


Laura Taylor – Google Workspace GDE

Bruce Mcpherson is one of the most prolific technical writers I’ve ever encountered.  His intricate systems knowledge along with his unique writing style make for very fascinating and helpful reading.  Not only is Bruce a prolific writer but also a prolific developer, contributing a number of open source libraries many of which are used daily in the Apps Script ecosystem.  A great debt of gratitude is owed Bruce as he has shared his knowledge with so many.  Thank you, Bruce, for your service to the Apps Script community.

Ben Collins – Google Workspace GDE

When I moved from the Microsoft world to the Google world, around 2014, there was one site I kept landing on… and that was Bruce’s! I remember early in my Google Workspace and Apps Script journey, when I was in over my head with a client project, I emailed Bruce to ask if I could use one of his many libraries in the project. He quickly replied “of course!” and proceeded to help me with a few questions I had too. I had the great pleasure of meeting Bruce in person at Next 2019 and he’s a wonderful character with many great stories. We’re lucky to have Bruce as our talisman in the Google Workspace developer group. Cheers to the next 1,000!

Eric Koleda – Former Google Developer Relations

Bruce has been a pillar of the Apps Script community for years, and hitting 1000 posts is but one sign of his love and dedication to the productivity space. My favorite post of Bruce’s ( although it’s so much more than a post) is about cGoa, an OAuth2 library for Apps Script. When the Apps Script engineering team released the /usercallback endpoint they imagined many developers building their own OAuth2 code, but I think Bruce may have been the only person not employed by Google to wade into the murky waters of implementing an authorization library. Throughout this project and others Bruce has always focussed on usability and making sure that users could get to working code quickly. Congratulations Bruce!

Chanel Greco – Google Workspace GDE

I really appreciate how Bruce actively shares his Apps Script knowledge with others through his blog, his books or by answering questions on the different community platforms. 

When searching for something Apps Script related, sooner or later, you’ll land on one of Bruce’s many resources. Many of us have developed our own Apps Script skills thanks to his contributions.

Thank you Bruce!

Charles Maxson – Google Developer Relations

Congratulations on 1,000 posts Bruce! (and THANK YOU from everyone who’s ever tried to use Apps Script – your work has no doubt been discovered and essential for all!)

I myself ‘met’ Bruce through his book “Going GAS: From VBA to Google Apps Script” where he became my personal interpreter in translating my years of Office VBA knowledge into Google Apps Script. As one of the original pioneers who started building solutions on Google Apps G Suite Workspace, what’s amazing is how Bruce has continued to give back to the community by sharing posts, libraries, videos, insights and expertise for such a long time. Having the privilege to work with Bruce now as a Google Developer Expert, he continues to amaze me how much knowledge he’s amassed and still humbly shares as regularly as ever.

Looking forward to you rambling on for another 1,000 Bruce!!!

Anu Srivastava – Google Developer Relations

Thank you so much for all your content! Especially for helping out the Apps Script community!

Clark Lind – Google Apps Suite Workspace GDE Hack

Thank you Bruce for all you have done for the GAS community. You have had worldwide impact and influence and continue to do so. I hope you continue influencing the next generation of scripters coming along. I’ve copied  learned so much from you over the years, it has helped me in my own work and career. You have shown me just how much there is to learn, and how much I don’t know. ;)

Thank you!

Adam Morris — Google Developer Expert & Integrations Director @ Faria Education Group

I like writing libraries, but what I like even more is not having to write them. It’s a grand world indeed that we live in our current universe where we can run into problems and challenges in code, and embark on a journey that leads us to individuals such as yourself, who by their very prolific endeavours establish an even grander world. Thank you.

Andrew Roberts – Freelance Dev and Google Wordspace GDE

One of the true stalwarts of the Apps Script community, Bruce has been an inspiration and endless source of knowledge for the many years I have been involved in Apps Script. Back in my early days of having to Google for how to do most things, Bruce’s site was inevitably the site I’d end up at. The guy literally wrote the book! Almost getting to 1000s posts is an amazing achievement.

Bruce publishing a list of his libraries inspired me to trawl the web and compile an automatically updating list of other Apps Script libraries I could find. Although Bruce’s still make up the vast majority of those available.

The post that particularly stands out for me, and I had lots of fun deploying, was on parallel processing with Apps Script to get around the execution limit. It even displays a funky little graph you can watch.

Thanks again Bruce for your continued support and contributions. 

Riël Notermans – Google Developer Expert and company owner of Zzapps, a Workspace reseller

Me, Martin and Bruce.

There are some people that I always look forward to seeing and to spend time with. Bruce is well in that list ;) Actually it has been for too long. 

Hanging out in real life or virtually discussing some features that work great or not, or listening to what Bruce has to say about, well, anything, it is a great experience. Professionally I would not know where to begin the ‘thank you’s’, but one of the most recent is with Bruce ‘mentoring’ me on a Kubernetes project. I got a kickstart in understanding the concepts, together with Bruce pieces of great code and his well-known ramblings really got me going. Congrats Bruce and looking forward to meet again!

Amit Agarwal – Founder @ Digital Inspiration and Workspace GDE

Thank you Bruce for your amazing contributions to the Google community. You cannot imagine how much impact your work has had on the lives of so many developers worldwide. Personally, I have admired your coding style and learnt so much by looking at your work. Thank you again!

Martin Hawksey – University of Edinburgh and Google Workspace GDE 

It’s hard to say exactly when I started following Bruce’s work, but one of the first posts I reshared was Managing Libraries with Google Apps Script from June 2012. Managing libraries is a very fitting way to celebrate Bruce’s contribution to the Google Apps Script community. Using his own Github/AppsScript visualisation tool you can explore the 100+ Google Apps Script repos, including libraries, Bruce has shared

One library that I’ve used a lot in my own work is cGoa, which lets you do OAuth2 for Apps Script in a few lines of code. There are a couple of other OAuth2 libraries, but as someone also writing about Google Apps Script solutions, the cGoa setup is straightforward and easy for others to follow. From one post from Bruce it has featured in six of my own, an example of the value of Bruce’s ‘ramblings’ to the community.

Thank you Bruce!

TU4.6: Life After Apps Script – A chat with Eric Koleda (@erickoleda), Developer Advocate @ Coda Live TUESDAY 19 Oct. at 1200 PDT / 1500 EDT / 2000 GMT+1

In this episode of Totally Unscripted, we will catch up with Eric Koleda who has been a well known fixture to Google Workspace Developers for the better part of a decade. Now that his legendary career as a Google Workspace Developer Relations Engineer has come to a close, we will reminisce with Eric about the impact of Apps Script and how Workspace development has evolved. We will also take a look at the future and get some insights about his new role and the breakthrough technology at Coda, where he’s begun his new life after Apps Script.

This episode will be broadcast live TUESDAY 19 Oct. at 1200 PDT / 1500 EDT / 2000 GMT+1 and you can join the conversation in the YouTube Live chat.

Totally Unscripted: Introducing the new Google Workspace Forms API! – Live 13 Oct. at 1200 PDT / 1500 EDT / 2000 GMT+1

Google Workspace offers developers REST APIs to interact programmatically with nearly every product and feature within the suite. In this episode of Totally Unscripted, we are going to take a first look at a BRAND NEW API for Workspace that is being announced earlier in the day at Google Cloud Next. Curious what that API is? Tune in to the broadcast live where we are joined by guests Christian Schalk (Developer Advocate, Google) and Hannah Pho (Software Engineer, Google) along with early Forms API partners Charles Kemp (Strategic Alliances Manager, Zapier) and Charles Wiles (CEO, Zzish) to find out and you can join the conversation in the YouTube Live chat.

Subscribe to Apps Script Pulse...