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

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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