Two years ago, our team began building custom software to automate the multi-stage and highly manual team staffing process. Building internal software has allowed the same-size Staffing Operations Team (3 members!) to enjoy a 60x reduction in time spent staffing each role.
The Apps Script ecosystem has emerged as the most critical component in our toolkit for building this internal software, due to its versatility and ease of deployment. We want to share how one piece of the staffing process has evolved to become more powerful over time thanks to Apps Script. Ultimately, we hope that sharing this journey enables all types of teams to build their own tools and unlock new possibilities.
On the G Suite YouTube channel you’ll find a new playlist for “why organizations build with Google Apps Script” which contains contributions from Cleo Espiritu, Ivan Kutil, Niek Waarbroek and myself. Hopefully these clips are useful in encouraging users to look at Google Apps Script as a powerful and agile development solution.
In this episode of Sheets to Apps, we will show you how to track your work time on projects via Google Calendar. More importantly, he’ll be showing you how you can sync Calendar events to Google Sheets, creating a spreadsheet that shows you the total time spent on your projects.
This page describes the new features enabled by V8 and how you can enable V8 for use in your scripts. Migrating scripts to V8 describes steps for migrating existing scripts to use the V8 runtime.
G Suite Admins have started to be notified that App Maker will be shutdown on January 19, 2021. In the turndown notification Google cited ‘low usage’ as the reason for the shutdown. This news comes shortly after the announcement of Google acquisition of no code platform AppSheet and AppSheet is identified as one of the alternative platforms:
Due to the specific source code used for App Maker, you can’t directly migrate your apps to another platform. Depending on your use case, we recommend these alternative tools:
If you use App Maker to automate business processes: Use AppSheet, a new addition to our app development portfolio that has capabilities similar to App Maker. App Maker data is stored in Cloud SQL, and App Sheet supports Cloud SQL databases. This allows you to build an application on the existing database tied to your App Maker app.
If you use App Maker to develop apps: Use App Engine to build and deploy applications on a fully managed platform. App Maker data is stored in Cloud SQL, allowing you to build an App Engine application on the existing Cloud SQL database tied to your App Maker app.
If you use App Maker for data collection: Use Google Forms, which has many new features that were not available when App Maker launched.
Google included the following schedule for turndown:
Today, existing apps continue to work. Though App Maker is no longer under active development, the service will continue to be maintained.
Starting April 15, 2020, you will no longer be able to create new App Maker apps. You will still be able to edit and deploy existing apps.
Starting January 19, 2021, App Maker apps will stop working and you will no longer have access to them. App Maker data stored in Cloud SQL will remain unchanged and continue to follow the policies established by your Google Cloud Platform (GCP) account.
Whether you are in sales, marketing, education, project management, data analysis, etc., it’s common for people to want to send emails to multiple recipients with information that is customized to each. In this episode, learn about Martin Hawksey’s mail merge solution, which helps anyone send emails with customized content from a Google spreadsheet, and Gmail.
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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
Everyone has their own superpowers. Whether you’re an Data Analyst, Data Scientist, Task Automater, or Programmer, you can use G Suite to support these talents. In this video, we’ll go over what tools you can use to support these different talents.
We’ve gone over the basics of App Maker, but now it’s time to explore the interface further. Alexandrina Garcia-Verdin goes over how to utilize and modify tools and widgets, in this episode of Sheets to Apps!
🗺️ Develop Locally:clasp allows you to develop your Apps Script projects locally. That means you can check-in your code into source control, collaborate with other developers, and use your favorite tools to develop Apps Script.
The Apps Script IDE is great, but with larger projects, I know I’ve wanted to be able to use a more powerful IDE. clasp (Command Line Apps Script Projects) is a CLI that allows you to start, write, test, and deploy Apps Script projects from any text editor you want.
I’m a public school teacher writing Apps Script projects to manage documentation and to make life easier in general. You can read more on my blog, blog.ohheybrian.com or follow me on Twitter, @bennettscience.
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
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.
Welcome to the Sheets to Apps Show, where we talk about how to tame endless spreadsheets into productive applications. App Maker is a tool that empowers a wide range of individuals in an organization to turn important processes that live in spreadsheets. Join us and see how App Maker can help you in your everyday tasks!
10 years ago this week we introduced Google Apps Script, G Suite’s scripting platform. What started as a small experiment has grown into one of Google’s most popular developer products. To commemorate the moment, I sat down with Mike Harm, the creator of Apps Script, to reflect back on how it all got started.