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Create a Google Chat Bot on your own data with Vertex AI Search and Google Apps Script

Create a Chatbot answering user questions based on your documents. RAG implementation with multiturn using Vertex AI Search and Apps Script

More GenAI, this time from Stéphane Giron looking at how Apps Script can be used to provide the glue for a Google Chat app powered by Vertex AI Search. In this example you can see how unstructured data like PDF documents can easily be uploaded to a Cloud Storage folder, which then become the knowledge base for the Chat app. The post includes a Google Apps Script snippet for sending messages to the Vertex AI Search API as well as instructions on how to create the chatbot, including how to import data into Vertex AI Search and how to integrate the chatbot into Google Chat.

The post is a great summary of what is possible when combining Google Chat and Vertex AI Search. If you are interested in finding out more about what is possible using Vertex AI Search with follow-ups Google provide a comprehensive guide.  

Source: Create a Google Chat Bot on your own data with Vertex AI Search and Google Apps Script

Tutorial: Respond to incidents with Google Chat, Vertex AI, and Apps Script

Imagen: photo looking over the shoulder of a robot looking at a screen with chat messages and hand writing notes

This tutorial shows how to make a Google Chat app that responds to incidents in real time. When responding to an incident, the app creates and populates a Chat space, facilitates incident resolution with messages, slash commands, and dialogs, and uses AI to summarize the incident response in a Google Docs document.

Paraphrasing noted Google Workspace Developer Expert, Romain Vialard, GenAI has made Google Chat apps a tangible prospect. This tutorial from the  Google Developers site is a great example of how you can use Google’s Vertex AI with Google Chat. The tutorial will help you create a Google Apps Script powered Chat app that is able to summaries the messages in a Google Chat space.

There is a lot to take away from this example, but here are some of the headlines:

  • Setting a Google Cloud Project to use the new Google Chat Advanced Service for Apps Script
  • Setup and code for making calls to Google’s Vertex AI PaLM API (LLM) from Google Apps Script
  • Using the responses from Vertex AI to generate new assets.

There is a lot more you can do from this starting point, but hopefully it gives you a great starting point.

Source: Respond to incidents with Google Chat, Vertex AI, and Apps Script  |  Google for Developers

Generally available: You can now call the Chat API from Apps Script with the Advanced Chat Service

The Advanced Chat service lets you use the Google Chat API in Apps Script. This API allows scripts to find, create, and modify Chat spaces, add or remove members to spaces, and read or post messages with text, cards, attachments, and reactions.

There have been a number of updates to the Google Chat API summarised in the linked release notes page. A recent announcement which might interest Google Apps Script developers is the generally available of a new  Advanced Chat Service. As noted in the official documentation:

The Advanced Chat service lets you use the Google Chat API in Apps Script. This API allows scripts to find, create, and modify Chat spaces, add or remove members to spaces, and read or post messages with text, cards, attachments, and reactions.

There are some perquisites to use the Advanced Chat service besides the usual turning it on before use, the main one being the requirement to use a standard Google Cloud console project rather than the default project created automatically.

Source: Google Chat developer platform release notes  |  Google for Developers

How to built a Support AI Assistant for Google Workspace with Apps Script, Gen AI and Google Chat

Building a Support AI Assistant for Google Workspace using Apps Script, Gen AI, and Google Chat.

This post from Stéphane Giron highlights one approach for improving responses from LLMs by integrating Google Custom Search Engine responses into the prompt. In this example Stéphane used Google Apps Script to power the AI Assistant, integrating with Google Chat for the user interface and Cloud Functions to reformat data.

This post is another example of the ‘power of the prompt’ and how LLM prompting strategies are a very effective way to utilise LLMs without having to ground or fine tune. If you are interested in understanding more here is a useful notebook produced by Michael W. Sherman which illustrates two powerful LLM prompting strategies: Chain of Thought and ReAct (Reasoning + Acting).

Source: How we built our Support AI Assistant for Google Workspace with Apps Script, Gen AI and Google Chat

Using webhooks to interact with Google Chat using Google Apps Script

Learn how to conduct a pirate raid in Google Chat Spaces with Webhooks and Google Apps Script. Video Included.

Google continue to add and enhance Google Chat. The fun doesn’t stop at the end user experience, Google also adding functionality to the Google Chat API. A low-lying entry point for Google Workspace developers is using Google Chat webhooks. As a HTTP endpoint you can use your coding language of choice.

In this tutorial from Scott Donald you can learn how Google Apps Script can be used to interface Google Chat using webhooks. The post includes everything you need to get started including a tutorial video. There are some nice tips including how to post replies to a chat thread and formatting responses using the card service. Follow the link to start learning more…

Source: Creating Webhooks for Google Chat App with Apps Script – Yagisanatode

Adding users to Google Chat spaces on demand with Google Apps Script

Image credit: Pablo Felip

A Chat space membership authorization workflow built using Google Forms, Sheets and Apps Script. … In the coming sections, we’ll build a workflow for process managers to review and authorize membership requests sent by users willing to join a predefined set of chat spaces.

Lots of talk about Meta’s new Threads … is there an API for that. Meanwhile Pablo Felip has been busy putting together this very comprehensive tutorial which explains how you can use Google Forms as part of a process to administer Google Chat Spaces membership.

The API call spaces.members.create is relatively straightforward when compared to the amount of effort to setup the Google Cloud project. This is all covered in the source post and the code provided can easily be modified to suit other worksflows.

Source: Adding users to Google Chat spaces on demand with Apps Script

NEW Google Chat Import Mode APIs to support message platform migration are now in developer preview

We’re excited to announce that new Google Chat Import Mode APIs are now available in the Developer Preview Program! Import Mode allows developers to import data from other messaging systems while maintaining historical timestamps for messages and spaces. Data from large channels can be copied into Chat spaces silently without notifying the user, sending emails, etc until the admin is ready to have users start using the new space in Chat.

Google are continuing to add developer features to the Google Chat platform, the latest being Import Mode APIs. Theses APIs are designed to help when transitioning from other messaging platforms to Google Chat. Google highlight the following advantages of the new Import Mode APIs:

  • Preservation of resource creation timestamps. You can set a historical time for the creation times of space and message resources, letting Chat apps retain historical context during user adoption of Google Chat.
  • End users can’t view or access spaces in import mode. To prevent user interference of a space undergoing data import, or to avoid possible user confusion as a result of viewing an in-progress data import, spaces in import mode are hidden from end users. After a space has completed import mode, you can add users to the space.
  • Chat turns off notifications during import mode, so that users can avoid unnecessary alerts about the migration. [Ref]

The new Import Mode APIs are currently in Developer Preview and if not already part of the preview program the linked page includes information on how to join.

Source: Overview of developing Google Chat apps to import user data  |  Google for Developers

Google Chat developer platform release notes – new Chat APIs generally available

Video credit: Pablo Felip Monferrer / @pfelipm

Build Chat apps that bring your services and resources right into Google Chat, letting users get information and take action without leaving the conversation.

Google has been spending a lot of effort recently adding features to Google Chat. This just hasn’t been limited to the user interface and Google recently announced a long list of new Chat API methods are now generally available. For Google Workspace developers and administrators this opens up more opportunities to manage chat messages, spaces and membership.

For Apps Script developers I think it’s unlikely you’ll see a ChatApp or a Chat Advanced Service, but with an OAuth2 library you’ll be able to make calls to the Chat REST API. With the new Google Chat API methods comes the ability to access user data and perform operations on the authenticated user’s behalf. I don’t think it will take long before we see example solutions appearing from the community and given this video from Pablo Felip Monferrer I’ll be keep a close eye on his blog pablofelip.online.

Source: Google Chat developer platform release notes  |  Google for Developers

Develop a Google Chat App Currency Converter with Google Apps Script – Yagisanatode

Have you ever wanted to convert currencies instantly while in Google Chat with colleagues and clients? In this tutorial, we are going to build a Currency Converter Google Chat App with Google Apps Script to do just that.

This tutorial is a multi-media series containing step-by-step video instructions for each stage of the process along with code snippets for each stage, important links and some further details on the more unusual parts of the code.

This is a great video series wrapped in a blog post, which highlights a Google Chat app development process. The particular project presented by Scott Donald is a currency converter but there are many repeatable aspects that would work in a wide range of Google Chat applications. The project is coded in Google Apps Script and the post includes plenty of snippets to help you understand various aspects of Google Chat app development including slash commands and information cards.

Source: Develop a Google Chat App Currency Converter with Google Apps Script – Yagisanatode

Google Chat Apps for Google Apps Script Developers

In this article, we will look at Google Chat Apps and go over some of the basics of developing a chat app with Google Apps Script.

Scott Donald provides a comprehensive overview of everything you need to know to get started with Google Chat app development with Google Apps Script.

One of the nice things about Google Chat app development is there are a number of different implementation architectures you can use, including Google Apps Script. Regardless of the architecture you choose there are some common steps such as GCP setup, receiving/responding to messages and using dialogues and card interfaces all covered in Scott’s post. Click through to find out more…

Source: Google Chat Apps for Google Apps Script Developers – Yagisanatode