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Create a book tracker using Apps Script and the Google Books API in 10 minutes

I wanted a quick and easy way for my kids to track the books they read, as well as a way for my wife to catalog all the books in the house. I know there are other services out there like Goodreads that can store your book list…but I just wanted to house the data myself, and not have to create accounts for my young kids.

Nice little project that glues together Google Forms and Sheets and the Google Book API with a little but of Google Apps Script. Follow the link for more information and the source code.

Source: Create a book tracker using Apps Script and the Google Books API in 10 minutes

Announcing the Google Forms API

Google is proud to announce the Google Forms API! The Forms API is currently available in Restricted Beta, with Open Beta expected to follow in Q4. … The new Google Forms API provides programmatic access for managing forms and acting on responses, empowering developers to build powerful integrations on top of Forms.

The Forms API is currently in Restricted Beta. We encourage you to apply here to be an early adopter to get started with the API today! We’ll also send you important updates about Open Beta and improvements to the API. To keep up to date with all the APIs of your favorite Google Apps, please subscribe to the Google Workspace Developer Newsletter.

On Totally Unscripted we were delighted to have Christian Schalk (Developer Advocate, Google) and Hannah Pho (Software Engineer, Google) as well as early Forms API partners Charles Kemp (Strategic Alliances Manager, Zapier) and Charles Wiles (CEO, Zzish), talk about the new Forms API. A recording of the show is on YouTube and show notes will soon be added to the Totally Unscripted website.

Source: Announcing the Google Forms API

[Testing] Concurrent writing to Google Sheets using Google Form and HTML form

When the users try to write to Spreadsheet using a form, the developers have to consider to the concurrent submission from the form. For example, when the multiple users submit the data with the form simultaneously, all data are possibly not to be saved to the Spreadsheet. So it is considered that it is important to know the information about the concurrent writing to Google Spreadsheet using a form. In this report, such situation was investigated.

A very useful analysis to see how many form submissions can be handled in Google Sheets at the same time. The experiment looks at both submissions using Google Forms and as a Web App.

Source: Concurrent Writing to Google Spreadsheet using Form

Send data to a Google Form via Apps Script

Use Google Apps Script to create a prefilled URL of data that can be submitted to a Google Form.

Screenshot of Google Form questions

Screenshot of Google Form questions

The following Google Apps Script is designed to submit specific data to a Google Form, by creating a prefilled URL. The reason for this was I needed some way of sending data from a number of individual Google Sheets (that I did not own) to one central location, but crucially it needed to be anonymised.

Sending the data directly to a Google Sheet includes version history both in the file and cell meaning it was not truly anonymous. Whereas sending the data through a Google Form and then on to the Response Sheet did strip away anything identifiable.

The logic behind this code is to create a prefilled URL which contains answers to each of the Forms questions. Use the previous webpage link to learn how to create such a URL first so that you understand each question on a Form has a unique value.

Source: The Gift of Script: Send data to a Google Form via Apps Script

Create a simple Approval process via Email with Google Form and Google Apps Script (Web Apps Deployment)

At the end of this article, you will know how to create a workflow app, based on a Google Form that send an email to be approved or deny including logging of who is approving or denying with Apps Script.

Great post from Jérémy Dessalines who has put together this tutorial for a custom workflow using a Apps Script Web App. The post covers triggers, the publication process and how to generate a unique ID and includes some great tips at the end.

Source: Create a simple Approval process via Email with Google Form and Google Apps Script (Web Apps…

How to Create a Custom Email Auto-responder for a Google Forms Submission with Google Apps Script – Yagisanatode

A few days before publishing this post, I put a call out for some Beta testers to get free access to my new course Google Sheet: Learn the Essentials through 3 Detailed Projects.

I needed a way to provide coupon codes for free access to the course in exchange for some feedback and much-needed tutorials.

To do this, I created a Google Form.  This contained some details and expectations, and then some details about the submitter and a consent checkbox at the end. If the submitter consented and hit submit I wanted them to get an email back with the coupon code.

In this tutorial, we will go through how to create a custom auto email response containing:

  • The submitter’s name in the greeting.
  • Your email message.
  • Your primary signature block from your Gmail account.

Source: How to Create a Custom Email Auto-responder for a Google Forms Submission with Google Apps Script – Yagisanatode

Submit a Google Form to a Slack channel via a Webhook

Send a Google Form submission to a specific Slack channel as a message, via a Webhook.

Messages can be posted in to a Slack channel via the Google Form

Screenshot of message when posted in Slack channel

Source: The Gift of Script: Submit a Google Form to a Slack channel via a Webhook

Create custom prefilled Google Forms links in custom emails with Google Apps Script – Yagisanatode

Recently I raised a support ticket with a tech company I was subscribed to where we were trying to resolve an integration issue I had with their service. Once we had it all resolved they followed up with a feedback form. That feedback form just happened to be a Google Form.

In this tutorial, I’ll walk you through accessing the prefill tool in Google Forms. Then, if you are keen on doing some coding, we’ll create a little custom feedback form for unique users that we will deliver via email.

Nice tutorial from Scott ‘Yagi’ Donald on using prefilled Google Form links. For beginners the post includes everything you need to know. For more experienced developers Scott includes some nice code for handling Google Sheet data.

Source: Create custom prefilled Google Forms links in custom emails with Google Apps Script – Yagisanatode

How to Move Files Uploads from Google Forms to a Specific Folder in Google Drive – Digital Inspiration

The File Upload feature of Google Forms lets you receive files from form respondents directly in your Google Drive. You may add the File Upload question in your Google Form to receive PDF assignments from students, résumé applications, portfolio images from contestants, and so on.

When a respondent uploads a file through Google Forms, the file are stored in a fixed folder of your Google Drive. All files are uploaded in the same folder and, thus looking at the file in your Google Drive, it is difficult to determine which respondent has uploaded which set of files.

Learn how to organize file uploads and attachments from Google Forms and move files to a specific folder in Google Drive.

Source: How to Move Files Uploads from Google Forms to a Specific Folder in Google Drive – Digital Inspiration

Create PDF from a Google Form submission using Google Apps Script

In this blog post , we will cover how to create a PDF from the responses of Google Form using Google Apps Script.

If you are looking for some guidance on creating and sending PDF Documents from Google Form responses this post has all you need to get started.

Source: Create PDF Using GoogleApps Script

Using Google Apps Script to generate code for handling Google Forms submission data

Automate the generation of further Apps Script code typically used when capturing Google Form submission data. I tend to find there are 2 lines of code per Form question that I have to write which when scaled up to 60+ questions is a lot of time and chance for human error.

Apps Script code can be automatically generate as lines of text in a document.

Auto generate Apps Script code lines.

Source: Generate Apps Script code for Forms

Control responses in Google Forms in 4 lines of Google Apps Script

If you are using Google Forms to handle sign-ups for an upcoming event, and you want to control the number of responses (Limit responses), guess what! you can do it using Google apps script (only in 4 Lines of Code)

Nice little snippet highlighted by Aya Sayed, click through to the source for the code snippet.

Source: Control responses in Google Forms! | by Aya Sayed | Jul, 2020 | Medium

Auto respond to feedback via Apps Script – Sheets to Apps

Course evaluations can be a bit overwhelming when receiving mass amounts of feedback, but thanks to Apps Script this is a problem of the past. In this episode of Sheets to Apps, we’ll show you how to create and use an Apps Script for Google Sheets that allows you to respond to feedback on Google Forms via email.

In a recent episode of Sheets to Apps Ben Collins’ clever ‘Respond to feedback from students in a course’ in the G Suite  Solutions Gallery is featured. See the YouTube video description for related links.

Google Form – use a switch to determine save location

The following code is designed to take a specific option selected on a Google Form and use that to determine where something could be stored. The example it was developed for was Risk Assessments where depending on the type of assessment selected on the Form the generated file was to be saved in a specific Google Drive folder.

Source: The Gift of Script: Google Form – use a switch to determine save location

Create Google Doc from Form submission

Screenshot of spreadsheet with data and Doc link

Screenshot of spreadsheet with data and Doc link

Create a Google Doc for each submission of a Google Form and translate some of that Form data into the Doc. It puts a link to the newly created Google Doc back into the spreadsheet alongside the relevant row. The Name field from the Form is used as part of the filename for the created Doc and there is a Log sheet to support any troubleshooting errors.

Source: The Gift of Script: Create Google Doc from Form submission

Hacking it: Generate PDFs from Google Forms

Some time ago, I had a request from one of my colleagues to help automate a rather repetitive and might I add, highly prone to error, process. One of the clients required her to fill in the same form several times in a day, manually, and then send it back for approval and signing. Of course, I’m simplifying a bit but that was what it was in essence.

In this detailed post, Neha demonstrates how to use Google Forms to generate professional looking PDFs from the data submitted via the form, using Google Sheets and Apps Script.

Source: Hacking it: Generate PDFs from Google Forms

Automate onboarding of company resources from a Google Sheet – Sheets to Apps

In this episode of Sheets to Apps, we cover how to give newcomers access to resources via Google Forms and an Apps Script that lives in a Google Sheets, making on-boarding new employees simple and easy.

The code and other resources presented in this episode are available from the video description.

G Suite Solutions — Apps Script Powered Workflow Automation

Laura Taylor recently spoke at SheetsCon on the topic of Automation with Apps Script. During the presentation, she walked through a simple approval workflow for a hypothetical small business to demonstrate the power of Apps Script to automate workflow inside G Suite. She also showcased modern ECMAScript features supported by the new Apps Script V8 Javascript runtime.

The article is an overview of the workflow covered in the author’s presentation along with install instructions for trying it out in your G Suite domain.

Source: G Suite Solutions — Apps Script Powered Workflow Automation

Manage new employee equipment requests within Google Sheets – Sheets to Apps

In today’s episode of Sheets to Apps, @TechandEco will show you how to manage new employee equipment requests with Google Sheets.

See the video description for all the links you need including the reference documentation.

Plan an Educational Visit in under two minutes using Google Apps Script

This video demonstrates how teachers can plan an educational visit in under two minutes using Google Witchcraft and Wizardry (also known as Google Apps Script!)

A creative approach on automating the process of filling a Google Form towards an education visit and creating a Calendar invite with all the relevant information.

Workflow to collect and approve budgets using Apps Script in Google Sheets

Gathering inputs from multiple sources and then taking action on each becomes taxing when the task needs to be realized with frequency and with multiple stakeholders. An example is quarterly or annual budget approvals for a finance team.

In this article the author will share how to use an Apps Script in a Google Sheet to automatically create a budget submission form that you can share with end users, and when their responses arrive in the sheet, you can collaborate with other reviewers to send emails in bulk depending on whether you are approvingrejecting, or asking for more information about their request. The emails use a Google doc as a template that pulls information from the sheet such as a user’s name, the budget values they entered, or special comments.

Source: Workflow to collect and approve budgets using Apps Script in Google Sheets

Manage event registration with Apps Script, Google Calendar and Google Forms

Manage training or event registration with Apps Script, Google Forms and Google Calendar.

Using Google Calendar to setup a meeting is really easy and works like a charm for business or personal needs. But sometimes you want to manage event registration for an event, a training and in this case you need to share a form and register the participant after the submission. Hopefully Google Apps Script is at the rescue.

Source: Manage event registration with Apps Script, Google Calendar and Google Forms

How to use GCP service accounts with Google Apps Script projects to automate actions in G Suite

A Google Apps Script and Google Cloud Platform tutorial to learn how to use GCP Service Accounts to scale and protect automations

Examples of Google Apps Script being used in an enterprise setting tend to be few and far between which means this tutorial by Jeffrey Daube is an interesting insight to how script projects can be setup to serve the entire company. In particular, Jeffrey details how the use of service accounts can be used so that G Suite documents can be created with a non-human user allowing you to make calls to Google APIs without the usual authentication flow.

Source: How to use GCP service accounts with Google Apps Script projects to automate actions in G Suite

TSDynamicUrls (#1) — Leverage the URL Power of Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings & Forms 💥

In my previous post, I outlined the power of Google document URLs to perform “Simple, Powerful, Work” and promised to share several tools I’ve developed to aid in building them.

Source: TSDynamicUrls (#1) — Leverage the URL Power of Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drawings & Forms 💥

Making Google Forms and Spreadsheets a Bit Less Rigid Block Style – CogDogBlog

Here is how I learned to do some scripts to (a) use the WordPress API to dynamically populate some cells in a Google Spreadsheet; and (b) how to script a way to use these results to dynamically update text and menus in Google Forms.

A very comprehensive writeup of integrating Google Forms/Sheets and WordPress with Google Apps Script.

Source: Making Google Forms and Spreadsheets a Bit Less Rigid Block Style – CogDogBlog

Get The Last Response from a Google Form

Most of the time, when I write Google Scripts that address a Google Form, I almost always access the data through the spreadsheet of responses. But sometimes, getting back to the Form itself is necessary. In those cases, I use this code to access the final response. It’s not quite as simple as it seems.

The script below accesses the last response to a form, gets the email, timestamp, and answers and then adds them to a Google Sheet.

Source: Get The Last Response from a Google Form

Dynamically remove Google Form options

Screenshot of Google Form appointment slots
Google Form appointment slots

This was developed as I wanted to learn about removing Google Form option choices as part of exploring its capabilities for use with appointment slots. I am aware there are a number of Google add-ons that achieve this but they come with potential data protection issues when accessing your Google Account, hence an in-house approach.

The principle is simply that a user would select their desired appointment slot on the Form and then that option would be unavailable for the next user accessing the Form.

Source: The Gift of Script: Dynamically remove Google Form options

Fixing dates from a Google Form

For those getting a ‘date’ from a Google Form and finding that it flips the day/month the wrong way around. This small piece of code can be inserted to create a correct date format.

Source: The Gift of Script: Fixing dates from a Google Form

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