AppsScriptPulse

Use the Google Cloud Identity API for Google Groups with some Google Apps Script helper functions

Use the new Google Cloud Identity API to manage your Google Groups on your G Suite domain. Find in this article some REST and Apps Script code to query the Cloud Identity API.

Stéphane Giron summaries some helpful Google Apps Script code for interacting with the Google Cloud Identity API via REST. In this post you’ll find functions for listing both Google Groups in your domain and the members of each of those groups.

Source: Use the Google Cloud Identity API for Google Groups

Workbook Statistics – a Google Sheets Add-on built using Google Apps Script (lessons in Add-on publication)

Get stats for your current active sheet & the entire spreadsheet in one place using workbook statistics – a g suite editor add-on built using google apps script.

A handy Google Sheets add-on from Sourabh Choraria that can give you an Excel like summary of the Google Sheet you are working on that can display information like the number of: filled cells, formulas, charts and more. This post is also worth reading if you are interested in tips for the Add-on publication processes, highlighting some of the pitfalls you can avoid. The code for the Add-on is also open source making it possible to reuse in your own Apps Script projects.

Source: workbook statistics – a google sheets add-on built using apps script

Converting Range in Google Spreadsheet as Image using Google Apps Script · tanaike

This is a sample script for converting a range in Google Spreadsheet as an image data using Google Apps Script. Unfortunately, there are no methods for directly converting the range in Google Spreadsheet as an image data in the built-in functions. So in this case, as a workaround, Charts Service is used.

Source: Converting Range in Google Spreadsheet as Image using Google Apps Script · tanaike

Google Developers Blog: Building G Suite Add-ons with your favorite tech stack

Let’s talk about the basics of G Suite Add-ons. G Suite Add-ons simplify how users get things done in G Suite by bringing in functionality from other applications where you need them. They provide a persistent sidebar for quick access, and they are context-aware — meaning they can react to what you’re doing in context. … Up until recently, G Suite Add-ons leaned on Apps Script to build Add-ons, but choice is always a good thing, and in some cases you may want to use another scripting language.. So let’s talk about how to build Add-ons using additional runtimes.

Google recently announced the ability to develop G Suite Add-ons using other frameworks other than Google Apps Script. This post on the Google Developers Blog introduces how you can develop G Suite Add-ons with something other than Google Apps Script.

Source: Google Developers Blog: Building G Suite Add-ons with your favorite tech stack

Measure Core Web Vitals of your Websites with Google Sheets – Digital Inspiration

Core Web Vitals are a set of metrics defined by Google to help webmasters understand the performance of their websites. You can automate the measurement and tracking of core vitals with Google Sheets.

Another incredibly rich resource from Amit Agarwal containing useful guidance on not only performance of websites and potential impact on search ranking, but also a very concise coding pattern for reading and writing data in Google Sheets.

Source: Measure Core Web Vitals of your Websites with Google Sheets – Digital Inspiration

This YouTube Video Has n Views – How the Video Title Updates Itself – Digital Inspiration

How to automatically update the title of your YouTube video to accurately reflect the views and comment count in the title.

Amit Agarwal has a great eye for these little tweaks. The source post has all the code you need (one note to keep in mind is you might get into authentication loops if using other Google Apps Script services with this script solution)

Source: This YouTube Video Has n Views – How the Video Title Updates Itself – Digital Inspiration

Automatically backup Google Apps Script projects using Github Actions

Image: Copyright 2020 RavSam

Google Apps Scripts are amazing. Without setting any servers, we can do a lot of things like collecting form responses, email marketing campaigns, etc. But as a developer, we like our code to be on Version Control System like Github. In this blog, we will discuss how can you setup Github Actions to automatically backup your Google Apps Scripts to Github.

For Google Apps Script developers who use clasp this is a great post on how you can setup Github Actions as part of your dev flow. Click through to the source for all the details.

Source: Backup Google Apps Scripts using Github Actions

Google Maps Formulas for Google Sheets – Digital Inspiration

You can bring the power of Google Maps to your Google Sheets using simple formulas with no coding. You don’t need to sign-up for the Google Maps API and all results from Google Maps are cached in the sheet so you are unlikely to hit any quota limits.

Great post from Amit Agarwal using the Maps Service for Google Sheets custom functions.

Use Google Maps formulas inside Google Sheets to calculate distances, travel time, get driving directions, look up postal codes with reverse geocoding and more!

The post includes all the source code and has some great examples using the V8 syntax.

Source: Google Maps Formulas for Google Sheets – Digital Inspiration

Build Apps Powered by Language with Semantic ML with the new Semantic Reactor Google Sheets Add-on

In this post, I’ll show you how to use beginner-friendly ML tools–Semantic Reactor and TensorFlow.js–to build an app that’s powered by natural language.

NEW: Semantic Reactor has been officially released! Add it to Google Sheets here.

We’ve previously highlighted how TensorFlow.js can be used in Google Apps Script. In this latest example the new Semantic Reactor Google Sheets Add-on published by Google Research is highlighted. Semantic Reactor is designed to make it easier to start exploring Natural Language Understanding (NLU) and with this tutorial you can learn how you can deploy your model to code.

Source: Build Apps Powered by Language with Semantic ML

Google Apps Script: Automated PDF Certificate Creator That Is Emailed to the Attendee – Yagisanatode

Use Google Apps Script, Google Slides and Google Sheets to quickly automate creating a Certificate of Attendance and send it to attendees.

Nice example using Google Apps Script to generate and share .pdf documents via email. The source has all the code you need to get going on this.

Source: Google Apps Script: Automated PDF Certificated Creator That Is Emailed to the Attendee – Yagisanatode

Pen-based Interaction with Google Sheets in Mobile Virtual Reality

I’m sure for many pro Google Sheets users when you look at a Google Sheet what you see on screen is different for what you ‘see’ in your mind. Researchers from Coburg University, Microsoft Research and the University of Cambridge have potentially bridged this gap showing what Google Sheets can look like virtual reality (VR).

Whilst the video embedded above is not explicitly about Google Apps Script, I think it’s always worth keeping an eye on the horizon to see what the future might bring (you might want to skip through to 05:12 to see what I mean). You can also read the full research paper, in which the researchers explain how they used the Google Sheets API to build the experimental interface in the Unity game engine.

For Google Apps Script developers I’m sure you’ll be able to see how this solution could also benefited from the built-in SpreadsheetApp methods like getCurrentCell() and activate(), rather than using the the Sheet API, which reported as a limitation that haas reported in the research paper:

Since the Google Sheets API exposes no functionality to track client-side interactions, operations of users with the web page were tracked inside Unity. In particular, tracking of cell selection was implemented by constructing virtual-cells in the Unity space using oriented bounding boxes, and spatially position them in their corresponding places to fit the spreadsheet texture. Tracking of the pen and the Unity collision detection mechanism is used to detect whether the pen tip lies inside a certain cell.

Gesslein et al. (2020)

How to build a Google Analytics Dashboard with Apps Script and Google Sites – Sheets to Apps

Using Google Analytics and looking for a new way to aggregate, store, and efficiently organize the data from your website in a Google Sheet? In this episode of Sheets to Apps, we show you how to combine the Google Analytics add-on with Apps Script, resulting in the automation of cohesive data summaries that are compatible with Google Sites.

In this latest episode Alexandrina Garcia-Verdin demonstrates how the Google Analytics Add-on can be combined with macros to automate regular reporting. The video description has links to all the resources you need to set this up.

Whilst ‘Sheets to Apps’ videos are targeted at low/no coders as an Apps Script Developer I always find it useful to have a look at the code to see how it is done, as more often than not there will be a technique or method I’ve not come across. In the case of this example my new discovery was the .autoFill() and after browsing the documentation, .autoFillToNeighbor() methods in SpreadsheetApp. These methods allow you to replicate the auto-fill functionality users have in Google Sheets.

Another discovery was the various .setOption() calls when building the charts. I’ve used .setOption() in projects in the past and the issue I’ve had is navigating the long list of options you can use for various chart types. Using the macro recorder seems like a great way to capture all the options you want to add to your script project.

Retrieving Data from QR code on Google Slides using Google Apps Script · tanaike

This is a sample script for decoding a QR code put in Google Slides using Google Apps Script. In this case, Javascript is used at the opened dialog. And Canvas API and jsQR are used.

This is a nice example of how you can easily drop in existing JavaScript libraries into your Apps Script project by using a HTML dialog. The post also has some nice tricks for handing image data, in particular, from getDataFromQRCode() the image data is passed into the HtmlService:

const html = HtmlService.createTemplateFromFile("index");
html.image = JSON.stringify(blob.getBytes()); // adding image data
SlidesApp.getUi().showModalDialog(html.evaluate(), "sample");

This is added in client side with a printing scriptlet:

image.src = `data:image/png;base64,${btoa(String.fromCharCode(...new Uint8Array(Int8Array.of(...JSON.parse(<?= image ?>)).buffer)))}`; 

Another way you could achieve this is base64 encoding the image server side with Utilities.base64Encode().

Source: Retrieving Data from QR code on Google Slides using Google Apps Script · tanaike

Cropping Images in Google Slides using Google Apps Script

This is a sample script for cropping images in the Google Slides using Google Apps Script.

Useful snippet from Tanaike which shows how you can crop images in Google Slides by using the replace(blobSource, crop) method. The  post also highlights a limitation with the image manipulation methods available around crop centering.

Source: Cropping Images in Google Slides using Google Apps Script · tanaike

How To Create An Android App That Posts Pictures to Google Sheets with Google Apps Script

I used the MIT App Inventor site to create an Android app that…
  • Uses the camera to take a picture and saves it to the device’s gallery
  • Let’s you select a picture from the gallery
  • The image is converted into base64 and uploaded to a web app
  • Additionally, it also sends rotation and lat/lng coordinates and lets you add a textual comment as well.
This Android app sends it to an Apps Script web application inside a Google Spreadsheet

Nice fun project from Tom Smith that use MIT App Inventor to create an Android app that is able to send data to a Google Sheet. Check out the source link for all the code you need.

Source: How To Create An Android App That Posts Pictures To Google Sheets

Build A Lookup Table Generator For Google Tag Manager with Google Sheets and Apps Script

The purpose of the Lookup Table generator is to automate the often tedious task of adding many, many rows to a Lookup Table within the Google Tag Manager UI. There are other solutions for this, but none (as far as I know) that uses the Google Tag Manager API.

Within the Google Apps Script community there is a strong representation from those working in analytics and SEO. Simo Ahava has shared a comprehensive tutorial which shows how you can interact with the Google Tag Manager API in Google Sheets. Click through to the source for more details and all the code you need.

Source: Build A Lookup Table Generator For Google Tag Manager | Simo Ahava’s blog

Send Tweets from Google Sheets using a Google Apps Script

In this post, you will learn how to send automated tweets from Google Sheets to Twitter using Google Apps Script.

This post includes everything you need to get started sending tweets for Google Sheets. This tutorial uses the community contributed Twitterlib library from Bradley Momberger, which has some implemented methods for sending and fetching tweets.

Source: Send Tweets from Google Sheets using a Google Apps Script

Bulk export Qualtrics survey results to Google Sheets using Google Apps Script

The following tool is designed to connect to your Qualtrics account and export the results data for multiple surveys that you specify, in one go. The results will be appended to the Google Sheet using the survey-name to identify each sheet of data. The data itself is exported as CSV.

The spreadsheet requests some details to connect to your qualtrics accounts with clear instructions on how.

Screenshot of instructions from Google Sheet with boxes to enter information.

 

Source: The Gift of Script: Bulk export Qualtrics survey results

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

Sync RingCentral Call Log into Google Sheets with Google Apps Script | by Embbnux Ji | RingCentral Developers | Medium

In this article, I would like to show you to how to create a Google Sheets add-on to help people sync RingCentral call log into spreadsheets.

Nice post highlighting how you can integrate the RingCentral service into a Sheets Add-on. The post includes more general information about setting up access to the RingCentral API which might be useful in your other projects.

Source: Sync RingCentral Call Log into Google Sheets with Google Apps Script | by Embbnux Ji | RingCentral Developers | Medium

Subscribe to Apps Script Pulse...