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SQL for Apps Script – it’s here – Desktop Liberation

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While working on Sheets Workbook functions – converted to Apps Script I realized that I’d need to tackle the query language at some point, so I figured I may as well go the whole hog and implement a comprehensive SQL variant for Apps Script. Luckily though, I found alasql so with a few tweaks it was ready to go!

A couple Google Apps Script community contributors have shared solutions for using the AlaSQL.js library. Latest come from Bruce Mcpherson, which is included as the source link. If you use Bruce’s fiddler library his post is worth checking out as he provides examples showing how both libraries can be used together. Another version of AlaSQL.js you should look at is Alex Ivanov’s AlaSQLGS which also includes some data and code samples.

Source: SQL for Apps Script – it’s here – Desktop Liberation

Sort by Random – How to Randomize the Order of Rows in Google Sheets – Digital Inspiration

Learn how to sort your data in a Google Sheet in randomized order using Excel formulas and Google Apps Script.

Nice little snippet from Amit Agarwal which includes some Google Apps Script code for randomising the order of rows in Google Sheets. The code has some clever use of .autoFillToNeighbor() , .offset() and .sort() .

Source: Sort by Random – How to Randomize the Order of Rows in Google Sheets – Digital Inspiration

A Google Apps Script powered Google Chat Updates Bot

Keep up to date with any feed by having new posts published to a Google Chat room using Apps Script and Webhooks. Feeds included in this example are various official Google blogs.

This is a nice solution developed by Justin Wexler which provides an easy solution which can monitor a list of blogs and post any updates to a Google Chat room. The source post provides more detail on setup and how to use the code with your own Google Chat rooms. The code also provides a useful pattern for monitoring updates from RSS feeds.

Source: jdw353/google-workspace-apps-script-toolbox

Using Google Apps Script to find/print inactive users in Google Workspace – xFanatical

In large organizations, it’s overwhelming for admins to find inactive users in the User List of Google Admin Console. These inactive users have not been logged in their Google accounts for a long period. It imposes a potential security risk to the organizational data if these accounts are not taken care of. A free apps script to print all inactive users in Google Workspace. The following open source Google Apps Script can automate the process of printing inactive users in your domain.

Nice little snippet from xFanatical. Check out the source link for all the code and instructions for using.

Source: Print inactive users in Google Workspace – xFanatical

Check/uncheck the entire checklist in Google Docs with Google Apps Script

Currently it is unknown if the checklist can be manipulated in Docs. Clark Lind suggests to replace a list item with a copy of one of them (which is in expected state – check/uncheck)

A nice example of the Google Apps Script developer community helping each other out. In this case Alexander Ivanov was looking for a way to interact with the new Google Docs checklist feature. A direct way to interact with these isn’t possible but some clever coding from Alex demonstrates what is currently possible.

Source: Uncheck a checklist

Creating Colorful Buttons on Google Spreadsheet using Google Apps Script

This is a sample script for creating the colorful buttons on Google Spreadsheet on Google Apps Script.

There are some interesting features in this script example, combining the use of Google Slides to create buttons and then assigning a script function to the result using the .assignScript() method.

Source: Creating Colorful Buttons on Google Spreadsheet using Google Apps Script

Data Enrichment with the Google Tables Apps Script Bot -Ben Collins

Learn how the Google Tables Apps Script Bot works and see an example of data enrichment using the Mattermark API.

In this post, I’ll show you how to use the new Google Tables Apps Script Bot. When something happens in your Google Table – a new row, or a value changes – a bot can be set to trigger an Apps Script function. It opens up a world of new possibilities.

While the Tables beta has been announced as joining Google Cloud it is still limited to US users. In the meantime for those outside the US we are limited to watching from the sidelines. Fortunately we can watch through the expert eyes of community members, in this case the esteemed Ben Collins. In this post Ben highlights how the experimental Tables Apps Script integration can be used to develop bots.

Source: Data Enrichment with the Google Tables Apps Script Bot –

Sheets Workbook functions in Apps Script – Date and Time and Temporal primer – Desktop Liberation

Timezones

If you are handling data from sheets it might be useful to use the same logic as is available in the worksheet for common tasks rather than reinventing them. Dates and Times are especially complicated as JavaScript dates are not good with timezones and date arithmetic, especially since spreadsheets and scripts can exist in different timezones from each other. I’m using Temporal – dates, times and timezones and the proposed new Date system for ECMAScript to emulate what Sheets functions do, and I’ll go through the implementation as a learning aid for Temporal as much as a documentation of the functions.

Source: Sheets Workbook functions in Apps Script – Date and Time and Temporal primer – Desktop Liberation

XPath Tester using Web Apps Created by Google Apps Script (working with existing Google Sheets functions in Apps Script)

In this post, I would like to introduce the xpath tester using Web Apps created by Google Apps Script.

This is an interesting little Apps Script solution from Kanshi Tanaike which uses the existing Google Sheets =IMPORTXML() in a Google Apps Script  Web App to test an XPath. As there is a delay in loading some Google Sheets function results this post includes a nice little coding pattern using a do...while loop to wait for results to render.

Source: XPath Tester using Web Apps Created by Google Apps Script

Creates a Google Workspace Add-on file picker card with CardService that opens a Google Picker in an overlay window – Google Apps Script – Yagisanatode

So you have this awesome idea for a Google Workspace Add-on (GWAO), but you need to be able to select Google Drive files and folders as a part of your process. … Ideally, you would want a built-in File Picker class that would select the files and folders from the directories you need. Whelp… unfortunately, we don’t have that right now for Google Apps Script’s Card Service.

One approach might be to build out a file picker card selecting each parent’s files and folders and navigate through it like, say, a linked list. … Instead, I decided to incorporate Googles File Picker API as a popup window from the sidebar, because, it’s kinda what it is designed for.

The Google Apps Script GDEs are publishing some very thorough tutorials just now. The latest comes from Scott Donald who has published a tutorial exploring how the Google Drive Picker can be used with Workspace Add-ons that use the Card Service. The post is particularly good at highlighting the steps required as a Google Cloud Console project.

Source: Creates a Google Workspace Add-on file picker card with CardService that opens a Google Picker in an overlay window – Google Apps Script – Yagisanatode

eMayordomo – Monitoring Gmail and conditional responses with Google Apps Script

Este artículo presenta eMayordomo, un desarrollo GAS capaz de vigilar un buzón de Gmail y responder automáticamente y de manera condicionada a los correos electrónicos procedentes de diversos formularios web, enviando mensajes preparados de antemano. Estas respuestas preparadas soportan HTML, imágenes en línea, archivos adjuntos y emojis.

Google Translate: This article presents eMayordomo , a GAS development capable of monitoring a Gmail mailbox and responding automatically and in a conditional manner to emails from various web forms, sending messages prepared in advance. These prepared responses support HTML, inline images, attachments, and emojis

For non-Spanish speakers you’ll have to hit Google Translate but it is well worth it for the very thorough documentation Pablo Felip has prepared, which includes the source blog post and GitHub repository. The repository is particularly useful to look at as Pablo has taken the time to document and explain the various Google Apps Script functions he has developed, methods used and potential issues/limitations when interacting with a Gmail inbox.

Source: Respuestas automáticas a formularios web con eMayordomo

How to Change the Font in your Google Documents with Apps Script – Digital Inspiration

How to change the font family and font styles of multiple Word documents in your Google Drive with Apps Script. This example show how to replace the font family of your Google Documents of specific sections – the heading titles are rendered in a different font while the tables, list items, body and table of contents are formatted with a separate font.

Source: How to Change the Font in your Google Documents with Apps Script – Digital Inspiration

Random and fake test data in Sheets with Google Apps Script – Desktop Liberation

Image credit: Bruce Mcpherson

Image credit: Bruce Mcpherson

Sometimes you need to generate some fake data for a spreadsheet. In this post I’ll cover a few utilities in 2 separate libraries that can help with this.

Bruce Mcpherson has put together a Google Apps Script library which is a port of Faker.js and elements of d3.js to make it easier to generate random data in your projects. You can see the full list of Faker.js methods which includes a wide range from names/addresses to dates to just lorem text. The library can also generate various fake datasets, strings and selectors.

Source: Random and fake test data in Sheets with Google Apps Script – Desktop Liberation

How to find and replace text in a Google Doc with a link or a list of links with Google Apps Script – Yagisanatode

Learn how to find and replace text with a link in Google Docs with Google Apps Script Document App with 3 different scenarios.

So you are a citizen Google Apps Script developer and you’ve decided to make yourself a mail-merge-type project where you want to create new documents from a template. … Now you want to take it to the next level and replace the text with a hyperlink containing the text and the URL. You might be scratching your head wondering where the replaceTextWithLink() method is or why you can’t simply chain the setLinkUrl() method without making a hyperlink out of the entire body of the document.

Another one of Scott Donald’s very thorough tutorials, this one exploring link creation in Google Docs.

Source: How to find and replace text in a Google Doc with a link or a list of links with Google Apps Script – Yagisanatode

Apps Script – How to track library and script usage – Desktop Liberation

You’ve written a great Apps Script library and you want to know how many people are using it, and perhaps even which parts of the library they are using, and how often. Perhaps you have a new version out, and need to know whether anybody is still using the old version. You may also have a set of libraries and you want to know whether users have flipped to the new version. All these things are important to know, but impossible to find out using the Apps script platform as is.

Bruce Mcpherson provides a detailed solution for tracking Google Apps Script library usage using the Properties Service. The source post contains everything you need to integrate this solution into your existing libraries as well as a quick way to chart usage.

Source: Apps Script – How to track library and script usage – Desktop Liberation

How to Use Notion with Gmail and Google Sheets using Apps Script – Digital Inspiration

How to use the Notion API with Google Apps Script to connect Gmail, Google Forms, and Google Sheets with your Notion workspace.

Notion, my absolute favorite tool for storing all sorts of things from web pages to code snippets to recipes, just got better. They’ve released a public API and thus it will be a lot easier for developers to read and write to their Notion workspace from external apps.

For note keeping fans of Notion Amit Agarwal shares some basic code to interact with the Notion API. Amit also has wrapped this into a new private beta Gmail Add-on that you can see in the post with a link to request early access.

Source: How to Use Notion with Gmail and Google Sheets using Apps Script – Digital Inspiration

Automate Google Sheet Reporting in 5 minutes

Have you ever collect data with google sheets where the sheets are shared with everyone in your organization for inputting their weekly, monthly data such as performance reporting, inventory reporting, or KPI data reporting? How good if these repetitive actions can be automated and the final report can be emailed out to respective people (such as your boss) every month? Yes, this article can help you to achieve this target!

This is a nice tutorial if you are looking for a quick way to send Google Sheets charts by email.

Source: Automate Google Sheet Reporting in 5 minutes

Using UrlFetchApp.fetch vs. fetchAll in Google Apps Script

Make multiple, asynchronous API calls simultaneously using UrlFetchApp.fetchAll in Apps Script. mostly when running through a list of resources against which an API call needs to be triggered, we end up using the UrlFetchApp ‘s fetch service; however, in case if the list is well-defined and needs to be consumed as a whole, you could make use of the fetchall service instead.

In this post sourabh choraria highlights the benefits of UrlFetchApp.fetchAll() when making asynchronous API calls in Google Apps Script.

Source: using UrlFetchApp.fetch vs. fetchAll in google apps script

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

Adding Slide Page Link to Shape using Google Apps Script

This is a sample script for adding the slide page link to the shape using Google Apps Script

Nice little snippet that might be useful to look at just for an example for adding shapes to Google Slides.

Source: Adding Slide Page Link to Shape using Google Apps Script

How to Print the Function Call Flow with Stack Trace in JavaScript/Google Apps Script – Digital Inspiration

The printStackTrace method of Java is useful for handling exceptions and errors during development. It tells you the exact line number in your source code and the file name where the problem occurred.

If you are working in the JavaScript / Google Apps Script world, you can use the console.trace() method to output the complete stack inside the web console ( or StackDriver logs for Google Scripts).

A better alternative is that you parse the stack property of the Error object. This contains the entire stack trace along with line numbers, column position and the function names.

Great debugging tip from Amit that you can use in Google Apps Script for parsing the entire stack trace along with line numbers, column position and the function names. Check the source link below for example code and usage.

Source: How to Print the Function Call Flow with Stack Trace in JavaScript – Digital Inspiration

Github as an Apps Script cache platform – Desktop Liberation

Use Github as a back end for caching large objects across platforms. It’s possible to use a github repo as the back end for a caching service, and by taking this approach we can share data between Apps script and multiple platforms. It also means you can retrieve the data with the git CLI in addition. It works in exactly the same way as all the other backends. … Using a regular git Repo means you can make it private and share it using the tools already built into Github.

Source: Github as an Apps Script cache platform – Desktop Liberation

Taking Away the Pain from Unit Testing in Google Apps Script

Unit testing is an extremely important practice. It helps developers avoid bugs easily and lets you know when something is broken immediately. … There are numerous libraries that exist for unit testing in JavaScript, including Jest and Mocha; however, they aren’t necessarily well-adapted to run under the Google Apps Script environment. … For that reason, I built my own library with Google Apps Script in mind.

We’ve featured a couple of community contributions around Google Apps Script Unit Testing and if this is a topic that interests you then the related posts section below will link to additional resources. This post from Dmitry Kostyuk is a great addition and the accompanying UnitTestingApp library that is shared in the post has some very useful Google Apps Script related features such as a dedicated method to check your data is a 2D array (particularly useful in the context of handling spreadsheet values). Follow the source link for more details…

Source: Taking Away the Pain from Unit Testing in Google Apps Script

How to Unsubscribe from Mailing Lists and Junk Newsletters in Gmail with Google Apps Script – Digital Inspiration

Christian Heilmann’s tweet – Feature request for Gmail: automatically find and follow the unsubscribe link in all highlighted emails – prompted me to build an automated system for unsubscribing your Gmail address from the bulk senders. Here’s how it looks…

This is an older example from Amit Labnol that recently pinged my Google Alerts from this Best Unroll.me Alternatives post. The source post from Amit has some nice details about how marketing emails are marked up and the code shared might be a nice starter for your own solution.

Source: How to Unsubscribe from Mailing Lists and Junk Newsletters in Gmail – Digital Inspiration

3 Favourite things in one article – Apps Script, Redis and GraphQL – Desktop Liberation

I’m a great fan of both Redis and GraphQL. You’ll find plenty of articles about them around on this site. Although I’ve showed many examples of GraphQL and Apps Script, it was never possible to connect up Apps Script to Redis, because redis doesn’t use HTTP to communicate between Client and Server. I’ve come across upstash.com (with a free tier), that fronts a redis database with a GraphQL API.

The upstash.com service looks like a nice find from Bruce Mcpherson and his post details how you can use this for cross platform caching.

Source: 3 Favourite things in one article – redis, apps script and graphQl – Desktop Liberation

How to programmatically schedule weekly time triggers between two dates in Google Apps Script – Yagisanatode

A tool to schedule weekly time triggers between two dates in Google Apps Script. Grab the code and ready the quick-use guide or stick around for a deep dive.

Nice solution from Scott Donald to setup timed triggers for a fixed period so you don’t have to worry about manually adding/removing.

Source: How to programmatically schedule weekly time triggers between two dates in Google Apps Script – Yagisanatode

YouTube Email Alerts – Monitor Videos around your favorite Topics [using Google Apps Script] – Digital Inspiration

Learn how to setup email alerts for YouTube videos and get daily automatically notification when new videos are uploaded that match your search topics.

Very slick example from Amit Agarwal and for the more advanced Google Apps Script developer well worth checking out the source code to see how Amit handles setting up and managing script triggers.

Source: YouTube Email Alerts – Monitor Videos around your favorite Topics – Digital Inspiration

Using Design Patterns in Google Apps Script – Introduction to façade and proxy patterns

A lot of users try and quickly learn GAS and use it to make their lives easier. It’s all great, however the code we sometimes tend to come across on StackOverflow and other sites lacks best practices, hence I thought it was time to start bringing them up and I will start today with design patterns.

As noted by the post author Dmitry Kostyuk the Google Apps Script V8 runtime opens up many new coding opportunities previously not available to Apps Script developers. Using the common use case, fetching data and writing it to a Google Sheet, Dmitry explains how the façade and proxy code patterns can be used to write efficient easy-to-read code.

Source: Using Design Patterns in Google Apps Script

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