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Sending emails on a schedule with Google Apps Script

Ever wondered how you would automate tasks in Google Workspace without using a tool developed by an external entity? Google has your back. In this article, we will see how one can send emails on a schedule. As an example, I have used an annual event. A birthday reminder script, if you will.

A simple example but for those just starting out in Google Apps Script a nice example of using time-based triggers.

Source: Sending emails on a schedule with Google Apps Script

TSChatWise : Post lessons and learning resources specified in a Google Sheet to one or more Google Chat rooms — Getting Started

In a previous post I introduced TSChatWise … a Google Sheets and Apps Script powered Google Chat tool for teaching and learning. 🚀 This post is the third post in a TSChatWise “Getting Started” series where I’ll discuss how to get started with TSChatWise.

We’ve feature TSChatWise in AppsScriptPulse in the past but worth revisiting as author Laura Taylor has created some resources to help you get started.

Source: TSChatWise — Getting Started

Make your own Office Desk Booking with Apps Script

In this new era post Covid, to come back to work we have to maintain a certain quota of people at the office. At Devoteam G Cloud we had this needs and to be able to manage people at office we build a web app with Apps Script to manage team and people presence on site.

A great example from Stéphane Giron using Google Apps Script to rapidly develop and deploy an office management solution. The post highlights the utility of PropertiesService to store data in the web app. This solution falls into the category of minimum viable product, but given the nature of Apps Script could be a great project to build on with integration with other Google services.

Source: Make your own Office Desk Booking with Apps Script

Create Filters in Google Sheet using Google Apps Script

How to create filters in Google Sheets using Google Apps Script.

There are lots of ways you can filter data in Google Sheets and in this post Aryan Irani uses SpreadsheetApp.newFilterCriteria() to create a filter and then copy the filtered data to a new sheet. The post contains everything you need to know to filter data in this way.

Source: Create Filters in Google Sheet using Google 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…

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

Replace text in Google Spreadsheets with Apps Script using TextFinder

Google Sheets has a powerful find and replace function. But you may want to use Google Apps Script to do the same job. StackOverflow has a question on this. The accepted answer would require you to loop through all cells, find the text, replace it and post the new text back to the cell. Google Apps Script has a more powerful, and simpler, method called TextFinder .

Usual post highlighting the TextFinder method which you can use to find and replace text in Google Sheets. The post has more information about this method and how to use it.

Source: Replace text in Google Spreadsheets with Apps Script

Create membership expiration in Google Groups for Google Workspace

Manage Google Groups membership expiration with Google Apps Script and Cloud Identity API

As noted by Stéphane Giron Google Group member expiration is not available on all types of Google Workspace accounts, but this post is a useful reminder of what is now possible when it is. The most includes a full explanation and code to get started.

Source: Create membership expiration in Google Groups for Google Workspace

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

Save PDF from URL directly to Google Drive using Google Apps Script

There is a PDF file on the Internet. Say this one. And you want to save it to your Google Drive. The tedious way is to download it to your computer. … and then upload it to your Google Drive. (Seems like too much work.) If only you could send the PDF straight from where it is stored on the Internet, to your Google Drive…

Nice little snippet which shows how you can add .pdf files to Google Drive.

Source: Save PDF from URL directly to Google Drive using Google Apps Script

Modern Angular in Google Workspace Editor Add-ons

I intend this post for established Add-on developers who want to use Angular in Google Workspace editor Add-ons and Google Apps Script webapps. This does not attempt to show how to create Add-ons or Angular apps, but the tooling and build process to use Angular apps in Add-ons. I am also assuming familiarity with installing and using CLI tools in your development workflow.

We recently had the author of this post, Spencer Easton, on an episode of Totally Unscripted to talk about this topic. This companion post provides an overview of using Angular for Add-on development. There is a cost associated with this solution has separate hosting is required for the Webpacks, but as covered by Spencer the cost is low (for a 100K+ users add-on the cost is $8/month).

Source: Modern Angular in Google Workspace Editor Add-ons

Maintain Google Apps Script in an Enterprise environment – Google Apps Script deployment with Cloud Build

In this article I will showcase the way I deploy Google Apps Script code in an Enterprise environment. I will share the actual build file and the necessary steps and tools to reproduce my workflow. This approach does require Google Cloud Platform knowledge and a credit card. The instructions are high level, this article is not a codelab.

For those interested in scaling up their Google Apps Script development Jasper Duizendstra outlines how you can use Google Cloud Build for version control and Continuous Deployment (CD). As Jasper notes:

When the CD pipeline is in place it becomes easy to deploy the script, separate the responsibilities and support multiple versions and implementations of the code … the most important advantage of using CD is the mindset that it enables. It provides an environment where I feel confident and safe to create small incremental changes in my applications.

Source: Google Apps Script deployment with Cloud Build

Tracking Email Opens with Gmail, Sheets, and Apps Script

This walkthrough will let you build a tracker for email opens using Gmail, Google Sheet, and Google Apps Script.

Interesting solution that popped up in the Google Apps Script community for logging email opens using Google Apps Script. The post includes a detailed walkthrough for setting this up as well as some caveats about reliability.

Source: Tracking Email Opens with Gmail, Sheets, and Apps Script

Introducing LASTEDIT(), a Timestamp Formula for Google Sheets

“When was the last time this sheet was uploaded?” Probably one of the biggest requests I get is how do I add a timestamp to check when some particular range was changed. Well, [here] is a simple function you can add to your Google Sheets doc to add the formula LASTEDIT()

The question of recording when a cell/range has been edited has landed in my inbox before. I’ve not tested this solution myself but from the scan of the script worth noting that this solution will only work on one cell array per Google Sheet, so some modification might be required if you have more than one range you’d like to monitor.

Source: Introducing LASTEDIT(), a Timestamp Formula for Google Sheets

Google Apps Scripts Libraries — How to set them up and turn Slack into a real-time logging platform

This post shows how to setup Libraries in Google Apps Scripts to share code and functions. We will use this while using Slack for logging.

Nice post from Matt “Rudy” Benton on using libraries in your Apps Script projects to make it easier to share code/credentials. Matt illustrates this with a Slack app that has also been documented.

Source: Google Apps Scripts Libraries — How to set them up and turn Slack into a real-time logging platform

5 Great Features in the new Google Apps Script Editor for Beginners

The new editor (Integrated Development Environment — IDE) for Google Apps Script is out! There is a lot of features in the new editor to make your lives easier; here’s my top 5 favorites that I think are helpful for beginners to write and manage their scripts.

We’ve reshared a number of community contributions about the new Apps Script IDE, but this is the first we’ve seen that is specifically targeted at beginners. As well as useful functionality within the IDE Cleo also shares some of her tips which should help writing code easier.

Source: 5 Great Features in the new Google Apps Script Editor for Beginners

When the Best Google Sheet is the One You Don’t Make

How to build a more perfect workflow for data updates and changes by coding in Apps Script between the Sheets

Thought provoking post by Max Brawer exploring the utility and fragility of using spreadsheets as part of a decision making processes and how Apps Script can be used to overcome some of these shortcomings.

Source: When the Best Google Sheet is the One You Don’t Make

How to write a custom function library for Google Sheets

In this article I will showcase one of the many ways you can customize your Google Workspace environment. We will implement two custom functions in Google Sheets. With these functions as an example I will demonstrate how to use Google Apps Script Libraries to organise and distribute your solution. There are multiple ways to distribute your Apps Script code within the Google Workspace, and this article will help you decide if this library method is right for you.

Always nice to have some advanced techniques in your toolbox. In this example from Jasper Duizendstra he explores how custom functions in Google Sheets can be packaged and used in Libraries.
Source: How to write a custom function library for Google Sheets

Deploy easily with the new Google Apps Script IDE

A week ago Google announced the availability of an improved code editor for Google Apps Script. … In this article, I’ll focus on the changes related to Versions and Deployments in Apps Script.

Post from Romain Vialard unpicking deployments with the new Apps Script IDE. Romain highlights lots of very useful tips and things to be aware of when deploying Apps Script projects, in particular:

For existing scripts, deploying from the new IDE will create a new deployment with a different url for your web app

Source: Deploy easily with the new Google Apps Script IDE

Google Apps Script deployment with Cloud Build

Google Apps Script can go way beyond a simple script that solves a problem. In this article I will showcase the way I deploy Google Apps Script code in an Enterprise environment. I will share the actual build file and the necessary steps and tools to reproduce my workflow. This approach does require Google Cloud Platform knowledge and a credit card.

Source: Google Apps Script deployment with Cloud Build

How to get the most out of the new Google Apps Script debugger and logging

Building and maintaining code can be hard. There are multiple phases in the livecycle of the code, each phase with its own challenges. Being able to easily retrieve information about the execution of your code in each phase is key. This is where the new Google Apps Script IDE debugging and logging features can help. In this article I will show you what you can do with the new debugging and logging features.

Some great tips from Jasper Duizendstra on using the logging and debugging features of the new Apps Script IDE.

Source: How to get the most out of the new Google Apps Script debugger & logging

Check Twilio Balance using Google Apps Script

In this post, we will learn how to check the Twilio Balance using Apps Script and send an email to the user when the threshold level meets.

Nice post that introduces interacting with the Twilio service using Google Apps Script. The post includes lots of useful screenshots and illustrations to help you create you own billing alert system.

Source: Check Twilio Balance using Apps Script

Content generation with Google Workspace Add-ons

Google Workspace Add-ons

Image credit: Google

Back when G Suite, err… Google Workspace Add-ons launched, support for Docs, Sheets, and Slides was conspicuously absent. Sure, they’ve long supported their own flavor of add-ons, but the idea of building an add-on two different ways didn’t sit well with me. Thankfully I didn’t have to wait too long for the editors to catch up. … Now that add-ons work in the editors I had the chance to build a few small demos to try them out.

Recently it was announced that Google Workspace Add-ons now support the extension of the Editors (Docs, Sheets and Slides). Steven Bazyl (Google, DevRel) has shared an overview to help you get started with Workspace Add-ons. The examples Steven shares are particularly useful if you want to start developing add-ons that work across editors as well as in Gmail. This post is particularly useful for tips on handling different host applications. Follow the link to the source for all the code and more details…

Source: Content generation with Google Workspace Add-ons

Send Charts In Email Using Google Apps Script

… how to send Charts in Email using Google Apps Script. Sending charts on Email can be used to send the attendance charts of the students, sales chart for the week, share price charts, etc.

Always nice to see others in the Apps Script community use the work of others for inspiration and reshare the results. In this post latest post from Aryan Irani you can learn how to send charts from Google Sheets. This post covers a basic technique that you can easily expand on (if you are having issues with the charts rendered in your emails using this solution check out my referenced post for an alternative method).

Source: Send Charts In Email Using Google Apps Script

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

Google Apps Script: Air Quality Index Slack bot

Rather than manually update my team hourly, I used a slack bot that grabs the AQI from the air now API every hour. So I thought I’d share how I did it, and maybe if you use G Suite and Slack in your workplace you could set one up too.

Nice post describing how you can use Google Apps Script to develop a Slack bot that is setup to post messages to a Slack channel at regular intervals. Click through to the source to find out more.

Source: Google Apps Script: AQI Slack bot

Develop My First Gmail Add-on via Google Apps Script: My Software Engineer Internship at dialoggBox

I’m a teacher-turned-developer actively searching my first software engineer job during the pandemic after graduating from Hackbright Academy. As a bootcamp new grad, I am lucky to get an internship opportunity to develop a gmail add-on product at dialoggBox to gain my first industry experience and learn how to work with stakeholders.

My article will be composed of three parts:

  • What service do dialoggBox and this gmail add-on provide?
  • What was my experience using Google Apps Script to build an add-on product?
  • How did I develop each section of the gmail add-on?

The actual details of the add-on developed by the author, Nancy Dai, are promised in a follow-up post but this post serves as a useful insight into the main things to look out for when developing Gmail Add-ons.

Bonus: Following the link to the dialoggBox website I spotted they were using icons from freepik.com which also took me their sister site flaticon.com, which in turn took me to their ‘Icons for Slides and Docs’ add-on.

Source: Develop My First Gmail Add-on via Google Apps Script: My Software Engineer Internship at dialoggBox

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

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