Working around the 100-widget limit in Card Services, used when building Workspace Add-ons.
Like it says on the tin a way to display more than 100 items in a Google Workspace Add-on. The solution also has a nice UX friendly search feature to make it easier to find stuff in the UI. The source post from Sourabh Choraria includes additional information and links to the code on GitHub.
Preview tweets and user data when sharing links, along with the ability to follow a specific user or like a particular tweet.
If you haven’t looked at Google Chat apps or not looked at Chat apps for a while this is a great post from Sourabh Choraria outlining the development process using Google Apps Script. As part of this Sourabh includes an overview and source code for a Twitter powered Chat app recently published and available to try out in your Google Workspace domain. The app showcases slash commands as well as a recent new feature of preview links.
A community connector with overridable config parameters to track recent Twitter trends for a query.
For the most part this connector is pretty similar to the one I’d created for visualising global stats of SendGrid user’s email statistics but with a key difference of making use of overridable config parameters — this is what gives the connector the capability to accept a query from the report directly and return/visualize the data based on a user’s input
This post from Sourabh Choraria is a useful reminder of what is possible with Data Studio Community Connectors, in this case connecting to the Twitter API v2 to visualise the tweet count for a defined search term.
The code for this connector is available from the source post and includes lots of inline comments to help you work out what is going on making it easy to modify if you have other APIs you would like to connect.
Behind the scenes look at what went into creating an Apps Script-native Add-on to generate Webhooks for Google Sheets. ICYMI: You can access the add-on from this link and know more about what it does here
It’s worth checking out Sourabh Choraria’s latest Google Sheets add-on which enables users to quickly setup a Google Sheet to receive data from other services which support the creation of webhooks. As part of this solution the add-on makes extensive use of the Apps Script API, which can be used to programmatically manage Apps Script projects including deployments. This post from Sourabh highlights some of the key endpoints used in the Apps Script API as well as a number of lessons learned about deploying web apps for users.
Convert array values from the doGet & doPost event parameters into 2D array when writing them onto a Google Sheet.
Sourabh Choraria has hit a rich patch of Google Apps Script exploration and following the post we shared recently on Google Sheets cell precedents in this latest post Sourabh looks at restructuring data into a cartesian product. The post contains some nice other ‘Easter Eggs’, in particular, worth checking out Sourabh’s latest Workspace Add-on, Webhooks for Sheets, and a snippet of code on GitHub used in the add-on for handling GET and POST requests.
enumerate a range in google sheets using google apps script and use that to find precedents of cells that contain a formula.
Let’s start with the ubiquity of spreadsheets. I’ve long felt that spreadsheets were everywhere but until a post from Hjalmar Gislason I had never seen it in numbers and it made for interesting reading:
1.2 billion people use Microsoft Office (WindowsCentral, March 2016), odds are most of them have at least access to Microsoft Excel.
Excel is the number one skill mentioned in job ads, mentioned in approximately 1 in 3 job ads! (Indeed.com Job Trends, June 2017).
In 2010, RescueTime found that about 25% of computer users used Excel on a daily basis and that about 2% of all time spent on a computer anywhere was spent using Microsoft Excel.
As useful as spreadsheets are the underlying data structure can cause problems. This is covered in more detail in Patrick Burns’ Spreadsheet Addiction, which amongst other things highlights the ambiguity of value and formula:
Primarily the problem is that some cells have hidden meaning. When you see a number in a cell, you don’t know if that is a pure number or a number that is derived from a formula in the cell. While this distinction is usually immaterial, it can be critical.
The leading example is sorting. When rows are sorted, usually it is desired to sort the numbers as they are. However, it will be the formulas that are sorted. To humans the numbers are the primary thing, and the formulas are just something in the background. To the spreadsheet the formulas are primary, and the numbers are mere results.
This is a long winded way to highlight some work from Sourabh Choraria which is exploring how the relationship between formulas and cells can be extracted in Google Sheets. As part of this Sourabh is looking at how the
can be processed to find precedent cells. There are some very funky use of regex to parse formulas which is worth spending some time to digest.
here’s how you can generate a cryptographically random code verifier, hash it using sha256 & derive it’s base64 encoded challenge in google apps script.
Continuing the crypto theme Sourabh Choraria has been geeking out with Proof Key for Code Exchange (PKCE) OAuth 2.0 authentication flows which be used in the new Twitter API when making requests on behalf of users.
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
‘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
when making asynchronous API calls in Google Apps Script.
show a processing status in a cell when looping through rows in google sheets using google apps script.
When working with small batches of data it can be useful to show the user that the data is being processed. Here is an example script from Sourabh Choraria which use
to force write updates to a Google Sheet. As this method relies on
it’s worth keeping in mind for bigger data sets that using HTMLService and a custom dialog or Speadsheet.toast()
Al from coda has provided this gist
To make this work, you need to add a Sparkline() function to your Google Sheet that references a hidden “For progress” column: pic.twitter.com/jk87wvuuyj
Format (bold) a single word or a group of words automatically in sheets, using google apps script.
This example from Sourabh Choraria is a nice example of how you can apply text formatting to parts of Google Sheet cell values. Reading Sourabh post got me thinking if having an Add-on or built in feature that used basic markdown for cell formatting would be useful? e.g. typing `I just love **bold text**` would result in the cell being displayed as `I just love bold text`.
push data from web captioner to google sheets via webhooks built using apps script.
the problem – playing with webcaptioner.com which lets you specify a webhook url. i was experimenting with adding captions to a google doc in realtime but apps script couldn’t keep up dropping ~20% of the captions sent via the hook
Sourabh Choraria kindly helped me solve an issue I was having passing data from webcaptioner.com to Google Sheets. Click through to the source link for the full explanation from Sourabh, but in essence the problem was I was losing data because I wasn’t using the
In the meantime webcaptioner.com have also updated there channel webhooks so you can set a data chuck size so if you are looking to capture a transcript in Google Docs you can use the following published as a container bound web app:
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.