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

Visually display status when looping through Google Sheets data with 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 SpreadsheetApp.flush() to force write updates to a Google Sheet. As this method relies on .setValue() instead of .setValues() it’s worth keeping in mind for bigger data sets that using HTMLService and a custom dialog or Speadsheet.toast()

If the .setValue()/.flush() Al from coda has provided this gist

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Format specific word inside a Google Sheet cell using Google Apps Script

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`.

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Sending data from a channel webhook to Google Sheets with Google Apps Script 

push data from web captioner to google sheets via webhooks built using apps script.

the problem – playing with 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 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 LockService.

In the meantime 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:

// @OnlyCurrentDoc
function doPost(e) {
  const params = JSON.parse(e.postData.contents);
    .appendParagraph(Utilities.formatDate(new Date(), "GMT", "HH:mm:ss")+': ' + params.transcript);

Source: web captioner, webhooks and google apps script

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

Integrate Google sign-in using Firebase authentication on your Google Apps Script web app

make use of firebase’s pre-built ui to authenticate users on our google apps script web app

Sometimes with Google Apps Script web apps you need a way to authenticate the user whilst also publishing the web app to run under a specific account. Sourabh Choraria details how Firebase can be setup allowing you to authenticate users with their Google account.

Source: integrate google sign-in using firebase auth on your google apps script web app

Trigger automated meeting invite reminders using Google Apps Script

send a follow-up email to all undecided participants of a meeting that you’ve scheduled via google calendar using apps script.

here’s a piece of code that you could schedule for every morning (preferably before your official work hours start) to be triggered, such that the script could iterate through every single meeting event that you’ve scheduled (i.e. where you’re the “organiser”) for the day and send an email to all those invitees who’ve neither accepted nor declined (even excluding the maybe’d ones too) to said invites.

Nice post from Sourabh Choraria which covers interacting and using data from your Google Calendar.

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conversational stats – a way to talk to your data

leverage the power of dialogflow & connect your data sources with simple apps script functions to experience the next-gen approach towards consuming data and shaping insights.

Nice proof of concept from AppsScriptPulse Contributor (and now Editor :)
Sourabh Choraria of the results of a recent hackathon to use Google Sheets as a data source for a Dialogflow agent/bot.

Source: conversational stats – a way to talk to your data

iterate ~80x faster through spreadsheet using map function in apps script

use array map method instead of “for” loops to iterate faster through 2-dimensional spreadsheet data.

Sourabh Choraria shares his experience of using to find values in a Google Sheet and the performance benefit of using this approach.

Source: iterate ~80x faster through spreadsheet using map function in apps script

SphygmoBot – A Telegram human heartbeat bot built using Google Apps Script

launching sphygmobot – a human “heartbeat” checker telegram bot that pings you every 24 hours to see if you’re alive and notifies someone in case your response fails.

Another really interesting post from Sourabh Choraria this time looking at making a Telegram bot using Google Apps Script. You can also find SphygmoBot on ProductHunt and also browse the source code on GitHub.

Source: build a telegram bot using apps script