AppSheet/PayPal integrated payment solutions and tips on handling data in Google Sheets

This post highlights how Google Apps Script can be used to enhance an AppSheet app and create integrations with third party services and APIs. More importantly it hopefully illustrates how Apps Script and use of the Sheets Advanced Service can be used to effectively manage data in Google Sheets, optimising calls for reading/writing data to reduce response times and preventing concurrent overwriting.

Working with the Google Drive API Revisions history: Tips for handling revision merges

Having spent quite a bit of time working with the Google Drive API Revisions resource in this post I thought it would be useful to share some of the lessons and solutions I’ve picked up along the way. For this I’ll be sharing code snippets for interacting with the Revisions resource with Google Apps Script, but the solutions discussed could easily be applied to your programming language of choice.

[Repost] How to automate Google Apps Script deployments and workflows with GitHub Actions

Managing code particularly in container bound projects can be a real headache for Apps Script developers. The Script REST API has made this a lot easier both is terms of managing scripts but also opening up options for different development environments, including local development using clasp and your preferred IDE.

My experience is Google Apps Script developers generally like automation and a lot of their Google Workspace solutions are automation problems. Using GitHub Actions is a great way you can also automate your software workflows. This contribution from Goran Kukurin is an excellent example of how you can make your Google Apps Script development less cumbersome and error-prone using GitHub Actions.

Formatting date/time values using the user’s timezone for Google Workspace Add-ons using Google Apps Script [repost]

Working with dates, times and time zones can often be a bit of a headache. In a recent App Script project I encountered an issue with display date/times returned from an API in the users local time setting. Here are a couple of solutions I came across for getting the user’s time zone and handling ‘big balls of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey… stuff’

Tips, tricks and scripts for automating your Gmail inbox with Google Apps Script

This is a repost of an editorial piece I shared on AppsScriptPulse One the powerful features of Google Apps Script is with a couple of lines of code you can quickly start automating and organising your inbox. For people just getting started with Apps Script Google provide a introductory codelab ‘Accessing Google Sheets, Maps, and Gmail […]

Google Apps Script developer notes on using the new Google Forms REST API

Google recently announced the general availability of the new Google Forms API. For developers familiar with Google Apps Script for some time it has been possible to create, access, and modify Google Forms through the Forms Service. In this post I will highlight why Google Apps Script developers might want to use the new Forms API and some resources I’ve found useful for working with the new API in Apps Script projects. As part of this I’d like to share my experience of using the Forms API within a Google Forms Add-on and some factors to consider if you are particularly interested in watching for Google Form edits.

Perservence Gets Ready to Touch Down

Fusion Thoughts (March 2021) – It’s been emotional …

There is probably an entire blog post or research paper that could be written around emotional intelligence and engagement in fusion learning. The challenge, how to design learning and environments that support our ability to connect with the moment, but here are some links/resources that have caught my eye

SyntaxHighlighter-GAS code editing and result

A SyntaxHighlighter Evolved WordPress plugin for Google Apps Script contributors

With my published content I like to include useful code snippets. As I published on a self-hosted WordPress blog I’ve used plugins to help format the code to make it easier to understand and also aesthetically look nice. In this post I share a WordPress plugin I’ve developed for Google Apps Script syntax highlighting.

Adding an unsubscribe link to the Google Workspace Solution Gallery ‘Mail merge using Gmail and Google Sheets’

Recently I came across a nice post from Ravgeet Dhillon, which looked at how to Add Unsubscribe link in emails using Google Apps Script. The solution uses a Google Sheet and a Google Apps Script web app to add an unsubscribe link to emails. As I noted when shared via AppsScriptPulse this is a useful addition if your mailing needs comply with PECR or similar electronic communications regulation compliance.

Having recently updated my ‘Create a mail merge using Gmail and Google Sheets’ in the Google Workspace Solution Gallery to handle inline images I thought it would be useful to show how this example can be extended to include a variation on Ravgeet’s post.

Association for Learning Technology to Edinburgh Futures Institute

From Association for Learning Technology to Edinburgh Futures Institute

After 7+ years working for the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) late last year my decision to leave the organisation was announced. My personal reflections and beginnings as Learning Design and Technology Lead at the Edinburgh Futures Institute.

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