Google Script: Enterprise Application Essentials
Adding Functionality to Your Google Apps
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: February 2012
Pages: 216

How can you extend Google Apps to fit your organization’s needs? This concise guide shows you how to use Google Scripts, the JavaScript-based language that provides a complete web-based development platform—with no downloads, configuration, or compiling required. You’ll learn how to add functionality to Gmail, spreadsheets, and other Google services, or build data-driven apps that run from a spreadsheet, in a browser window, or within a Google Site.

If you have some JavaScript experience, getting started with Google Scripts is easy. Through code examples and step-by-step instructions, you’ll learn how to build applications that authenticate users, display custom data from a spreadsheet, send emails, and many more tasks.

  • Learn Google Script’s built-in debugger, script manager, and other features
  • Create a user interface as a pop-up window, a web page, or a Google Sites gadget
  • Use data objects and CSS to build effective product pages
  • Automatically generate web forms from key values you specify in your Google Docs
  • Create a database UI that works as a mobile app and Google Site gadget
  • Use Google Docs and Gmail to create a document revision workflow
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2.8

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46%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Helpful examples (6)
  • Easy to understand (5)

Cons

  • Too many errors (8)
  • Difficult to understand (7)
  • Not comprehensive enough (4)

Best Uses

  • Intermediate (6)
  • Novice (3)
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1.0

Grossly out of date

By CCX

from Houston, TX

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Pros

    Cons

    • Difficult to understand
    • Not comprehensive enough
    • Too many errors

    Best Uses

      Comments about oreilly Google Script: Enterprise Application Essentials:

      I just bout this book this week (Feb 3, 2014) and I was in too big a hurry to read the comments. So far this book is almost unusable after chapter 2. Once you get into the oAuth and Fusion examples the code just completely breaks down. The embedded links in the book to get the class and code examples do not consistently work.

      I am sorely disappointed in this book. Having paid extra for the updates to the book, I would have expected them ACTUALLY update it. Alas, they have not and it is just too out of date to be effective.

       
      4.0

      Excellent intro to the big Google world

      By Johan

      from London, UK

      About Me Developer

      Pros

      • Easy to understand
      • Helpful examples

      Cons

      • Too many errors

      Best Uses

      • Intermediate

      Comments about oreilly Google Script: Enterprise Application Essentials:

      Although I agree there are mistakes, actually they assist in trying to rebuild the brilliant demos present in this book. This book is giving me great ideas in how to convert existing spreadsheet based 'tools' into full grown applications which I'm sure will be very impressive and most of all easy to roll out and maintain. If it wasn't for the mistakes I would have given this 5 stars.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      This book is out of date as of June 2013

      By Mike

      from Houston, TX

      About Me It Project Manager

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      Pros

        Cons

        • Difficult to understand
        • Not comprehensive enough
        • Out of date
        • Too many errors

        Best Uses

        • Intermediate

        Comments about oreilly Google Script: Enterprise Application Essentials:

        I just bought this book in June 2013.
        With a rapidly changing product like Google Script, a one year old book is bound to have obsolete information. The very first section of the book about UIApp is covering a Google script function that has been deprecated by Google as of March 2013.
        I tried to build the sample code in Google and it will not work. For a newbie like me, it is quite confusing. I am lost about how to achieve the goals.
        Also, the author is not writing to a newby like myself. He sometimes uses terms like FTP that I have heard of but do not understand.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Terrible!!! Error Filled, Disorganized

        By Michael

        from Los Angeles

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Difficult to understand
          • Too many errors

          Best Uses

            Comments about oreilly Google Script: Enterprise Application Essentials:

            Neither the author or publisher are interested in quality. The code is filled with errors which are not covered anywhere. They don't even provide a complete,working code, you have to piece everything together which, in the disorganized mess of this book's presentation, is extremely difficult.

            An abysmal failure as a teaching instrument.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            What a Mess

            By Sonia

            from San Juan

            About Me Designer, Developer, Educator

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            Pros

              Cons

              • Difficult to understand
              • Not comprehensive enough
              • Too basic
              • Too many errors

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                Comments about oreilly Google Script: Enterprise Application Essentials:

                I was looking to using the book as a starting point to Google scripts.
                The book is full of errors that should have been corrected before publishing. Didn't the author actually test the code prior to committing it to publication?
                The code is dispersed with text which only confuses the learning process.
                Rather than providing example code that is working, the author provides snippets of code that are hard to follow. To additionally confuse the issue, backward references are used to confuse the issues even further.
                The book's errata is not maintained by the author which speaks rather poorly of his professionalism and dedication to his own work.
                This book is a great disappointment to me. It serves only to confuse rather then enlighten the topic of Google scripts. I also feel that O'Reilly Books have not done the editorial work that was required prior to publication. This has left me with a caution that, what was once a great publisher has fallen below expectations.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Beware of code errors

                By Edgar

                from St. Petersburg, FL

                About Me Designer, Developer

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                Pros

                • Concise
                • Easy to understand

                Cons

                • Too many errors

                Best Uses

                • Expert
                • Intermediate

                Comments about oreilly Google Script: Enterprise Application Essentials:

                I would not go as far as to not recommend the book, but be aware the the number of coding errors is surprising. Something as simple as using the same variable name within the same block of code is surprisingly in error.

                You may need to search other sources to make some of the exercises work. Other than that I believe the book provides valuable information and direction on the user of Google Script.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Somebody needs to proof read!!!!!

                By Roo

                from Moncton, NB

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                Pros

                • Helpful examples

                Cons

                • Difficult to understand
                • Lots Of Coding Errors
                • Too many errors

                Best Uses

                  Comments about oreilly Google Script: Enterprise Application Essentials:

                  The ideas behind the book are good but after reading up to the first chapter, I kind of regretted buying it. It's full of errors and don't keep any standards. It talks about a code line in several places in a chapter but never writes the code line the same way. Very hard to follow and for the novice, finding the bugs in the code could be difficult. Hope I can get out of the book what I'm looking for.

                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  The Best Book for your Google Scripts!

                  By SBTS #215

                  from Fairfax, Virginia

                  About Me Educator

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                  Pros

                  • Accurate
                  • Easy to understand
                  • Helpful examples
                  • Well-written

                  Cons

                  • Not comprehensive enough

                  Best Uses

                  • Intermediate
                  • Novice
                  • Student

                  Comments about oreilly Google Script: Enterprise Application Essentials:

                  I am an Educator with a large school system where my school has adopted Google Apps for Education with gusto!

                  We have numerous forms, spreadsheets, and Sites in use daily for collaboration and data collection.

                  There was maintenance needed duties including clearing old content such as upcoming events as well as highlighting duplicate entries by several teachers.

                  We found that we were now performing these daily maintenance duties. We sought automation.

                  Google Scripts provides that automation plus much more.

                  This book starts at the beginning by defining Google Scripts but moves briskly into Turbo-Charging your Google Forms.

                  It is a great resource for all Educators looking to use Google Scripts.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Good conception but careless execution

                  By Andrew M

                  from Ontario, Canada

                  Pros

                  • Helpful examples

                  Cons

                  • Difficult to understand
                  • Too many errors

                  Best Uses

                  • Intermediate
                  • Novice

                  Comments about oreilly Google Script: Enterprise Application Essentials:

                  I agree with Scott B's review: while the book does walk through a complete and interesting example of a GAS application, it was often hard to understand where a code snippet should be added. Obvious errors and repeating of some topics gives the impression the author did not proof read the book. This is unfortunate because much of the material was helpful. The author should update the text from the errata or at least keep adding his edits to the errata page which he started then stopped about half way through. If the author is willing to make these corrections I think someone from O'Reilly should.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Good ideas for a Beginner

                  By Scott B

                  from New York, NY

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                  Pros

                  • Good ideas
                  • Resource Libraries

                  Cons

                  • Errata in scripts
                  • No full view of Scripts

                  Best Uses

                  • Novice

                  Comments about oreilly Google Script: Enterprise Application Essentials:

                  I'm teaching myself GS and JS and found lots of good ideas in this book. I haven't found any other resource that shows the capabilities of GS in this breadth and depth. His website compliments the book nicely too.
                  the trouble is getting the scripts from the book to my site. its alot of cutting and pasting and i'm not always sure exactly were it goes. A full view of the scripts would help alot.
                  also, time for a new version that cleans up the errata because some scripts wont run without it.
                  I'm glad i bought the book either way but a little clean up and i'm a much happier newbie and the rating goes to 4 stars.

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