Google Apps Script, 2nd Edition
Web Application Development Essentials
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: March 2014
Pages: 216

Learn how to create dynamic web applications with Google Apps Script and take full advantage of your Google-hosted services. If you have basic coding skills and some JavaScript experience, this practical book shows you how Apps Script works, and provides step-by-step guidance for building applications you can use right away.

Apps Script is handy for automating Google Apps tasks, but it also serves as a complete application platform. With this book, you’ll learn how to build, store, run, and share data-driven web apps right on Google Drive. You’ll have access to complete code and working examples that show you how everything fits together.

  • Build an interactive Web App UI that runs on most web and mobile browsers
  • Create a sample product catalog that displays custom data from a spreadsheet
  • Develop an application to generate web forms from templates
  • Use Apps Script to build a simple web-based database application
  • Design a document workflow builder that users can quickly customize
  • Create a Google form that lets you select and send email responses
  • Debug your code and keep track of script problems after deployment
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3.1

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5.0

This is a great and advanced level book for GAS

By Yoong

from Singapore

About Me Designer, Developer, Educator

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Pros

  • Concise
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Expert

    Comments about oreilly Google Apps Script, 2nd Edition:

    Google has many experimental products that comenand go. The author has tried his best to showcase many examples in the book. This book is suitable for people who already knows basic GAS but wants more advanced features.

    Until now, there are not many resources and good examples on GAS. This book fills the gap.

    This book should be updated to reflect latest and more stable Google productd around GAS. jQuery and jQueryUI, d3.js should be used instead of pure javascript.

     
    1.0

    Just started

    By sudo Roots

    from Brooklyn

    About Me Maker

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      • Too many errors

      Best Uses

      • Novice

      Comments about oreilly Google Apps Script, 2nd Edition:

      This book needs to be updated. I just started and there are code examples that already are outdated and don't work. The code before page 41 is not supported anymore and the author said google would most likely stop supporting it. This book needs a small update.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Hard to follow; not for beginners

      By Rich the Bluegeek

      from MI, US

      About Me Sys Admin

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        • Difficult to understand
        • Too many errors

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        • Expert

        Comments about oreilly Google Apps Script, 2nd Edition:

        Frustration kept me from getting through all of the examples in a timely manner. I struggled with code examples that didn't work and other things that didn't work the way the book said they would.

        Granted that Google Apps Script is probably a moving target and the version I'm working with is obviously a bit different from what the author was using. I also found that my ebook reader did not properly render some of the code snippets for some reason. I switched from the .mobi format to the .epub format and that helped.

        I have given up on trying to follow the code examples; I found them hard to follow the way the author is progressively building them and changing them along the way. I can not recommend this book to anyone who doesn't have a thorough understanding of JavaScript and some experience with web development; this is not a book for beginners. I would recommend that you refer to the author's Drive site for this book as you work through the examples (http://goo.gl/zqy3VQ). You'll need to open them from the site in order to copy and paste them. If you try to download them, they will be in .json compressed format and you won't be able to open them in Apps Script.

        Reviewer's Note: I am a member of the O'Reilly Blogger Review program and received a free copy of "Google Apps Script, 2nd Ed" which was used to write this review.

         
        5.0

        Wow this one nailed it!

        By Teacher

        from Oregon

        About Me Educator

        Pros

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

        Cons

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          • Novice

          Comments about oreilly Google Apps Script, 2nd Edition:

          I've been struggling my way through Google's documentation on this and their other APIs, their approach is to provide specs but never any application or it's limited to some edge case tutorial.

          This book breaks down into a project based approach that was exactly what I needed to get the whole picture of what I was building.

          It's not for the total beginner but I had already built some HTML pages using JQuery so I picked up on everything after the first few chapters.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very helpful

          By Jake

          from Reno, NV

          About Me Developer

          Pros

          • Easy to understand
          • Helpful examples

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Intermediate

            Comments about oreilly Google Apps Script, 2nd Edition:

            I needed to make the jump to HTML Service and this book got me there.
            I noticed that copying/pasting code from the PDF inserted some odd page breaks and broke the code, typing the same code worked fine. The author has provided complete working examples accessible through Google Drive that can be viewed and run so it was no problem working from the live code.

            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Confusing Chapter and Hard to Follow.

            By Robert Lee

            from Malaysia

            About Me Developer, Sys Admin

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

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                Comments about oreilly Google Apps Script, 2nd Edition:

                It was hard to follow on this book.

                At first, it was not well organise for beginner to
                its chapter.

                The focusing is so mess. It can be a big jump of code sample on Google Sheets/Google Docs then go to Google Site in one chapter.

                After go in to the Chapter 5, reader will completely lost on after creating the Product Table. Most because of the use of Add On Engine and lack of sample file library on the books.

                It may be possible the change of google where discontinue GUI Builder (first edition book) where to slot in the changes.

                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Typos and buggy code

                By x

                from MN

                Comments about oreilly Google Apps Script, 2nd Edition:

                I don't think the code in this edition was checked before they sent it to print. Chapter 7 is a mess.

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