Google Apps Script for Beginners
By Serge Gabet
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: February 2014
Pages: 178

In Detail

Google Apps Script is a JavaScript-based programming language that works on the cloud and is 100% free to use. It provides all the tools necessary for Google services to work. Users can easily transfer any data from one service to another, save their important e-mails as files, save and share files with anybody, and even build their own website. It’s a great way of allowing people with minimal technical knowledge to create great solutions for their company.

This book is a practical hands-on guide which is presented and explained with working examples to help you get started with Google Apps Script. You will create custom functions in your spreadsheets, design your own forms, filter your emails, and publish web applications that you can use every day.

You are going to be part of a great journey from basic spreadsheet functionality and customization to fully automated workflows; all of this almost seamlessly and without complications.

On your way, you will filter your e-mails, create your forms, calculate all sorts of parameters, and be able to share just about anything that can be shared; all of this with the power of Google Apps Script at your fingertips. You will learn to embed scripts and text documents in Google sites, and will also be taken through standalone applications and user interfaces. The book ends with some tips and tricks to expand your knowledge.

Approach

This book is a simple step-by-step, example-oriented guide with a focus on providing the practical skills necessary to develop and customize apps with Apps Script.

Who this book is for

If you are an application developer with no knowledge of App Script, and would like to learn to build apps using Google Apps script from scratch, then this book is for you. Basic JavaScript knowledge is required.

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It is a useful intro to what can be done

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  • Well-written

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    Comments about oreilly Google Apps Script for Beginners:

    The book is right when it says you must be quite fluent in JavaScript. But that is essential anyway to use Google Apps Script and the book gives a good feeling for the breadth of what can be done and how one might set about using it. Not for a beginning coder but quite useful for someone with a reasonable JavaScript background. Also gives some very nice references for further learning, well selected.

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    2.0

    Warning: Not for Beginners

    By Jeremy Bell

    from Raymond, WA

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    • Not comprehensive enough

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    Comments about oreilly Google Apps Script for Beginners:

    With all due respect to the author, this was not a very good book for beginners. The book often consists of 2-3 pages of code from a full project kind of dumped into the book. The author says, "just look at the online documentation and the comments in the code to understand." I understand that is probably how the author learned, but it's kind of disappointing as the reader.

    In conclusion it's just really bizarre to call it a "beginner" book when the author uses intermediate coding concepts with no explanation. Maybe it wasn't the authors choice for the title and it was a marketing decision by the publisher?

     
    5.0

    Solid overview of GAS

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      Comments about oreilly Google Apps Script for Beginners:

      In our company, we exclusively use Google Apps. I bought the book because I needed to automate some tasks in Spreadsheets, Sites and Forms.

      The book is in my opinion very clear and comprehensively explains all the key options GAS. I very much appreciated the chapter on creating a GUI script to run as Web applications. Create a nice GUI is possible in several ways and it's not always so simple. The code presented in the book can be downloaded as a zip package.

      With an understanding of the examples I had no problem, but I think it is necessary to know the basics of Javascript.

      Some examples from the book I edited and use them;)

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