Back when G Suite, err… Google Workspace Add-ons launched, support for Docs, Sheets, and Slides was conspicuously absent. Sure, they’ve long supported their own flavor of add-ons, but the idea of building an add-on two different ways didn’t sit well with me. Thankfully I didn’t have to wait too long for the editors to catch up. I know it felt like an eternity, but let’s just chalk that up to 2020 being what it is.

Now that add-ons work in the editors I had the chance to build a few small demos to try them out. The two samples I…

Back in December I had a conversation with a coworker (and all-around awesome person), Eric Koleda about the future of Apps Script. During the conversation he made a curious claim — that once you write a script, you can “set it and forget it.” It would continue to run forever without having to worry about it breaking. It’s neither a radical idea nor completely unprecedented, but something about the notion bothered me.

The software developer in me knows that maintaining software is a lot of work — and what the consequences of ignoring it can be. Bit rot happens, because…

Lately I’ve been doing some spring cleaning of my computer and uncovered a few gems that were sitting around for a long time. A demo I wrote for the Sheets API a few years back was one of my favorite little hacks that was never released as an API sample. I thought it was time to revisit it.

This original demo was simple — it treated a sheet as a canvas for drawing images, with each cell as a pixel. While not so useful in the real world, it produced some cute results and was useful for testing out the…

Steve Bazyl

Developer Relations @ Google, dad, poker enthusiast, politics junky, squirrel admirer, and more :) The opinions stated here are my own, not those of my company.

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