If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on Google Apps Script, now you can. Previously only available in Education and Premiere Editions, Google recently opened up the functionality to Standard users.
With the scripts users can automate a variety of features in Google Apps, such as reading and changing values in Google Spreadsheets, checking stock prices, creating Google Calendar appointments, and sending e-mail.
Here's a brief intro:
Like we said last year when the functionality was made available to the enterprise, it essentially makes a bunch of stuff easier to execute. Here are the general frills:
- Execution and hosting of scripts on the Google cloud
- Basic support for event handling that can run even when users are offline
- deployment and maintenance
- Standard methods of security using OAuth: users or domain administrators have to grant each script access to the data it needs to run
Google makes it easy to get started by providing access to an online Script Editor in Google Spreadsheets:
Google Script menu