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Martin Hawksey
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Google Developer Expert (Apps Script) and Open Education advocate
Google Developer Expert (Apps Script) and Open Education advocate

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For the hardcore techies there is a #DevFest in Glasgow tomorrow. The programme has a little of everything (including me :). Some tickets are still available https://www.meetup.com/Glasgow-New-Technology-Meetup/events/254429624/
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Admittedly I'm slightly biased but this is an awesome G Suite product. Hopefully this free course starting in December will help you get started...
Apps Script Blastoff!
Apps Script Blastoff!
courses.benlcollins.com

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So with some software you could turn your WiFi into a motion sensing burglar alarm... hmmm
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In the October release notes some methods were added to SpreadsheetApp for things like .isRowHiddenByUser(rowPosition) and .isRowHiddenByFilter(rowPosition). Is anyone finding these useful?

Usually when I'm writing code I'm dealing with batches and finding out if a row or column is visible with a row/col index in this way is just too slow.

+Romain Vialard has some nice snippets here https://sites.google.com/site/scriptsexamples/learn-by-example/google-sheets-api/filters and +Bruce Mcpherson has a library http://ramblings.mcpher.com/Home/excelquirks/exceldocsintegration/filters both of which use the Sheets Advanced Service which I'm finding better to use than these new methods

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Forgot about the ray-casting 3D maze in Google Sheets demo made with Google Apps Script ... still works

https://gsuite-developers.googleblog.com/2012/03/sheetcaster-3d-in-apps-script.html
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New G Suite Developer Hub Launched

The G Suite Developer Hub, first teased at Google Cloud Next, is home to Apps Scripts projects of all varieties and now also supports projects for Google’s App Maker, which also launched earlier this year.

The new hub offers a variety of templates for starting a new Add-on project for Docs, Sheets, Forms, Slides, Gmail or Hangouts Chat. Other tools to get you started are promoted like links to API documentation, Google Codelabs and StackOverflow.

The revamped G Suite Developer Hub also comes with a new trigger management UI which will help developers of existing projects get a better overview of the various triggers they’ve created across all projects (instead of one project at a time).

It’s also possible to create and modify triggers. Combined with this is a new real-time executions view, to see exactly when different apps get executed without having to refresh to get results. Both of these features have long been requested by users of the previous Apps Script dashboard.

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Some opportunities to work at +Amplified IT including Software Engineers (Google Apps Script, Angular, Node.js, Express and a wide range of Google Cloud Platform services) - includes a post in or with their Edinburgh team
Not sure if there's a community norm around posting job opportunities, but I'll give it a shot;) Amplified Labs (my team) is looking for full-stack software developers, where Google Apps Script / Google API / GCP chops would be a big plus. GDE +Spencer Easton is also a member of the team if you want to reach out get his take on our work.

As a Software Engineer with Amplified IT, you’ll collaborate with a small but growing agile development team in our product division (Amplified Labs). You will work across the full stack of modern web technologies to solve problems and build solutions for Primary and Secondary schools. Developing Chrome extensions, GSuite Add-ons, web applications and other client side UIs, we integrate tightly with Google’s G Suite tools and the full range of APIs available using Apps Script, Angular, Node.js, Express and a wide range of Google Cloud Platform services. Your grasp of web development fundamentals and patterns will allow you to produce clean, maintainable code, and your strong communication and creative problem solving skills will make you a key influencer in the conversations that shape our roadmap, our evolving tech stack, and the processes that define our work together.

There are 3 postings for this position. Candidates ideally will work from EST (remote OK) or Edinburgh, UK.
https://amplified-it.breezy.hr/p/f5ade2d9d25c-software-engineer-nyc
https://amplified-it.breezy.hr/p/e5a37f04aacb-software-engineer-va
https://amplified-it.breezy.hr/p/67501dba39e7-software-engineer-uk
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We'll be premiering a talk with the Side Study creator Jason Carlson this Friday at 7pm ... more details about the show in the original post
TU18: Educational Add-ons Spotlight - Just in Time Teaching with Side Study - Friday 02 November @ 7pm GMT

In this episode of Totally Unscripted we'll be premiering a pre-recorded conversation with Jason Carlson (Active Learning Works) and Steve Webster (SW gApps) talking about the Side Study Docs and Sheets add-ons. Side Study lets you create custom, interactive assignments where students actively engage with content and classmates. As part of this we have a look at the add-on functionality exploring some of the design challenges and an overview of how these were solved.

More about Side Study - https://activelearningworks.com/sidestudy/

To learn more about SW gAPPS services and products, visit http://www.swgapps.com

This episode of Totally Unscripted we will be a YouTube Premiere - https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/9080341

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Chromebook Data Science is a free online educational to help anyone who can read, write, and use a computer to move into data science .... It is a sequence of 12 MOOCs offered by faculty members in the Johns Hopkins

Not looked at the content but interesting idea..
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Looking for a collaborator for a chat bot concept project

I've recently started exploring Google's Dialogflow service. This allows you to create chat bots and conversational interfaces that can be integrated into a number of services or just embedded in a website. Dialogflow makes it really easy to create bots/agents by using training phrases which you then identify the entities you want to extract and use.

The particular aspect of this I want to explore is how Google Sheets can be used to train your bot/agent with training phrases. To make this relevant I was looking to work with someone that might already use Google Forms to collect free text responses. I would provide the coding grunt and you might end up with something useful at the end, but no guarantees.

If interested in finding out more feel free to leave a comment or email me m.hawksey@gmail.com

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