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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 2 edition (10 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1491946180
  • ISBN-13: 978-1491946183
  • Product Dimensions: 23.3 x 17.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 499,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Ferreira managed public communications for two successful state political campaigns; served as the Chief Information Officer for the New Mexico Office of Attorney General; migrated the first government agency to Google Apps; speaks at conferences across the nation about implementing new technology; wrote software to extend Google Apps that serves more than half a million users worldwide and published numerous technology articles including the Google Enterprise blog.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SimonT on 5 Dec. 2014
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I also bought the first edition of this book which I found ok (3 stars max.). This edition is a definite improvement. It's quite fast-paced and hands on but the examples are in the main good and some are very good. I've actually adopted and used the templates example in chapter 6. One problem I encountered, for which the author cannot be blamed, is that Google are constantly changing their offerings so it is very difficult to keep current. For example, some of the Scripts uses ScriptDB but this product has been discontinued by Google since November 20th 2014. There are a few other examples where screenshots do not match the current situation. These are minor irritations and a simple search rectifies the situation. When I tried to read the first edition of this book i was new to JavaScript/GAS and I admit that I struggled a bit with the content. I have also recently read Serge Gabet's book entitled "Google Apps Script for Beginners" and I liked it too. For spreadsheet programmers coming from Excel VBA, Michael Maguire's Leanpub book entitled "Google Spreadsheet Programming" is useful and a substantial part of it is freely readable on its website (https://leanpub.com/googlespreadsheetprogramming).
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Hard to follow; not for beginners 2 Aug. 2014
By Bluegeek - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle 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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Disappointing 24 Aug. 2014
By warriornavada - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been coding for over 20 years, learning new languages and techniques every now and then to stay current. During the past 10 years or so I've always been able to find good books to walk me through sample code and applications that illustrate the key points and educate me on how things need to come together. This book was confusing. Not altogether useless, but confusing. The main sample project, a workflow app, was clearly exciting to the author, but was not a good choice for the reader. Additionally, I could not find the sample code online as was said to exist and was supposedly linked to in the Kindle version. Disappointing.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not worth the effort 11 Oct. 2014
By J. Esteban - Published on Amazon.com
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I made it to chapter 7 and still pretty happy about the book. It was difficult to generate the code from the books text but possible. I read and reread chapter 7 and I finally realized that this author should stick to reading books and stop writing them. It's not possible to generate the code from instructions provided in the text. The one thing that I did learn is not to read any more books James Ferreira.
Fairly useful structure but outdated by Google 12 Nov. 2014
By MSDave - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book was helpful for helping to get a basic understanding of how to build an Apps script from ground up. I made it through 6 and a half chapters getting good guidance for the most part. It fell apart when it became obvious the Fusion Tables access had changed considerably since the book was published. The author refers to this as 'a pain to set up', but vaguely directs the reader to 'check the Google Docs on setup if you are seeing errors.' Kinda what I was hoping the book was for.
Useful but concise 12 Aug. 2014
By Thomas Dunbar - Published on Amazon.com
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A useful text. However, some code examples rely on earlier code/chapters so one has to read carefully. Or, do a bit of research oneself via, for example, using the 'Execution Transcript' view (inside the Google Apps Script editor)..in this way one can find that, for example, the ObjApp library utilized in chapter 6 needs to be added as a Resource and that is described back in chap 5, p60-61.
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