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A bulk email/mail merge with Gmail and Google Sheets solution evolution using V8

Last year I had a ‘mail merge using Gmail and Google Sheets’ contribution accepted on the G Suite Developers Solution Gallery. Just over 6 months on there has been lots of useful feedback and requests for solutions to some of the limitations of the original published script. In the meantime Google has also made the new V8 runtime for Google Apps Script generally available. Given this it seemed appropriate to revisit the original solution updating it for V8 as well as covering the most commonly asked for changes. In this post I’ll highlight some of the coding changes as well as some easy modifications.

Everything a Google Apps Script Developer wanted to know about reading hyperlinks in Google Sheets … but was afraid to ask

I’ll start off by saying this is a very geeky post and if you’ve landed here because you are struggling with extracting hyperlinks in Google Sheets then you might prefer to jump straight to Alexander Ivanov’s Extract URL’s Add-on or alternatively the Info Inspired post Extract URLs in Google Sheets Without Script. The problem: hyperlinks in Google Sheets can be in three different formats…

Tips for using Google Sheets for event programme planning

At the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) hosting large events is a regular activity and over the years we have developed bespoke workflows largely based in Google Sheets. In this post I’m going to share some of the tips we use for scheduling our events including drafting/publishing an event programme and how to keep in touch with your presenters.

Repost: Openness in the age of surveillance

This is a cross-post from OpenScot.net on 28 February 2020. Less than a month on and OER20 has been impacted by the global situation and has had to move online. A number of the face-to-face sessions will no longer be run but a number will be and there is now free registration available for the reduced online programme.