Do I Need an Umbrella Today? Google Sheets and JavaScript to the Rescue!

gsheets-umbrellaOK, Google Sheets! Send me an email if I need an umbrella today.

Send an email using Google Sheets? Yes, that’s right! Sheets can do a lot more than add numbers and calculate your mortgage payments. In our last article, we learned how to consume JSON web data using Google Sheets and we built templates to display and sort weather forecast data. Today, we’ll build on what we covered last time and learn how to send email using Google Sheets based on the JSON data we retrieve.

Let’s get practical and build something useful while we’re at it. Have you ever found yourself outside somewhere and it starts to rain and you realize you forgot your umbrella? This has certainly happened to me! We have been experiencing drought conditions in Southern California for the last few years, and so I don’t always think about bringing an umbrella since rain is somewhat infrequent. (Thankfully, I’m hearing rain outside my window right now and we are receiving a lot more rain this year which is great!) Let’s use Google Sheets to improve our situational awareness by retrieving the weather forecast for the day and sending us an email before we leave in the morning if we should bring an umbrella. Let’s get started! Continue reading


Consuming JSON Web Data Using Google Sheets

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.  JSON has become the lingua franca for exchanging data on the web, and we (as developers) need to know how to process JSON data received from RESTful web services so we can be positioned for the present and for the future.

My article on Consuming Node.js Microservices Created with stdlib provided a high-level tour covering several methods of parsing and processing JSON data. Last time, we focused on how to consume JSON data using curl and jq. Today, we’re zooming in and learning more about consuming Web API JSON data using Google Sheets. Once again, we’ll be consuming data from a microservice created with the excellent stdlib platform. Our learning, however, will be universally applicable for consuming Web API JSON data from any http endpoint. I am very impressed with the power and versatility of the Google Sheets platform for consuming JSON data (among many other things).  Let’s get started and experience it firsthand! Continue reading