Google Workspace

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This project is part of the liveProject series Create AI-Powered Workspace Add-ons
basic Apps Script or JavaScript • basic understanding of how APIs work • Google Cloud Console basics • Google Sheets basics
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set up cloud storage and archiving • implement document batch processing

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Acme Widgets has an AI-powered Google Workspace add-on that interprets data from invoices and receipts. Add-ons have a processing time limit that keeps them from processing many documents at once. It’s up to you to solve this problem! You’ll create one delegate web app that archives files to centralized Google Cloud Storage (GCS) and another that batches the documents—allowing processing to be done in a way that bypasses the standard add-on response time limit. As you develop, you’ll implement incremental unit testing to detect code errors. When you’re done, you’ll have a powerful add-on that isn’t constrained by processing time limits and automatically archives documents to secure cloud storage.

This project is designed for learning purposes and is not a complete, production-ready application or solution.

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Bruce Mcpherson

Bruce Mcpherson is a Google Developer Expert focusing on Google Workspace and Google Cloud Platform. Throughout his distinguished career, he’s held titles including Chief Architect, Head of Engineering, CTO, and CIO, at Motorola, Lucent, and Symbol. He's the author of O'Reilly Media’s Going GAS, Google Apps Script for Beginners, and Google Apps Script for Developers. His long-running Desktop Liberation site provides his expert guidance on Google Apps Script and Microsoft automation. He’s the developer of many open-source libraries ( in a variety of languages and platforms. He speaks at conferences on Google technologies. He’s currently developing the platform for a startup specializing in AI-assisted video content analysis and classification and continues to mentor organizations whose mission is to improve diversity in tech.


This liveProject is for beginner-level Apps Script or JavaScript developers interested in learning to customize a Google Workspace add-on to automatically archive documents to permanent, secure, cloud storage and manage batch processing of documents. To begin these liveProjects you’ll need to be familiar with the following:

  • Google Workspace account (Google Sheets, JavaScript/Apps Script, Google Drive)
  • Google Cloud Console
  • Your favorite browser
  • Basic JavaScript/Apps Script
  • Create and manage a billing account and cloud projects

you will learn

In this liveProject, you’ll learn to enhance a Google Workspace add-on by implementing batch document processing and archiving of files to GCS.

  • Implement a contextual workspace for Google Sheets
  • Enable APIs in Google Cloud Platform
  • Write JavaScript (Apps Script) code, customize and add features using the CardService
  • Enhance Google Drive file picker using the Google Picker API and create web apps for managing batch processing and archiving
  • Style the web apps with Materialize
  • Archive documents on GCStorage
  • Batch-process multiple documents with the DocumentAI Long Running Operations API
  • Deploy and test a Google Workspace add-on
  • Debug state management
  • Create and run incremental unit tests


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