Dev: How to Use Google Sheets as a Database (Responsibly)

Dev: How to Use Google Sheets as a Database (Responsibly). “While database technology and other tools have come a long way, it’s still tough to beat the humble spreadsheet’s versatility and intuitiveness. While using them for sensitive, critical applications like storing COVID-19 patient data is ill-advised, the fact that everyone knows how to use a spreadsheet means they’re great for smaller cross-functional projects where a non-developer might need to examine or edit data. In this guide, I’ll show you how to use Google Sheets as a database, complete with an API interface accessible over HTTP.”

Covid: 16,000 coronavirus cases missed in daily figures after IT error (BBC)

BBC: Covid: 16,000 coronavirus cases missed in daily figures after IT error. “A technical glitch that meant nearly 16,000 cases of coronavirus went unreported has delayed efforts to trace contacts of people who tested positive. Public Health England said 15,841 cases between 25 September and 2 October were left out of the UK daily case figures.”

VentureBeat: Google’s Area 120 launches Tables, a rules-based automation platform for documents

VentureBeat: Google’s Area 120 launches Tables, a rules-based automation platform for documents. “Google’s Area 120 incubator today launched Tables, a work-tracking tool with IFTTT-like automation features and support for Google products, including Google Groups, Google Sheets, and more. Currently in beta in the U.S., Tables automates actions like collating data, checking multiple sources of data, and pasting data into other docs for handoff.”

Digital Inspiration: How to Highlight Duplicates in Google Sheets and Remove

Digital Inspiration: How to Highlight Duplicates in Google Sheets and Remove. “The Email Extractor app pulls emails addresses of your contacts from Gmail into a Google Sheet. You can then use Mail Merge or Document Studio to send personalized emails to your contacts from within the sheet itself. That said, the imported mailing list may sometimes have duplicate email addresses and it is thus be a good idea to clean up the data in your Google Sheet by removing duplicates before sending out the emails.”

More Digital Inspiration: Measure Core Web Vitals of your Websites with Google Sheets

More Digital Inspiration, because it’s too Amit to quit: Measure Core Web Vitals of your Websites with Google Sheets. “If you are looking to automatically measure core web vitals for multiple websites, maybe that of your competitor’s websites as well, here’s a Google Sheet that can help. The spreadsheet will not only help you measure vitals for multiple URLs but you can also visualize the change in various metrics over time with the help of sparklines.”

The Verge: Scientists rename human genes to stop Microsoft Excel from misreading them as dates

The Verge: Scientists rename human genes to stop Microsoft Excel from misreading them as dates. “There are tens of thousands of genes in the human genome: minuscule twists of DNA and RNA that combine to express all of the traits and characteristics that make each of us unique. Each gene is given a name and alphanumeric code, known as a symbol, which scientists use to coordinate research. But over the past year or so, some 27 human genes have been renamed, all because Microsoft Excel kept misreading their symbols as dates.”

EU Startups: Berlin-based Layer raises €5 million to build an innovative productivity platform for spreadsheets

EU Startups: Berlin-based Layer raises €5 million to build an innovative productivity platform for spreadsheets “Layer allows spreadsheet users to request data and input from colleagues and give granular access down to individual cells, improving collaboration and overall productivity. The web app can be used within seconds without any additional plugins or installations and sits on top of your existing Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets files.”

TechCrunch: Google Sheets will soon be able to autocomplete data for you

TechCrunch: Google Sheets will soon be able to autocomplete data for you. “Google today announced a couple of updates to Google Sheets that will make building spreadsheets and analyzing data in them a little bit easier. The most interesting feature here, surely, is the upcoming launch of Smart Fill. You can think of it as Smart Compose, the feature that automatically tries to finish your sentences in Gmail, but for spreadsheets. The idea here is that Smart Fill, which will launch later this year, can autocomplete your data for you.”

Digital Inspiration: How to Get Hidden and Filtered Rows in Google Sheets with Google Script

Digital Inspiration: How to Get Hidden and Filtered Rows in Google Sheets with Google Script. “You can hide entire rows in Google Sheets manually or use filters to hide any rows that matches the specified criteria. For instance, if you have a sheet containing orders from different countries, you can set up a country filter to hide all rows where the country is not the United States. If you have a Google Script that iterates through each row in the Google Sheet for performing actions on the row, like sending emails or merging documents, you can check for the hidden and filtered rows and easily skip them from the workflow.”

Towards Data Science: How to Download a Specific Sheet by Name from a Google Spreadsheet as a CSV File

Towards Data Science: How to Download a Specific Sheet by Name from a Google Spreadsheet as a CSV File. “In the past two tutorials on Google Drive API with Python, we have covered how to obtain credentials here and search for a specific file in Google Drive by its name here. In this tutorial, we are going to learn how to download a specific Sheet by name from a Google Spreadsheet into a csv file. A use case for this: you need to generate a report, which data are stored in a Google Spreadsheet that has many Sheets, but you only need one or two of them. So, instead of downloading the whole Google Spreadsheet, you can handpick the Sheets that you need.”

Digital Inspiration: How to Use Formulas with Google Form Responses in Sheets

Digital Inspiration: How to Use Formulas with Google Form Responses in Sheets. “When people submit your Google Form, a new row is inserted in the Google Sheet that is storing the form responses. This spreadsheet row contains a Timestamp column, the actual date when the form was submitted, and the other columns in the sheet contain all the user’s answers, one per column. You can extend the Google Forms sheet to also include formula fields and the cell values are automatically calculated whenever a new row is added to the sheet by the Google Form.”

Analytics Vidhya: 10+ Simple Yet Powerful Excel Tricks for Data Analysis

Analytics Vidhya: 10+ Simple Yet Powerful Excel Tricks for Data Analysis. “I’ve always admired the immense power of Excel. This software is not only capable of doing basic data computations, but you can also perform data analysis using it. It is widely used for many purposes including the likes of financial modeling and business planning. It can become a good stepping stone for people who are new to the world of business analytics.”