Master Google Drive Search

[update: 9/12/2015] – I’ve just saw that the Drive team did this:


These new improvements give you the ability to:

  • Narrow your search to a file type from the search box on Android, iOS, and the web.
  • Open advanced search instantly from the search box – See in the gif above.
  • Access recent files or search Drive from the home screen using 3D Touch on iOS.
  • Search Drive using the iOS search bar without opening the Drive app.

google drive logoWhen you searching for old documents in your Google Drive, there are a lot of options. The ‘recent’ option or the ‘starred’ one are giving a nice overview, but it’s not enough if you are working on a lot of documents, presentations and spreadsheets. Over the years, I found the most useful ones to be:

  • type: spreadsheet
  • type: presentation
  • from: an email
  • to: an email
  • after: YYYY-MM-DD

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Chrome, JavaScript

Monitor Your Site With Apps Script

Network alertIn this short tutorial we will see how to built an application that can be used as a (simple) Nagios but, without the need to set up a server and maintain a lot of code. It’s not a replacement to a ‘full’ monitoring systems that give you rich set of abilities but more ‘an idea’ to show you the power of Google cloud with Apps script. The main three components of our system will be:

  1. Google Spreadsheet – We will use two sheets. One to allow us to set configuration data like: urls to monitor, email to get notifications etc’. The other will be our ‘log’. We will write to it all the alerts so we could analyze them later.
  2. Google Form – This will be a quick and easy way to acknowledge that we are aware for the situation and we wish to mute the emails.
  3. Apps Script – All the logic for the checks, alerts and everything in between will be done with a short script with one trigger.

For the first two components, we will use a regular google sheet that looks similar to this: Continue reading

Chrome, cloud, webdev

What’s New In Google Developers World

Here are my slides from a talk I gave last week on what’s new and available for you as a developer in Google’s world. This talk gives a high level overview on the main APIs. If you wish to dive deeper on some of them, you will find many links in the slides.

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Chrome, HTML5, webdev

Google Drive on GDL IL

Here is my talk from last week with Nicolas Garnier (Developer Advocate for Google Drive) on the new aspects of Drive. You can have a short intro to drive and then dive into:

  • What are the key features developers should be aware of when working with Drive APIs. For example: all the Drive SDKs you can use with your favorite technology (e.g. Java, Php, Python etc’).
  • Show some new apps that are doing good job in integrating into Drive. We spoke about best practices and OAuth2.0
  • Learn what is next for drive in the near future…

If you want to see more GDL-IL episodes, feel free to ‘Add our show‘ to your calendar. It’s going to take 15-25min of your time every WED at 14:00 Israel time (IST)