A Clearer Google Docs Revision History View
It’s a bit awkward to see who did what in a Google Doc via the version history. That’s something faculty often want to do.
The easiest path I found was to name the oldest and newest versions. Then click to show only named versions. That does it pretty well. The video above shows it with more detail.
Or – how I do things since I can’t program – but isn’t the first title much more fun?I freely admit that this may be seen as a stupid and useless thing to do (esp. by people who can write any sort of php.) I still see it as interesting if only for the fact that it shows different ways to make the information both portable, dynamic and embeddable. First off, thanks to Jim Groom for letting me bounce ideas off him, giving some technical assistance and for testing services rendered. Now to business. Here’s what I wanted- a web accessible form that would display the data as it rolled in right under the submission form. Just like comments for a post but we wanted multiple questionsTo help make sure people actually addressed each aspect of the questions. If you give three questions in a post and ask people to answer in the comments you tend to get 1.4 questions answered rather than the 3 you wanted. and we wanted to be able to divide the responses. So that, in and of itself, is pretty narrow and stupid but what this can do in the end is pretty cool and can have widespread power. Using Google forms and the selective publishing option you can embed all sorts of user inputted […]
Image from page 93 of “Elementary and dental radiography” (1813) flickr photo by Internet Archive Book Images shared with no copyright restriction (Flickr Commons) This is the blow-by-blow documentation of a failure of sorts. Nothing makes me angrier than failing to deliver on something I said I could/would do. I ended up delivering what was needed but the way I had to do it was ugly and time-intensive. All of this happened because of two things- insufficient initial testing and not enough knowledge on my end at a couple of key steps. I’ve got lots of ideas I need to test out now that I’ve learned a few things the hard way but I thought it’d be beneficial to see how I tried to think through this thing when various paths failed . . . and with that welcome to my postmortem. I thought we had the Social Work Google Docs Digital Portfolio thing figured out. I even wrote a blog post. Events coalesced to remind me that I do not know enough stuff. However, I do intend to learn from painful mistakes like this and give you my tears and frustration for you free of charge.Edification or amusement are optional. Initial tests felt a bit slow but nothing too bad. Google Scripts will timeout after 6 minutes but I […]
I thought I’d take a stab at using Google Script to capture Instagram data after being inspired by all the great Martin Hawksey has done with the TAGS Explorer. I’m doing something very similar and it turned out to be fairly straightforward to take the PHP I’d written previously and turn it into something that’d function in Google Sheets. I found this example highly useful in creating my own script.I basically copied portions of it. The following script can also be set with a time based trigger to fire every X minutes/hours/days which is perfect for this particular project. You can see it pulling 20 pictures worth of data every hour here if you’d like.