Drive SDK and GitHub


You probably have used the Apps Script DriveApp service. There are examples of this scattered throughout the projects on this site. There is another way to manipulate your Google Drive - an SDK that exposes its APIs to external apps, but of course you can also use it from Apps Script since there is a JSON API. It offers a number of benefits over the capabilities of the regular DriveApp service (no quota for example), but it also exposes a lot more functionality than you can get to from the built in Apps Script equivalent. 

This section is about apps built using the Drive JSON API. I first became interested in this because I wanted to find a way of automatically getting my apps script source code from the Apps Script IDE to GitHub. Technically I could do this (and a lot more) by using the Eclipse plugin for apps script, but I develop on a variety of devices so I need something that is cloud based, and in any case I mainly use a chromebook - and Eclipse cannot run on that without a lot of hacking (but mainly I just don't like Eclipse)

So that led me down this path,

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