Data manipulation Classes in Google Apps Script

These Data Manipulation Classes have been migrated from VBA so that the Google Docs spreadsheet data can be abstracted  from its physical location in the same way as most of the projects on this site abstract data from Excel. This is not the best way to deal with data in Apps Script, but is provided in case you want to migrate from their equivalent in Excel.

Once these have been migrated, then I have a platform to both migrate projects from Excel, but also I can feasibly dual maintain an Excel and a VBA version going forward.  The key thing is that the specifics of data access and navigation is abstracted away from the main project code and dealt with by the respective classes.

You'll see from the examples below that this abstraction allows the javaScript and VBA to be almost the same as each other. You can find the code (its a work in progress) and test data in the VBA to Google Apps Script Roadmapper project download


You may already be familiar with these classes if you are a regular visitor to this site. You can find the VBA details here. The Google Script versions are pretty much the same, with a few minor differences where I couldn't get javaScript and VBA behavior to be exactly the same. The complete code (work in progress) can be found here - Google Apps Script Roadmapper code

The best way to illustrate is to compare javaScript and VBA ways of doing the same thing

Populating a dataset

  var ds = new cDataSet();
  dim ds as new cDataSet;
  ds.populateData wholeSheet("inputdata")

Create a collection of datasets with various attributes

    var dSets = new cDataSets();
    dSets.init(rData,undefined , "data");
    dSets.init(rParam,undefined ,undefined , true, "roadmap colors");
    dSets.init(rParam,undefined ,undefined , true, "containers");
    dSets.init(rParam,undefined ,undefined , true, "options");
    dSets.init(rParam,undefined ,undefined , true, "custom bars");
    Set dSets = New cDataSets
    With dSets
        .init rData, , "data"
        .init rParam, , , True, "roadmap colors"
        .init rParam, , , True, "containers"
        .init rParam, , , True, "options"
        .init rParam, , , True, "custom bars"
    End With

Enumerating each row in a dataset

    function (dr,drItem) {
        // do something with each dr (the cDataRow) or drItem (the item number of each row)
    With dSets.dataSet("data")
    ' create for each datarow
        For Each dr In .rows
            ' do seomthing with dr ( the cDataRow)
        Next dr
    End With

Accessing a single cell in a dataset by key and converting it to a string
dSets.dataSet("options").cell("frameplot", "value").toString();
dSets.dataSet("options").cell("frameplot", "value").toString

Transitioning is covered more comprehensively in my my book, Going Gas - from VBA to Apps script, available All formats are available now from O'Reilly,Amazon and all good bookshops. You can also read a preview on O'Reilly.

You can find the latest complete code for cDataSet and related classes in the mcpher library


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