the Google Workspace Platform 2021 — Google Builders Weblog


Posted by Charles Maxson, Developer Advocate

In 2021, we noticed many adjustments and enhancements to the Google Workspace Platform geared at serving to builders construct new options to maintain up with the challenges of how we labored, like hybrid and absolutely distant workplace work. Greater than ever, we wanted instruments for digital collaboration and digital processes to maintain our work going. As paper processes within the workplace have been much less viable and we continued to go see digital transformations develop into obligatory, many new customized options like desk reservation programs and automatic check logging have developed.

2021 was additionally a yr for Platform milestones, Google Workspace grew to greater than 3 billion customers globally, we reached greater than 5,300 public apps within the Google Workspace Market, and we crossed over 4.8 billion apps put in (up from 1 billion in 2020)! We have been additionally busy bringing Platform improvements and bettering our developer expertise to assist constructing for Google Workspace simpler and sooner. Right here’s a take a look at a number of the key enhancements the Google Workspace Platform dropped at the developer group.

Google Cloud Champion Innovators program

Group constructing is among the best methods to assist builders, which is why we created Google Cloud Innovators.This new group program was designed for builders and technical practitioners utilizing Google Cloud and we welcome everybody.

And after we say everybody, it’s not simply skilled builders, knowledge scientists, or scholar builders and hobbyists, we additionally imply non-technical finish customers. The rising Google group has one thing for everybody.

GWAO Alternate Runtimes goes GA

Google Workspace Add-ons are personalized purposes that tightly combine with Google Workspace purposes, and will be discovered within the Google Workspace Market, or constructed particularly on your personal area. The event of those purposes have been restricted to utilizing Apps Script, our native scripting language for the Google Workspace Platform. With the launch of Alternate Runtimes now you can develop add-ons together with your most popular internet hosting infrastructure, growth device chain, supply management system, coding language, and code libraries; it was a extremely requested replace from the developer group, opening up the Platform to many new developer eventualities.

Card Builder UI Software

The GWAO Card Builder device lets you visually design the person interfaces on your Google Workspace Add-ons and Google Chat apps tasks. It’s a must-have for Google Workspace builders utilizing both Apps Script or Alternate Runtimes, enabling you to prototype and design Card UIs tremendous quick with out trouble and errors of hand coding JSON or Apps Script by yourself.

Card Builder device for constructing Google Workspace Add-ons and Chat Apps

Advisable for Google Workspace

This program showcases a collection of market-leading purposes constructed by software program distributors throughout a variety of classes, together with undertaking administration, buyer assist, and finance in our Google Workspace Market. These apps bear rigorous usability and safety testing to verify they meet our necessities for prime quality integrations. They need to even have an exemplary observe file of person satisfaction, reliability, and privateness.

Advisable for Google Workspace program showcases top quality purposes

Chat Slash Instructions and Dialogs

Slash instructions simplify the way in which customers work together together with your Chat bot, providing them a visible main option to uncover and execute your bot’s major options. As a developer, slash instructions are easy to implement, and important in providing a greater bot expertise. Along with Slash Instructions, Dialogs have been a brand new functionality launched to the Chat App framework that enables builders to construct person interfaces to seize inputs and parameters in a structured, dependable manner. This was an amazing step ahead for bot usability as a result of it simplified and streamlined the method of customers interacting with bot instructions. Now with dialogs, customers will be led visually to provide inputs by way of prompts, versus having to depend on wrapping bot instructions with pure language inputs.

Types API beta

Google Types allows straightforward creation and distribution of types, surveys, and quizzes. Types is used for all kinds of use circumstances throughout enterprise operations, buyer administration, occasion planning and logistics, training, and extra. With the Google Types API Beta announcement, builders have been in a position to present programmatic entry for managing types and performing on responses, empowering builders to construct highly effective integrations on high of Types.

Google Workspace Market updates

We made many updates to the Google Workspace Market to enhance each the person and developer expertise. We added updates to the appliance element web page that included pricing and when the itemizing was final up to date. The homepage additionally noticed enhancements with varied curated classes by the Google workforce beneath Editor’s Alternative. Lastly, we launched {the marketplace} badges for builders to advertise their revealed purposes on web sites and advertising and marketing channels. Oh, and we additionally had a emblem replace for those who hadn’t seen.

Google Workspace Market Badges for utility promotion

Farewell 2021 and right here’s to welcoming in 2022

2021 introduced us many inventions to the Google Workspace Platform to assist builders handle the wants of their customers and it additionally introduced extra empowerment to information employees to construct the options they wanted with our no-code and low-code platforms. These are simply the highlights for the Google Workspace Platform and we stay up for extra innovation in 2022. To maintain up with all of the information in regards to the Platform, please subscribe to our e-newsletter.