Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Moving Google Apps Script to Google Code

After a lot of work, we're very happy to announce that Google Apps Script is now being hosted on Google Code.  This is the culmination of significant effort by several people over the course of a full year!

What does this mean for you?  Well, the biggest immediate impact is that our documentation, landing page, tutorials, etc, are all now found at a new location - http://code.google.com/googleapps/appsscript/.  For those of you with bookmarks, fear not! - we've installed redirects from the old locations to the new.

Along with a new hosting, we've got an improved landing page that features current news (from this blog), and video embeds - pretty much the norm for a code.google.com landing page.

That's all well and good, but what does it really mean?  While Apps Script has always been a well supported project, moving to Code Site means that we're now officially committing to a formal standard for testing, support, documentation, deprecation and release process:
  • Testing: we have a comprehensive test suite, and we'll maintain our test certified status.

  • Support: we have dedicated support engineers who will respond to issues within the defined SLA (Service Level Agreement).  You may already have met Jan and Vic on the support forum - if not, make sure you stop by!

  • Deprecation: we don't deprecate any portions of our APIs without three years advance notice.  This policy excludes APIs marked as experimental, or any security mandated changes.

  • Release Process: we comply with all internal release control processes, and we publish release notes for every product release.
If you've been using Apps Script for a while, you'll hopefully realize that we've been adopting these standards over the last year, with the addition of release notes and the move to Code Site being the final steps in the process.

We look forward to hearing your feedback on the changes, and welcome any suggestions for further improvements.

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