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Digital App Dice

October 20th, 2017

App Smashing is a cool way to integrate several apps into a one project. In this project we are building digital dice to add a randomness to our app smashing.

Ryan Read and Dee Lanier are the two #appsmashing gurus that I have talked to and suggested this project to me.

In part 1, I am using some boilerplate code to get the project started. You can find out more about how to use Github assistant in my tutorial on boilerplate code for apps script.

Then in part 2 you need to setup a sheet as your data source. We are going to be using JSON and it is pretty simple to setup in the script editor.

function doGet() {
  var result = {};

  var mobile = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSpreadsheet()
    .getValues(); = getObject(mobile);

  var web = SpreadsheetApp.getActiveSpreadsheet()

  result.web = getObject(web);

  return ContentService.createTextOutput(JSON.stringify(result)).setMimeType(

function getObject(arr) {
  var headers = arr.shift();

  var obj = {};
  for (var i = 0; i < headers.length; i++) {
    obj[headers[i]] = {
      return app[i];
  return obj;

Follow along in parts 3, 4, and 5 as we build out the features of this app!

Finally, we are going to style the app a little bit. There are tons more things you can do with CSS and some creativity, but I want to get you started with a few simple options. At the end of the video the CSS looks like:

body {
  font-family: 'Oswald', sans-serif;
  background-color: #e5e564;

select {
  padding: 4px 16px;

header {
  display: flex;
  width: 600px;
  margin: 0 auto;
  justify-content: space-around;
  align-items: center;

main {
  display: flex;
  justify-content: space-around;

main .container {
  flex-basis: 200px;

main .container .die {
  width: 200px;
  height: 200px;
  border: 1px solid black;
  border-radius: 25px;
  text-align: center;
  line-height: 200px;
  font-size: 2em;
  box-shadow: inset 0px 0px 2px 2px rgba(128, 128, 128, 0.53);
  background-color: white;

main .container select {
  width: 100%;
  margin-top: 32px;

How would you use #appsmashing in your classroom? How can you improve on this project? Let me know in the comments below and lets talk about ways to improve this project!

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