[ALUG] Writing to Google Sheets from bash

Ewan Slater ewan.slater at gmail.com
Wed Mar 15 16:59:31 GMT 2017

@Mark, if you're still interested in this topic you might want to look
at https://dev.to/philnash/google-spreadsheets-and-ruby

On 21 February 2017 at 10:10, Mark Rogers <mark at more-solutions.co.uk> wrote:
> On 17 February 2017 at 21:26, Ewan Slater <ewan.slater at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Calling a REST API from Bash using curl is an exercise in masochism.
> Maybe that's why it appeals :-)
>> I strongly recommend writing your scripts in Python using the requests
>> package.
> I've found various samples using whole Google Docs libraries to make
> life easier, but I'd settle for some sample Python that just uses
> basic libraries to handle the HTTP(S) side of things. From that I
> could probably work it out in Bash too.
> However, where I'm stuck isn't (I don't think) so much at the "Calling
> a REST API from Bash using curl" stage, but in working out what
> combination of API keys and security credentials I need to set up
> first to make anything have a chance of working. I've read enough on
> the subject that it would have killed a couple of forests if I'd
> printed it first, but I'm still clueless.
> What I've failed to find are any straightforward examples that aren't
> basically trivial because their first step is to include a library
> that hides all the complexity away. Not that I necessarily have
> anything against that, but I don't really want to have to install
> loads of dependencies on each VM/Pi/etc that I want to monitor when in
> principle all it should need is curl (or maybe Python with a couple of
> libraries that are probably already installed anyway). And if I do
> install all those dependencies and test the sample code I'm pretty
> sure I'm then still going to have to work out the same
> authentication/API key issues I'm stuck at now!
>> If you prefer Ruby I recommend the httpclient gem.
> Masochist I may be, but I draw the line at Ruby....
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