When importData isn’t good enough: Retrieving CSV files behind basic auth with a Google Apps Script

(This post assumes you have some familiarity with Google Spreadsheets) For CSV files that are unprotected, Google Spreadsheets provides a really handy function: importData(url). There’s a short description of it in the list of Google Spreadsheet functions. If you just use this lovely function in cell A1 and pass it the URL of a CSV file, you’ll… Read More

Engineer-to-Engineer Talk: How and Why Twitter Uses Scala

To kick off our San Francisco series of engineer-to-engineer lectures on new technologies and interesting problems in consumer software, we invited in the Great Alex Payne to talk about how Twitter uses Scala, a programming language that combines traits of object-oriented languages and functional languages with an eye toward supporting concurrency better in large-scale software…. Read More