Thursday, September 25, 2014

Google Apps GAFE Account Creator App - Built With LiveCode

Just a quick example of where learning how to code can help you get the things you need to do everyday done a little quicker. I often get requests from teachers for additional Google Apps Accounts. These can come in at all times of the day when teachers are diving into activities in Google Apps with their students and they may get a new student. It’s not always convenient to login into the Google Apps administration panel and create a single student account. Plus, if you’re using the command line app GAM (Google Apps Management), you have to type in the GAM command and then the second command for moving the student into the correct Organizational Unit. This process can get old quickly.

So to facilitate the creation of new, one-off student accounts, I created the OOGAG application. The One-Off GAFE Account Generation (OOGAG) tool. This tool was created with my favorite program development tool, LiveCode. I use a feature in LiveCode that allows me to integrate GAM. The OOGAG application essentially creates the GAM script using a GUI (graphic user interface) I created and then calls on GAM to create the GAFE (Google Apps For Education) account.

If you choose to try out the tool, be sure to install GAM and follow the directions for allowing it Google Apps permissions, etc.

You can download OOGAG here. This version of the application is uncompiled so you will need the Community Edition of LiveCode to run the application. Feel free to open the hood and poke around in the code. This uncompiled version will open in Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux.