I want to build more in 2018 – and I doesn’t mind if it’s quick and dirty. For that I sometimes need a simple way to throw in content. So, I spend the evening learning to use Google Sheets for managing content and getting it out with javascript.

Some things are just easier to edit in a spreadsheet. And there are even people who feel at home in spreadsheets 😉 This is the test data I used:

Screenshot of Google Sheets with the program of an event


I really prefer to get data as JSON. It is the easiest to handle and change on the fly. I’m using gsx2json.com. It translates the spreadsheet into JSON for me.

If you want to fellow along, here are the 3 quick steps.


1. Publish To Web

Press “Files” → “Publish To Web”. It gives you a popup, where you press “Publish”. Afterwards you can close the popup.


2. Find the id

You need the id of the file – it is in the browser navigation bar. The structure is like this:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/**THE_ID_IS_HERE**/edit


3. Get your data

Now you can write this code. Notice I’m using a jQuery get function here:

function getSheetData(){ var url = "http://gsx2json.com/api?id=INSERT_ID_HERE"; $.get(url, function( data ) { console.log(data); }); }

It gives you JSON like this:

Screenshot of the JSON output in the developer console


And there you go. Now you can use Google Sheets to update and manage your data.

I used it for an event program, with a lots of data points. It was really handy for managing it.