Perhaps the most technical thing that all MBA students learn, or should learn is using VBA to automate excel and word. Gove Allen at BYU teaches a fantastic class which does just that, take a look at the creative projects his students have recently completed: Custom ‘mail merge’ for sending SMS messages, importing data into excel from craigslist, or automating the creation of a work schedule to cover multiple shifts.
Until recently, the cloud-based solutions like Google Docs and spreadsheets have not allowed such automation. About a year ago, Google announced Appsscript. Now, a new code editor has appeared with a few interesting features.
First, you can publish your code as a service, allowing anyone in the world to invoke it. The service-oriented-architecture fans should get excited about this. See the image:
Second, it ties in nicely with useful google APIs, and hopefully more APIs in the future.
Things just got interesting! It will be fun to see what this enables in the future. It looks like they have recently included a user-interface builder. If anything it is one more reason to move to the cloud. Here is a screenshot of the script editor:
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