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Append Text with Google Docs API on New, Modified or Deleted Records from Airtable API

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Getting Started

This integration creates a workflow with a Airtable trigger and Google Docs action. When you configure and deploy the workflow, it will run on Pipedream's servers 24x7 for free.

  1. Select this integration
  2. Configure the New, Modified or Deleted Records trigger
    1. Connect your Airtable account
    2. Configure timer
    3. Select a Base
    4. Select a Table
  3. Configure the Append Text action
    1. Connect your Google Docs account
    2. Select a Document
    3. Configure Text
    4. Optional- Configure Append at Beginning
  4. Deploy the workflow
  5. Send a test event to validate your setup
  6. Turn on the trigger

Details

This integration uses pre-built, open source components from Pipedream's GitHub repo. These components are developed by Pipedream and the community, and verified and maintained by Pipedream.

To contribute an update to an existing component or create a new component, create a PR on GitHub. If you're new to Pipedream component development, you can start with quickstarts for trigger span and action development, and then review the component API reference.

Trigger

Description:Emits an event each time a record is added, updated, or deleted in an Airtable table. Supports tables up to 10,000 records
Version:0.1.0
Key:airtable-new-modified-or-deleted-records

Trigger Code

import moment from "moment";
import axios from "axios";
import Bottleneck from "bottleneck";

import common from "../common.mjs";

const limiter = new Bottleneck({
  minTime: 200, // 5 requets per second
});
const axiosRateLimiter = limiter.wrap(axios);

export default {
  ...common,
  name: "New, Modified or Deleted Records",
  key: "airtable-new-modified-or-deleted-records",
  version: "0.1.0",
  type: "source",
  description:
    "Emits an event each time a record is added, updated, or deleted in an Airtable table. Supports tables up to 10,000 records",
  props: {
    ...common.props,
    tableId: {
      propDefinition: [
        common.props.airtable,
        "tableId",
        ({ baseId }) => ({
          baseId,
        }),
      ],
    },
  },
  async run(event) {
    const {
      baseId,
      tableId,
      viewId,
    } = this;

    const metadata = {
      baseId,
      tableId,
      viewId,
    };

    const config = {
      url: `https://api.airtable.com/v0/${encodeURIComponent(baseId)}/${encodeURIComponent(tableId)}`,
      params: {},
      headers: {
        Authorization: `Bearer ${this.airtable.$auth.api_key}`,
      },
    };

    const prevAllRecordIds = this.db.get("prevAllRecordIds");

    const lastTimestamp = this.db.get("lastTimestamp");
    config.params.filterByFormula = `LAST_MODIFIED_TIME() > "${lastTimestamp}"`;

    const { data } = await axios(config);

    let allRecordIds = [],
      newRecordsCount = 0,
      modifiedRecordsCount = 0,
      deletedRecordsCount = 0;

    if (data.records) {
      for (const record of data.records) {
        if (!lastTimestamp || moment(record.createdTime) > moment(lastTimestamp)) {
          record.type = "new_record";
          newRecordsCount++;
        } else {
          record.type = "record_modified";
          modifiedRecordsCount++;
        }

        record.metadata = metadata;

        this.$emit(record, {
          summary: `${record.type}: ${JSON.stringify(record.fields)}`,
          id: record.id,
        });
      }
    }

    delete config.params.filterByFormula;

    while (allRecordIds.length === 0 || config.params.offset) {
      const { data } = await axiosRateLimiter(config);
      if (!data.records.length || data.records.length === 0) return;
      allRecordIds = [
        ...allRecordIds,
        ...data.records.map((record) => record.id),
      ];
      if (data.offset) {
        config.params.offset = data.offset;
      } else {
        delete config.params.offset;
      }
    }

    if (prevAllRecordIds) {
      const deletedRecordIds = prevAllRecordIds.filter(
        (prevRecord) => !allRecordIds.includes(prevRecord),
      );
      for (const recordID of deletedRecordIds) {
        deletedRecordsCount++;
        const deletedRecordObj = {
          metadata,
          type: "record_deleted",
          id: recordID,
        };
        this.$emit(deletedRecordObj, {
          summary: "record_deleted",
          id: recordID,
        });
      }
    }

    console.log(
      `Emitted ${newRecordsCount} new records(s) and ${modifiedRecordsCount} modified record(s) and ${deletedRecordsCount} deleted records.`,
    );
    this.db.set("prevAllRecordIds", allRecordIds);

    // We keep track of the timestamp of the current invocation
    this.updateLastTimestamp(event);
  },
};

Trigger Configuration

This component may be configured based on the props defined in the component code. Pipedream automatically prompts for input values in the UI and CLI.
LabelPropTypeDescription
AirtableairtableappThis component uses the Airtable app.
N/Adb$.service.dbThis component uses $.service.db to maintain state between component invocations.
timer$.interface.timer
BasebaseIdstringSelect a value from the drop down menu.
TabletableIdstringSelect a value from the drop down menu.

Trigger Authentication

Airtable uses API keys for authentication. When you connect your Airtable account, Pipedream securely stores the keys so you can easily authenticate to Airtable APIs in both code and no-code steps.

Visit your account settings, copy your API key, and enter it below. If you only need to read data from Airtable, and not modify it, you can generate a read-only API key.


get airtable api key

About Airtable

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Action

Description:Append text to an existing document. [See the docs](https://developers.google.com/docs/api/reference/rest/v1/documents/request#InsertTextRequest)
Version:0.1.1
Key:google_docs-append-text

Action Code

import googleDocs from "../../google_docs.app.mjs";

export default {
  key: "google_docs-append-text",
  name: "Append Text",
  description: "Append text to an existing document. [See the docs](https://developers.google.com/docs/api/reference/rest/v1/documents/request#InsertTextRequest)",
  version: "0.1.1",
  type: "action",
  props: {
    googleDocs,
    docId: {
      propDefinition: [
        googleDocs,
        "docId",
      ],
    },
    text: {
      propDefinition: [
        googleDocs,
        "text",
      ],
    },
    appendAtBeginning: {
      propDefinition: [
        googleDocs,
        "appendAtBeginning",
      ],
    },
  },
  async run({ $ }) {
    const text = {
      text: this.text,
    };
    await this.googleDocs.insertText(this.docId, text, this.appendAtBeginning);
    $.export("$summary", "Successfully appended text to doc");
    return {
      documentId: this.docId,
    };
  },
};

Action Configuration

This component may be configured based on the props defined in the component code. Pipedream automatically prompts for input values in the UI.

LabelPropTypeDescription
Google DocsgoogleDocsappThis component uses the Google Docs app.
DocumentdocIdstringSelect a value from the drop down menu.
Texttextstring

Enter static text (e.g., hello world) or a reference to a string exported by a previous step (e.g., {{steps.foo.$return_value}}).

Append at BeginningappendAtBeginningboolean

Whether to append at the beginning (true) of the document or at the end (false). Defaults to false

Action Authentication

Google Docs uses OAuth authentication. When you connect your Google Docs account, Pipedream will open a popup window where you can sign into Google Docs and grant Pipedream permission to connect to your account. Pipedream securely stores and automatically refreshes the OAuth tokens so you can easily authenticate any Google Docs API.

Pipedream requests the following authorization scopes when you connect your account:

emailprofilehttps://www.googleapis.com/auth/drive

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