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Experimental Code Column
Run your own code in Glide Apps
With the Experimental Code Column, you can use your own JavaScript code to create new, custom computed columns. Parameters & results are passed to your code; your code performs computations or fetches data from third parties and then returns values back to your app.

TLDR (for experienced programmers)

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    Host your code at a publicly accessible URL
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    Parameters and results are passed as JSON
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    Perform computations or fetch data
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    Return a single (or array value) from your code
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    Read the important caveats at the end of this guide.

๐Ÿ“– Beginners Guide

The easiest way to think about how the column works is that it;
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    Sends values (columns) from Glide to your code which is hosted elsewhere
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    Your code then computes something using those values
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    The result is then returned to Glide
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    The result is computed for every row in your table
(in reality, the code runs on your device, but it's useful to think of it this way ๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿผ)

Example use - finding a substring

At the time of writing this, Glide doesn't yet have a substring column that can extract part of a string. (For example, take the first three letters of a name. Michael โ†’ Mic.) So this is a great opportunity for us to build our own column type!
To make this, we need to think about the functionality of this column. However we write our code, weโ€™re going to need to pass three values or โ€˜parametersโ€™ to it so the code can find the substring correctly. We will need:
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    The string we want to extract the substring from
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    The start index of the substring โ€“ e.g., character position 0 (which would be โ€œMโ€ in โ€œMichaelโ€)
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    The end index of the substring โ€“ e.g., character position 3 (which would be "c" in "Michael")

Hosting your code

When we add the Experimental Code column, we see only one field, which is the URL for our code. Hosting code is a whole other topic which we canโ€™t go into depth with here. Suffice it to say โ€“ your code needs to be publically accessible on the web so the Experimental Code column can reference it. You can host your code in many different ways, but we would suggest using Replit or GitHub Pages.
Replit lets you write, publish & host code easily. To help you out, weโ€™ve created a starter project for you. After youโ€™ve signed up for an account, copy this Repl by โ€˜forkingโ€™ it.
Your code needs a number of files for it to work properly. In the project you just copied, youโ€™ll see the following:
    The index.html file loads all the other files
    The driver.js file is the interface between the code you write in function.js and Glide
    The function.js file is the actual JavaScript code of your column
    The glide.json file contains metadata about your code, such as its name, a description, what parameters it takes, and what kind of result it produces.
    The README.md is a markdown file explaining some of what is covered in this guide.
The only two you need to worry about are the glide.json and function.js files. You should leave the others alone unless you really, really know what you're doing ๐Ÿ˜‰.

Glide.json

The glide.json file contains high-level information about your code. In other words, this is where you define;
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    The name and description of your column (as well as any other metadata you want)
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    The names and types that youโ€™ll be passing from Glide to your code (otherwise known as parameters)
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    The type of value you want your code to return to Glide (string, number, boolean, array, etc)
The glide.json file is written in JSON. You can learn more about JSON here.โ€‹
In our example, we have three values we want to pass to our code:
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    The string we want to extract the substring from
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    The start index of the substring โ€“ e.g., character position 0 (which would be โ€œMโ€ in โ€œMichaelโ€)
    3.
    The end index of the substring โ€“ e.g., character position 3 (which would be "c" in "Michael")
The glide.json file
When we add the public URL of our code to the column, the JSON objects we define will show up as functional fields that we can pass data into.
The final part of the glide.json file is the return type. This is the type of data that your code returns. In our example, weโ€™ll be returning a string, so we will write:
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"result": {
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"type": "string"
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}
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Function.js

The Function.js file is the actual JavaScript code for your column. In our example, our function is quite simple. Below is the code with comments.
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// The function here takes the parameters that you
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// have declared in the `glide.json` file, in the
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// same order.
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window.function = function (str, start, end) {
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// For each parameter, its `.value` contains
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// either its value in the type you've declared,
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// or it's `undefined`. This is a good place to
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// extract the `.value`s and assign default
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// values.
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str = str.value ?? "";
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start = start.value ?? 0;
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end = end.value;
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// Your function should return the exact type
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// you've declared for the `result` in the
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// manifest, or `undefined` if there's an error
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// or no result can be produced, because a
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// required input is `undefined`, for example.
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return str.substring(start, end);
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}
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Making changes to your code

When your app loads on a device , it will always get the latest code that you've published online.
If you make changes to your code and want to see the results whilst you're editing your app you'll need to publish those new changes, visit the column in the Data Editor and click the refresh button. This will fetch your updated code and sync it to the Data Editor for you to see the effects and debug any issues.
Whenever a Glide app starts up, it loads the code for the Experimental Code column. If you make changes and are testing them on your device then you will need to quit the app and re-open it.

Types

string, number, and boolean are the basic primitive types. If you declare a parameter of this type, Glide will convert whichever values are passed into that declared JavaScript type. In other words โ€“ if you declare a parameter as number, then you can be sure that the value is a JavaScript number (or undefined, which can happen for any parameter).
primitive is special in that it doesnโ€™t convert the values, as far as that is possible. For example, if you have a boolean column with a string value of "True", if you declare a parameter as boolean, Glide will pass it as the boolean true, but if you declare it as primitive, Glide will pass the string "True".
uri, image-uri, audio-uri, date-time, markdown, phone-number, email-address, and emoji are string types, i.e. Glide will pass them as strings to your code, and you have to return them as strings, but Glide treats them specially. For example, if your computed column declares that it returns date-time, then you can use all the date/time comparison operators on the result.
Arrays of primitive values are declared as, for example { "kind": "array", "items": "string" }, which declares an array of strings.

Caveats

Your Code is Public Your code needs to be public in order for Glide to read it โ€“ so don't put any secrets or sensitive information in there. You also can't assume that the code you are writing is only going to be called from your app. Even if you haven't shared the code's URL, someone else could theoretically run your code by calling it from somewhere else.
Not Designed for Actions The experimental code column is not designed for code that performs actions. It should only be used to compute data or call data from other services.
This is because you do not control when or how often the code is called and at what interval. This is determined by the internals of Glide.
Another way of thinking about it is that your code should be idempotent. No matter how many times it's run on the same data, the same result will be returned. Code that increments a number, for example, is not idempotent.
Make Sure You Trust The Author If you're using code written or hosted by someone else โ€“ make sure you trust the author. Experimental Code columns can access any data you pass to them so it's important you are confident with where it's going.
Sharing your code Similarly, if you share your code with others โ€“ย make sure you are clear on the implications and remove any parts of the code that you don't want others to be able to access.
It's Experimental ๐Ÿ˜‰ We built this feature to learn which computed columns we should add to Glide. The Experimental Code column could change drastically, or we could even remove it. We encourage you to play with it but we donโ€™t recommend building mission-critical functionality with it just yet.
Support Glide support staff cannot help you with your custom code, but you can always post in the forum, and you're sure to get a response from one of our friendly community members.

Examples

Here are some examples from the community that you can copy for free.
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