As with most Microsoft Garage projects, Script Lab had humble beginnings. It came out of a hackathon project at the company's //oneweek 2016 event. The goal was to simplify the building of Office add-ins, and the Script Lab team has been successful.
In part, it's a training tool. It lets developers play around with code to quickly create prototypes and modify them. It also means those with little experience can play around without complex setups. It requires no extra apps or configuration and can be done inside of the Office program.
Script Lab Features
According to Microsoft, ScriptLab has three main features that benefit developers:
- Run the code in another pane beside the editor. Execution can include logic, API calls to Office, UI in the pane, and even output to a console. Every time you make a code change you can refresh the editor and run the new version in seconds.
- Share your snippets through GitHub. If you create a snippet you'd like to share, you can use Script Lab to save it. Then send the link to someone else to try it and tweak it on their computer. The Import feature lets you load other people's snippets.”
You can get hold of Script Lab today by simply installing it from the Office store. The tool is free of charge and works with Office 2013 or later, as well Office online and Mac. More information is available on GitHub.