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How to learn Desktop Automation?

Posted: Mon May 04, 2020 8:01 am
by Stamimail
What is the best way and best technology/tools to learn?

Are there jobs for that?

Re: How to learn Desktop Automation?

Posted: Mon May 04, 2020 9:57 am
by NotNull
Depending on what you want to do, a macro recorder might also get the job done.
This will replay the actions you recorded before, but lacks evaluating conditions, like for example AutoHotKey can.

AutoHotKEy is a good candidate for automation. It has a somewhat relaxt syntax and can do about anything (*).
AutoIT is much more strict; more for real developers.
No experience with other tools.

Best way to learn:
Find something you want to automate, decide which tool would fit best and ... just start!
There is always a forum to help you out.
And even if it fails, you learned a lot for your next project.

Sidenote: after 5 days of usage, AHK seemed awesome. But after 5 weeks, that "relaxt" way of handling things started to work against me:
you're never sure if you had the right syntax, so you have to "try & error". Maybe things will get better in the sixth week :)

Most irritating till now: I couldn't get "function a" to work, until I read the help describing "function b": mutual exclusive with "function a". No mention of that in the help of function a ...

Re: How to learn Desktop Automation?

Posted: Sat May 09, 2020 4:35 pm
by NotNull
Just came across this:
Pulover's Macro Creator is a Free Automation Tool and Script Generator. It is based on AutoHotkey language and provides users with multiple automation functions, as well as a built-in recorder. Macros can be executed from the program itself or you can export them to AutoHotkey Script format or a standalone executable.
(No programming knowledge required)

Maybe that can help you to get started.