Task Builder Quick Reference Guide

The Task Builder is used to visually construct and examine the steps that an AutoMate task should carry out when it is run (either manually or automatically with the use of a trigger). Task steps are created by visually dragging-and-dropping AutoMate activities from an actions palette and placing them in the sequence desired for execution. This eliminates the need to write code or create batch files. A task can be composed of a single activity or hundreds of activities, depending on what it is designed to perform.

To ensure that newly created tasks are working properly before they are put into production, the Task Builder includes a variety of testing and debugging features that provide detailed, real time information about a running task, which aids a developer in monitoring and debugging tasks as they are being constructed.

What the Task Builder Accomplishes

Task Builder is the primary interface used to construct and test the steps of a task. It contains a variety of debug tools to allow developers to conveniently examine tasks while they are being constructed. Task Builder operations include the following:

Simple drag-and-drop task construction

Edit steps of a task

Use search feature to find actions/activities

Print or e-mail task steps

Test tasks using available Run options

Viewing debug data via the Debug panel

Creating variables, arrays and other expressions via the Expression Builder

What the Task Builder Does NOT Accomplish

The Task Builder is used to build and test task specific steps that should be carried out when the task is run (or triggered automatically). However, it does not handle the creation of a task, triggering (such as scheduling the task to run automatically) or system settings. For this, use the Task Administrator.

Task Builder Quick Reference Guide

access Task Builder

find available actions and Activities:

add steps to a task

view or edit Task Steps

manually run one or more steps

disable certain steps from running

save your task