Tasks

Overview

An AutoMate task is the primary unit of execution designed to achieve a specific goal. A task can comprise a single step (made up of an action or activity) or it can comprise multiple steps and more elaborate elements such as variables, constants, conditional logic, looping and error handling preferences (to name a few) that make it more multifaceted. A task can be started manually with a single click of a button. It can also be configured to start automatically with the use of triggers which are capable of monitoring for the occurrence of specific system events or conditions and causes a task to execute as a result.  

Related Topics

A managed task is created from the Task Administrator by simply clicking the New button (as shown below). Priorities, security, error handling and other properties for the new managed task can then be set. A managed task can be run, modified or deleted through the Task Administrator console. There are several ways to create a managed task:

  1. Creating a Task Using the Wizard (default option)

  2. Creating a Task Without the Wizard (preferred by experienced AutoMate developers and users)

NOTE: External or unmanaged tasks can also be created which are not accessible from the Task Administrator but are useful for creating sub-tasks (i.e. an embedded task). For more information, see Managed and Unmanaged Tasks.

Key Concepts

There are 3 important things to keep in mind when creating a new managed task: