Timer

Description

A timer can be used to examine the sequence of an event or process taking place. This is an ideal way for developers to gauge the total execution time of an individual task step or series of steps that perform time sensitive operations. A Start Timer activity creates a new session and begins the recording process and a Stop Timer activity marks its ending. The elapsed time is then output to an AutoMate variable. In addition, a Read Timer activity can be used to gauge the execution time between Start Timer and Stop Timer steps. Multiple timer operations can occur simultaneously within the same task as long as each operation is designated by a unique session.

Available Activities

The following table briefly describes the available activities for this action arranged in alphabetical order. Click the appropriate link for more details regarding each activity.

Activity
Description

Timer - Read

Reads the value of a timer previously started in an established session. The time value is put into an AutoMate variable without stopping the timer. Timer sessions can be used to gauge the execution time

Timer - Start

Starts a timer and creates a session in which other timer actions can link to. Timer sessions can be used to gauge the execution time between Start Timer and Stop Timer steps. Use a Read Timer step to read the timer value without stopping the timer.

Timer - Stop

Stops a timer session that was previously started using a Start Timer action. The elapsed time is output to an AutoMate variable.