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How to use the Expression Builder

11/21/08 • by Marjo Martinez, in Tech Talk 0 comments
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The AutoMate Expression Builder is a valuable tool used to assist in the creation and examination of expressions. An expression, in a programming, is a combination of variables, constants, functions and operators that represents a particular value. Many procedures or actions that one might want to perform with expressions are already contained in AutoMate's list of available actions. However, expressions can be used to further expand the capabilities of an action or add more intelligence to a task due to its ability to resolve dynamic data during task execution. The Expression Builder essentially incorporates all of the elements needed in order to create a properly formatted expression for use in any step of an AutoMate task.

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Repository Management

10/27/08 • by Marjo Martinez, in Tech Talk 0 comments

AutoMate BPA Server 7 is comprised of three major elements: the Server, Agent and Development clients. The Server is the center of communication between connected Agents and the Development clients. It is also the "repository" of all information and objects concerning the creation, modification, management, organization and execution of each and every automated process.

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Property Inheritance

9/30/08 • by Marjo Martinez, in Tech Talk 0 comments

Introduction

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AutoMate BPA Server 7 Installation Instructions

2/27/08 • by Marjo Martinez, in Tech Talk 0 comments

Automate BPA Server 7, in addition to the powerful capabilities found in AutoMate 6, provides more enhanced features and actions. The most significant of these include a client/server design to automate business processes involving just one machine or an entire network. The result is that the BPA Server 7 architecture is comprised of three major components: the Server, the Agents, and the Development Tools, which can be installed on the same machine or on separate machines. This article will provide illustrated instructions and important notes regarding the installation of BPA Server 7, whether the separate components are installed on a single machine or on different machines.

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AutoMate BPA Server Agent Deployment

11/16/07 • by Marjo Martinez, in Tech Talk 1 comment

AutoMate BPA Server works hand-in-hand with AutoMate Agents in order to execute workflows and perform tasks across a network environment. The Agent's main purpose is to perform triggering, workflow, and task execution, either locally or on a remote machine. An Agent has no graphic user interface. It simply resides on the machine and quietly runs in the background until it is called upon by BPA Server to execute a workflow or complete a task. Agents also detect conditions that can initiate workflows, so communication between Server and Agents works in both directions.

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User Resource Center

9/21/07 • by Marjo Martinez, in Tech Talk 0 comments

The AutoMate User Resource Center "A Different Kind of Product Support Web Site"Support All Day............... Seriously All Day

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Get Subtext

This sample task will illustrate how AutoMate can grab a particular sentence from a paragraph and show that sentence in a message box. This task is ideal when particular data needs to be extracted from a text file. The same concept can be used to enter data in between two reference points in a paragraph.

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Debug Window

8/13/07 • by Marjo Martinez, in Tech Talk 0 comments

The Debug Window of the AutoMate Task Builder supplies a large amount of information about the task being constructed. Its purpose is to assist a developer to properly diagnose a task that generates an error or is generally not running properly. It provides a simple means to examine the contents of variables, inspect the states of any watches that were set, view labels and attachments or observe what each step may (or may not) have done during task execution. The Debug window contains six views which are separated by tabs. This article will provide a comprehensive description of each available Debugging tool.

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Automating Desktop Interactions

7/25/07 • by Marjo Martinez, in Tech Talk 0 comments

AutoMate is certainly the ideal tool to use when it comes to automating the procedure of interacting with controls within a window or navigating through a webpage, application or other types of interfaces. AutoMate includes numerous interactivity related actions that can impersonate any mouse or keyboard activity as well as virtually any form of desktop interactions performed manually.

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Loop Dataset using Excel Actions

This sample task will use the appropriate 'Excel' actions in AutoMate to grab data from the first few rows and columns of an Excel Document (rows 1 to 5 and columns A to C) and populate a dataset with the grabbed data. It will then loop through the rows of the dataset and show the data within each column of the current row in a message box. With each successive loop the current row of the dataset is incremented.

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FTP – Compare Files and Email Report

This sample task will compare the files that are located within a folder in an FTP site with files residing in a local folder. A Nested Loop occurs (Loop within a Loop) to evaluate whether the current file name specified in the FTP server matches that of any file names residing in the local directory. If the file names match, the task will then evaluate whether the file sizes are the same. If the file names and file sizes are identical, no download will occur for that particular file.

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Logon Options in Depth

6/25/07 • by Marjo Martinez, in Tech Talk 1 comment

AutoMate's Logon options contain the settings that are used to run a managed task in diverse situations. It can specify how the task should run depending on the current state of the machine, whether it is logged on, logged off or locked.

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Task Runtime Information

This sample task will identify some important task-related information that can be captured during runtime. The information will be illustrated within three separate Dialog Boxes. This task uses a number of AutoMate Extended Functions which is referenced along with the specified task information.

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Variables vs. Constants

5/18/07 • by Marjo Martinez, in Tech Talk 0 comments

A variable is a named storage location that can contain data which, if needed, may be modified during task execution. In this manner, variables can be used to represent and store dynamic data that may be different each time the task is run. Each variable has a name that uniquely identifies it. Variables can be used to represent data in a task that may be different from system to system.

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Remote Administration

4/24/07 • by Marjo Martinez, in Tech Talk 0 comments

Remote Administration provides the capability to directly manage an AutoMate client from any machine on a TCP/IP network where the AutoMate Task Administrator is running. Once connected to a remote AutoMate, a user can add, remove, modify and debug managed tasks and enable / disable task triggering on the remote machine.

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Check if a process is running

This task will loop through all processes and check if a certain process is running. If so, a dialog box will display YES! <Process Name> is running. This demonstrates how the 'Loop Processes' action can be utilized.

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Task Prioritization & Run Time Management

3/23/07 • by Marjo Martinez, in Tech Talk 0 comments

IntroductionAutoMate has the ability to execute numerous tasks simultaneously. The total amount of simultaneously run tasks can be configured from the Task Administrator under 'System' -> 'Options' -> 'Priorities' tab.

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Holiday Exclusion Dates

AutoMate currently does not include a "Holiday Exclusion" option in the 'Schedule Watcher' trigger's properties (though this will be available in the upcoming AutoMate 7 release). However, this functionality can be implemented on a per task basis. However, this can become pretty tedious, especially if a user needs to modify over 70 tasks.

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Method of getting file name and path when using ‘File Watcher’ trigger

When used with the 'File Watcher' trigger, the expression AMTrigger.Filename will populate itself with a file's path and file name that was added, modified or deleted (depending on the trigger properties). When this 'Folder Watcher' trigger is activated, it automatically passes the AMTrigger object to the task. It merely needs to be envoked by using %AMTrigger.FileName%.

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