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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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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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Executing a command-line application using the Run Action

This month's Task Of The Month compliments our Tech Tech article by providing an example of executing a command-line application using the Run action that directs its output and return code to two different files. These files are then read into AutoMate variables for display and analysis.

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SQL Query with Excel

This month's task looks at using the SQL Query action in a unique way. Using the Microsoft JET database provider, AutoMate can access an Excel spreadsheet like a standard database. This makes gathering and collecting data from a spreadsheet more efficient then opening Microsoft Excel and manipulating the spreadsheet manually.

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Check if the file size is zero

This task will loop through a folder and count the number of files that are empty by checking if the file size is 0.

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Loop Through and Rename Files

"This task will loop though filenames in a folder and replace any spaces within a filename with an underscore "_". The results will be displayed in a message box.

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Create an Array - Two-Dimensioned

This is a sample task that uses two-dimentioned Arrays with Loops, as well as the Ubound function. Ubound is a function that returns the highest index of a variable that holds an array of values.

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A Working Example of the DateDiff() Function

This is a working example of the DateDiff function which returns the ammount of time between two dates per the interval you select. You can use the following values for the interval:

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Status of Task

This task takes the name of a task file, then checks to see if that task file is enabled, disabled or does not exist. The task checks the ATL file in your system for the data that it needs. If your task is not in the ATL file, then it will say that the file could not be found. Otherwise, it tells you the status of the entered task.

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AutoMate RSS Reader

This task is a light weight RSS reader. It demonstrates AutoMate's ability to read and manipulate XML.

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Running a Task Within a Task

This sample task will illustrate how AutoMate can start other tasks from within a "Parent" task by using the 'Start Task' action. This is especially useful for code reuse so the same code does not have to be written over and over again, rather, one task can be created and called repeatedly.

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Log on to a Linux box using the VT220

This task shows you how to log on to a Linux box (or some other non-windows machine) using the VT220 terminal emulation. It can only be run using Enterprise. The terminal actions are used in lieu of terminal emulation software. Using the terminal actions, legacy systems can be automated in the background without the use of 3rd party software.

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