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Executing Command-line Applications Using The Run Action

1/17/07 • by Scott Robinet, in Tech Talk 2 comments

The AutoMate Run action is used to run Windows applications by specifying the application name (and the full path to the application if necessary). For example, to run notepad, one would simply place the word "notepad.exe" into the Run parameter and notepad will start. Most applications that are designed to run on the command-line will also execute this way provided the command-line does not contain any symbols that are used primarily in a DOS box. In other words, attempting to use the Run action to execute a command-line where the output is to be written to a file, or piping together multiple commands on the same command-line, require special handling.

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What is a Dataset?

12/13/06 • by Scott Robinet, in Tech Talk 0 comments

Like variables, datasets are used to represent data in a task that may be different each time a task runs. But unlike standard variables, datasets can contain multiple rows and columns. This is useful when retrieving information that describes more than one object or represents a collection of data such as a database or spreadsheet.

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mySQL and the SQL Query Action

AutoMate can easily interact with a mySQL server and its associated databases through the SQL Query and SQL Stored Procedure actions. The document explains how to setup a mySQL data source connection through AutoMate that can be used to run queries against a mySQL database.

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Error Detection and Handling

AutoMate provides three levels in which it can automatically detect and handle errors. They include the System (or Global) Level, Task Level and Step Level. Furthermore, AutoMate includes different options for each level to handle errors when they occur. How AutoMate reacts to an error and what can be done when one occurs depends on how its 'Error Handling' parameters are set in the managed task's properties.

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Optimizing Task Execution Speed

AutoMate provides two operating environments: a debugging environment for creating, debugging and perfecting tasks, and another to run the tasks in an optimized state.

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Percentage signs and their use in AutoMate

8/15/06 • by Scott Robinet, in Tech Talk 2 comments

This month we will concentrate on clarifying the use of the percentage sign and how they relate to the embedded expression evaluator.

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How to run a task outside of AutoMate

7/19/06 • by Marjo Martinez, in Tech Talk 0 comments

Occasionally users may have a need to run a task created in AutoMate from outside of AutoMate. Usually the user wishes to run the task from one of the following:

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Remote Administration

6/16/06 • by Scott Robinet, in Tech Talk 0 comments

This month we will explore some of the special capabilities of the AutoMate Task Administrator. The Administrator is the gateway to the AutoMate system, allowing the user to configure the AutoMate Task Service, create and manage tasks, assign triggers, and tailor the way tasks are run.

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AutoMate Attachments

5/18/06 • by Scott Robinet, in Tech Talk 0 comments

A great feature lies tucked away in the AutoMate Task Builder than can make exporting and sharing tasks a whole lot easier: attachments. Attachments allow a file of any type to be embedded within a task so that third-party elements can be included with a task for greater portability. For example if you have a task that plays a .wav file when a certain event occurs you can guarantee the sound file will always be present on the system by attaching the file to the task.

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Debugging Tasks

5/5/06 • by Scott Robinet, in Tech Talk 0 comments

This month we'll explore some of the techniques you can use to debug tasks in the AutoMate Task Builder. Several features available in AutoMate 6.1 can help make this an easier process.

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Running A Task In Different Workstation States

4/6/06 • by Scott Robinet, in Tech Talk 0 comments

By default, an AutoMate Managed Task runs as the user that is currently logged onto the machine at the time the task is triggered, and will not run if the workstation is logged off or locked. But what if the task must run if there is or is not a user logged on? What if the task must run as a specific user, regardless of who is using the workstation when the task begins?

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