Introduction to AML

AML (Automation Markup Language) is the primary internal language used by AutoMate. It is a markup language similar to HTML or XML that it is designed to facilitate the building of automation solutions in Windows. Powerful, scalable, and easy to use, AML is comprised of over 230 available actions and hundreds of functions and instructions with built-in support for variables, constants and expressions.

Actions (also known as steps or tags), which encapsulate common things that a user may need to automate in Windows. These include running a program, opening a web page, sending keystrokes to an application, clicking a button, downloading a file, running a database query and much more!

BASIC Scripting encompasses all available functions which may be used either as expressions inside any task step by surrounding the function in % signs, or inside a BASIC script by using the BASIC Script action. It is not necessary to use BASIC scripting to use AML, BASIC scripting is only available to extend the built-in capabilities of AML.

Note to Beginners

AutoMate is designed to be powerful yet easy enough for any IT professional to use. Do not let the fact that there is an underlying "language" scare you away. The Task Builder component of AutoMate provides an easy to use visual interface layer over the top of AML, it is not necessary to learn the actual internal syntax of any of these commands, this information is documented for advanced users that wish to familiarize themselves with the internals of AutoMate.

See Also

About Variables

About Constants

About Arrays

About Datasets