AutoHotkey GitHub Webinar: Become an amazing AHK Programmer in 2020

AutoHotkey Github WebinarWe had an awesome webinar today! Jean Lalonde, author of Quick Access Popup, lead us on a great webinar today regarding how to use GitHub to with our AutoHotkey scripts & programs.  BTW we streamed the webinar live to this AutoHotkey Facebook group.

AutoHotkey Podcasts Highlighted

67 Ways to make money with around AutoHotkey  

68 Selling Software Group Discussion   

  • Jackie Sztuk
  • Ryan Wells
  • Jean Lalonde
  • Raptor X
  • Charlie Simmons / Tank
  • Joe Glines

69 Do people see what needs Automation?

Script Highlight

taskManager by fenchai23

TaskManager

AutoHotkey GitHub Webinar

Video Hour 1: High-level overview
Video Hour 2: Finishing up on GitHub

Here’s the deck shared by Jean Lalonde during the webinar

 

AutoHotkey Webinar- Using AHK string functions in Excel

AHK In this webinar we walked through using AutoHotkey String functions in Excel.

Script Highlight:  Pull data about your computer with WMI by shajul.  Forum post and my link to the zipped files of the separate scripts I wrote

Video Hour 1 & 2 : AHK string functions in Excel

Books on RPA (Robotics Process Automation) that I mentioned in the webinar

Below are links to books I showed during the webinar. I put them into two groups (those I like/recommend and those I don’t). I’m more of a “glass is half-full” kind of guy and think technology is good. The books I don’t recommend were much more negative towards technology. While I don’t recommend them, I think time will tell who is right/wrong.  Personally any of the following you buy I’d try and buy as used.  Many are pretty expensive new (probably because of the small market size)

Recommended Robotics Process Automation books

Service Automation: Robots and the Future of Work 2016 -Great book!
Robotic Process Automation and Risk Mitigation: The Definitive Guide 2017
Robotic Process and Cognitive Automation: The Next Phase 2018 -Great book!
The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology 2019 – very interesting
Life After Google: The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy 2018 – some wild ideas here
The Human Advantage: The Future of American Work in an Age of Smart Machines 2018
The Glass Cage: How Our Computers Are Changing Us 2015
Managing IT as a Strategic Resource 1997
Beyond the IT Productivity Paradox 1999 – old but still interesting

Not recommended but still on the RPA topic

In The Age Of The Smart Machine: The Future Of Work And Power 1989
The Lights in the Tunnel: Automation, Accelerating Technology and the Economy of the Future 2009
A Dangerous Master: How to Keep Technology from Slipping Beyond Our Control 2015
Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future 2016

 

We also mentioned using ternary operators

and Alternate Data Stream as data storage

Here’s the code Jackie walked through.

#SingleInstance,Force
username := "Jackie"

msgbox % "Name: " username "`nPassword: " password()
return
password(){
  FilePath := A_ScriptFullPath
  IniRead, Var, %FilePath%:Stream:$DATA, Settings, Pass, error
  If (Var="error"){
    InputBox, Var , New, Please enter password, HIDE
    IniWrite, %Var%, %FilePath%:Stream:$DATA, Settings, Pass
  }
  return Var
}

 

AutoHotkey Webinar- Finding presence of text in a large file

AutoHotkey webinarIn this working-session webinar we helped Dimitri with a project he was working on.  In short, he is looking for specific text in a “large” text file.  We discussed various approaches to the solution and created a few example solutions

Script Highlight:  Control panel objects by jNizM

Several things to consider before writing a solution

1.Just how large is/will the text file get?

A.Is the file going to be appended to over time?

2.Do you just need to answer “is the text value in the file” or do you need more information

A.how many occurrences

B.which lines it is on

C.other values related to it (key-value pairs, other fields, etc.)

3.Do you care if the text is found multiple times?

4.How important is speed

5.Would a “fuzzy search” help?

6.Will you be running single or multiple searches?

Possible Approaches for finding text in a large text file

  • Use InString on file read (see below example)
  • Shove it into an Object  (see below example)
  • Use built-in ADO database query by VXE
  • Use SQLite3

Simple InStr solution

Loop,Read, B:\the-automator\Webinar\Scripts\2020-01-Working Session\Dimitri\glbintf3.dat ;loop over data file (line by line)
  if InStr(A_LoopReadLine,"ENP-001213") ;If there is a : in the row, then proceed
    m(A_LoopReadLine,A_Index)

Shoving into an Object

  obj:={} ;Create object for storing data
  Loop,Read, B:\the-automator\Webinar\Scripts\2020-01-Working Session\Dimitri\glbintf3.dat ;loop over data file (line by line)
  {
    if InStr(A_LoopReadLine,":"){ ;If there is a : in the row, then proceed
      RegExMatch(A_LoopReadLine,"(\d+:)(\s+)?(?<Str>\S+.*)",arr_) ;Grab everything to the right of the : and push into Arr_Str
      obj[arr_Str]:=1
    }
  }
;********************Show all in object***********************************
  for k,v in obj
    output.=k "`n"
  MsgBox  %output% 
  
;********************Loop and find your value***********************************
  for k,v in obj{
    if(InStr(k,"ENP-003066"))
      m(k)
  }

 

 

AutoHotkey Webinar- Learn AutoHotkey quickly

In the first hour of the webinar we walked through the process for how to learn anything (including AutoHotkey) quickly

Hour 1: High-level overview
Hour 2: Q&A

Script Highlight:  Merging / Appending files of similar structure

  • A-Z Database allows for extracting contacts up to 1,000 at a time. Check your local library for access
  • For simplification I extracted 25 at a time, then merge together.
  • Each csv file has a header row
  • Every file has the same headers
  • Get the source code here

Learn AutoHotkey quickly

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