Like most people that use AutoHotkey, my first uses of it were very simple things like HotStrings and Hotkeys. I spent several years using AutoHotkey to just utilizing those until I decided to change job roles and moved into Information Technology.
The new job I was hired for I was tasked to find a way to automate an incredibly mundane task (the job would turn over after ~1 year because it was ridiculously mundane, repetitive, and taxing.)
I began learning things like: Web Scraping, Web service APIs, Regular Expressions, simple GUI creation, Object Oriented Programming (OOP) and much more. In this video I discuss some of the many cool uses of AutoHotkey.
It reminded me of this quick clip I saw in a Columbo episode. Most people, when they first start with AutoHotkey, they are “Imitating a human“. Probably because it just “makes sense” to us.
Most people don’t realized there are API (Application Program Interfaces) that allow them to “programmatically” control programs. Imitating a human is (often) simple to code however it is not robust and fails a lot and doesn’t transfer to other systems. You can get a deeper understanding of Human vs. API approach in this video.
In our AHK hero group we’re frequently helping people take their scripts that imitate human behaviors and adapt them to using an API approach.
Now on with the show…
Forcing an Expression in AHK v2
During this Automator team meeting Isaias was teaching Irfan and I how we can force an expression in v2. It’s not “pretty” code, but it’ll ‘getter done’. LOL
Using built-in AutoHotkey Functions
Unlike other languages, AutoHotkey has a LOT of built in functionality. This video is an extract from Intro to AHK in v2. Remember AutoHotkey functions are an AMAZING way to level-up your automation skills!
Me “Helping” AHK hero members 🤣
As many of you know, I’m not a programmer. In fact, I love the fact that I’ve never gone down that path yet I’ve used AutoHotkey to do AMAZING things!
I’m smart enough to know hire very talented people like Isaias and Irfan to help solve the more complicated AHK Hero member’s problems. This video a short excerpt from Galaxy Quest but it’s pretty close to how I feel on the Hero calls go. If you’re not an AHK hero member, I highly recommend you consider joining. Every week we have 3 hours of calls helping people with their tasks. And we have a private Telegram group where people can get their problems solved during the week. And you get 25% off our courses & client work!
📚 What we’re reading
- 10 Useful Windows Commands (Check out our Intro to DOS course)
- How to Make Your Reddit Profile Private
- How to Install Free HEVC /H.265 Codecs on Windows 10 / Win 11
- How to Find Your Router’s IP Address on Any Computer, Smartphone, or Tablet
🤖 AI / Chat GPT-3 News / Usage
- Consumer-Grade Robots Have Begun to Become a Reality
- How the AI Revolution Will Reshape the World
- Introducing Dropbox Dash and Dropbox AI
⚡️Productivity tips: Revisit current processes
Humans are horrible at re-thinking a problem. Once we solve something we rarely re-think how it is being done.
Remember to review processes and look for ways to improve efficiency. Refining your workflows are great ways to save time and be more efficient!
🤣 A spot of Humor: I forgot I created this page of AutoHotkey Jokes. I’ve included a few below but be sure to check out the above page for more.
Q: What do you say to an AutoHotkey v1 user who wants to learn object-oriented programming?
A: Good luck with that!
Q: Why did the v1 user refuse to switch to v2?
A: Because they didn’t want to leave their comfort zone… which happened to be a time capsule.
Q: What do you call an AHK v1 script that uses GUIs?
A: A mess.
If you’re not using AHK v2 yet we have a great course to help you make the transition painless!
They also have access to exclusive & pre-released content and a 3 hours a week where we help people with their AHK issues (the Saturday calls are geared towards people new to AutoHotkey.)
🗣️ 💭 Quotable quotes
- Whatever Your Mind Can Conceive and Believe, It Can Achieve. — Napoleon Hill
- Work harder on yourself than you do on your job — Jim Rohn
- When experiencing errors with tools, typically you should blame the operator, not the tool. — Joe Glines
- Today is always the most productive day of your week. — Mark Hunter
- A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore — Yogi Berra
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