How to take your revenge on your manager: follow his or her instructions to the letter. Sooner or later, one of those instructions interpreted literally will lead to problems or even disaster, but – of course – whose fault will that be? Similarly, how to make automation software go off the rails: make it obey user instructions at the most basic level possible without attempting to understand the intention behind the instruction. Clicking on a computer screen is a good example. Some automation programs only see the (x,y) coordinates. Others understand what’s behind the click: for example, the requirement to open an application. These smarter programs like Automation Anywhere are object-driven.
Understanding the Intention, not Just the Action
When icons to open applications move around or windows get resized, the plain vanilla (x,y) coordinate approach doesn’t work. This is one reason why certain automation programs break down in practice, leaving batch jobs unfinished, emails unsent and documents unprinted. On the other hand, taking an object-oriented point of view means better understanding of what is to be done and being able to check the results afterwards. It’s a mentality that can be carried through to the way the rest of an automation software product is designed. That includes the way the Automation Anywhere macro recorder works and the functioning of the script builder and editor. Automation Anywhere allows for the manipulation and assembling of building blocks of functions and actions, instead of forcing the user down to the level of coding individual computer instructions.
The Move Towards Object-Driven Design
Object-oriented programming for software development has existed for some time. Developers define objects and their properties, and use them for a higher-level coding approach. The advantages lie in reduced development time and increased system security and data protection. Purpose-built business modeling software takes a similar approach with user-friendly objects and their characteristics, instead of the anonymous formulae that haunt spreadsheet files. And software engineers and designers are now working towards making robots that understand natural language commands, like ‘open the door’, from people who are neither experts in programming nor robotics.
Taking the Load Off the User
The point is that an object-driven approach reduces the effort required of the user. The historical programming approach was to locate input data, process it and produce output, with a focus on logic. An object-driven approach in automation software lets users state what they want to see happen to objects and how those objects should interact with each other. Objects in automation software projects using Automation Anywhere may be web pages, stock prices, Excel files, SMSs (mobile phone messages) and much more. That doesn’t prevent a user who wants to program the automation more in-depth from doing so. What it does is to give users the choice without out seeking to impose one preference or the other.
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