Anyone do AHK for full time work?

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Anyone do AHK for full time work?

31 Dec 2017, 10:01

Just wondering if there were any experts out there that do it full time in paid work?

One of the problems is: people suffer in pain doing repetetive and have no idea that all (or at least a huge amount) could be automated!

Would be interesting to know.
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Re: Anyone do AHK for full time work?

02 Jan 2018, 09:00

Depends on your definition of doing it full-time. I have AHK applications that run full-time in my work and i am regularly developing new code using AHK. I am not constricted to use only AHK though.
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02 Jan 2018, 11:07

Between 2007 and 2015 i did a mix of PHP and AHK(Mostly AHK) full time in a financial institution. Look for automation work in insurance and banking. I still do automation just with different tools. My AHK experience was highly valued
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Re: Anyone do AHK for full time work?

03 Jan 2018, 10:41

@Gio @tank what other tools did you guys use?
I'm looking at other tools to use as well (AHK is always King for me)
Would be interested to know what you use otherwise.
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03 Jan 2018, 11:59

Automation anywhere and blue prism
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04 Feb 2018, 04:19

Worked for SIEMENS EWSD Digital Telephone Switching Network , work was done in minutes rather than hours
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04 Feb 2018, 10:43

i used to do ahk full time for like 8 years but management changed and i hated them
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09 Oct 2018, 07:31

I would like to continue this topic and discuss resources available to learn UIPath, Blue Prism etc. It seems that Autohotkey community is extremely well developed and solutions are constantly shared. It would be interesting to know if there are any possibilities to learn blue prism or other automation platforms the same way as you can learn Autohotkey. I personally always support open source solutions because they are much better and more value is delivered. Any ideas where to find such information on other automation platforms and learn how they function, preferably for free :)
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09 Oct 2018, 11:40

Blue Priam is a paid product. I am not aware of a trial or student license. UIPath has free training and product download. Blue Prism has a rather steep learning curve but is a very good product. It is most popular in the EU with Automation AnyWhere right behind it.
UIPath is gaining popularity because learning to use it is free.
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Re: Anyone do AHK for full time work?

09 Oct 2018, 13:02

Just wondering if there were any experts out there that do it full time in paid work?

One of the problems is: people suffer in pain doing repetetive and have no idea that all (or at least a huge amount) could be automated!

Would be interesting to know.
The people I've been around and seen use AutoHotkey in the workplace (along with .bat files, Winbatch, AutoIt, VBScript, PowerShell, etc...) have been IT or quasi IT types (business or admin people doing IT tasks). People that didn't formally study programming, but needed to do tasks that involved scripting or programming. So, they used AutoHotkey (and similar tools) to help them do their job, though they weren't paid specifically as a programmer.

In addition, if you Google for freelancers, you will see there are AutoHotkey experts for hire or programmers that use AutoHotkey to deliver paid solutions. Therefore the question seems to be a matter of skill. Likely there are also various professional programmers that got their start in AutoHotkey and it was the basis for how they learned programming.
Blue Priam is a paid product. I am not aware of a trial or student license. UIPath has free training and product download. Blue Prism has a rather steep learning curve but is a very good product. It is most popular in the EU with Automation AnyWhere right behind it.
UIPath is gaining popularity because learning to use it is free.
UIPath appears quite interesting, though not so much as something a person gets into as a hobby, casually, or as a time saver type of thing. AutoHotkey is like something you trip over or find accidentally, realize it's very useful, then possibly get hooked on it.

UiPath's Community Edition terms seem a bit tricky. Looks like you can play with it on an individual level or single computer, but if you bring it into the workplace, best cough up the dough. And for a company or business, seems like UiPath would defintely have to be a planned business decision, as oppose to something the secretary or IT guy snuck in as a time saver.

Edit- Watched a video about (Robotic Process Automation (RPA) in action, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FV8lM9SIFQ8
Looks like an expert in AutoHotkey could have automated such a process for a company. Unless they need a non-Windows or cross-platform solution, a company could have debatably hired an AutoHotkey freelancer. Seems partially an issue of marketing and awareness, that more companies don't know the possibilities (for automation) or various options they have for getting a job or task done. That UiPath can utilize AutoHotkey is definitely an advantage for them.
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Re: Anyone do AHK for full time work?

10 Oct 2018, 07:15

UIPath, Blue Prism all are coming from AutoIT from what I understand.

As my personal interest is in Blue Prism can anyone please compare Blue Prism to AHK and it which ways Blue Prism is better/worser? From initial information that I have there is no programming with Blue Prism, one only has to create process charts and then system takes care of the rest. However I could be wrong because I have seen only videos of the actual process.

Also does anyone know any sites or publications covering Blue Prism topic?
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10 Oct 2018, 14:08

Blue Prism is developed as flow charts with objects having properties. I am not aware of any public documentation
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