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Chapter 12. Scripting > Thinking About Scripting

Thinking About Scripting

Because scripting is a great tool for automating large, repetitive tasks, many of us think that that’s all it’s good for. But there’s far more to scripting than that. Scripting is also good at little things—operations that might save you only a few seconds a day, but can make your work easier or more precise.

By “little things,” we means scripts that save you only a few mouse clicks, drags, or key presses at a time. It’s these tiny tasks, repeated dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of times day by day, that add up to fatigue, irritation, and repetitive motion injuries. When you take a common task that involves some number of actions and replace it with a simple double-click or keystroke (all it takes to run a script), you reduce the difficulty and complexity of your work.


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