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Ok, automate stuff? Why automate? If you’ve ever spent hours:
- updating, moving or renaming files and folders,
- searching the web and downloading content,
- merging, splitting, encrypting or adding watermark to PDFs,
- resizing images
- or updating hundreds of spreadsheet cells, you’d know this tasks are tedious.
But what if you could have your computer do them for you? What if you can write a program to do in minutes what would take you hours to do? As a programmer, ask yourself this questions, simply put, will I save more (time, resources) if I automate this stuff?
Automation is going to take some effort, effort = time. Why spend the time? We need to get time back, of course. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a very specific idea of perfection and absolutely consumed by the idea of fully automating programs.
Perfection in my mind is complete automation, I imagine a world where we solve every small (or large) problem with software or hardware solution; engineering each of these small, independent solutions without requiring any human intervention while running and managing itself indefinitely.
Regardless of how fully automated a problem is, we all know computers doing everything for us will cause them to one day take over the earth. But some people out there have neither watched the Matrix nor Terminator movies and are working diligently toward making computers do people jobs.
However, what if you never had to do those tedious tasks again because there was a sustainable, lasting solution to those issues? What if you never had to implement a user profile on a website because there was some service which permanently solved the problem?
You only live once
I don’t like making a big deal out of things so small and insignificant. I consider myself a reasonably logical and smart guy – but sometimes I just think “WHOA. I really need to just let go and automate this stuff I repeat. Life is way too short for that.”
Nonetheless, don’t spend your time doing work a well-trained monkey (or computer) could do. Even if you’ve never written a line of code, learn and make your computer do the grunt work. Remember your overall goal is perfect automation, and now start automating.