||[Mar. 23rd, 2014|07:34 pm]
The Question Club
Okay, so, tech dilemma (and I have Googled this to hell and back):|
My job requires me to do a mind-numbing series of database searches with slightly changing parameters and including different series of keywords. Then I save the results to a file and go through them later. It is getting tedious and excruciating. I mean, there are hundreds of these.
I need to either find a program or write one that can take a series of variables and use these as my keywords, then go through a pre-programmed set of steps for me (setting the search parameters) to end up with these saved files.
I'm finding things like this list, but I don't think any of these would actually be advanced enough to do what I want: http://betanews.com/2011/01/25/11-free-tools-for-automating-repetitive-tasks-in-windows/ (I can run Ubuntu or Windows, whichever would work better for this.)
I'm thinking of how Photoshop can do batch rotations, or how you can make a mail merge in Word to pull in a list of names into a pre-existing document - if those things are possible, I think what I need should be possible. I wouldn't mind learning a scripting language to be able to automate this, but I don't know enough yet to know which one might be useful? Could anyone point me in the right direction?