Working with variables can ease the amount of work required for a task, but when using variables it is important to stay organized. Here are some good tips to consider.
While Automate was designed to easily and quickly build tasks, there is still much planning that goes on before you can start dragging over your Actions. You need to think about what you want your task to accomplish, organize your thoughts, and then turn those thoughts into steps that your task will execute. For some this can be tricky, and tasks can become long when building them out. One trick to make things easier is to use variables. Before getting into the reasons of why using variables is a good practice, let’s first discuss what a variable is.
What is a variable you ask? Think of a variable as some sort of a storage location. A blank space in which you can assign a value to, or a place holder, if you will. Many tasks require pulling information from databases, websites, FTP servers, and other locations. You can then use a variable to temporarily store that information until you decide what to do with it.
Other times there are things like dates, usernames, etc. that get used quite often in a task. Instead of having to hard code that information every time you wish to use it in a step, just assign that value to a variable.
Working with variables can ease the amount of work required for a task, but when using variables it is important to stay organized. Here are some good tips to consider when using variables:
Since information is always changing, these simple steps keep your task more dynamic and adaptable.
For more information on variables, watch this video tutorial.
Applies to: Automate 10
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