Wrapping up and next steps

The present

Congratulations! You made it! You created a real software robot to automate a mundane task. Looking at the final robot, it is pretty impressive what you can achieve with a relatively small amount of "code". And it is even quite readable. Looking at the task and the steps, you get a pretty good picture of what the robot does. Wow! 🎉

*** Tasks ***
Insert the sales data for the week and export it as a PDF
    Open The Intranet Website
    Log In
    Download The Excel File
    Fill The Form Using The Data From The Excel File
    Collect The Results
    Export The Table As A PDF
    [Teardown]    Log Out And Close The Browser

The best thing is that it all runs automatically in the cloud now. Maria will get an email if something goes wrong, but otherwise, she is now free to use her time to do something less brain-killing than copying and pasting all that sales data every week! 🥳

The past

Upon starting your journey, you might not have known much about software robots. During your journey, you learned many new concepts. You ran and reran your robot, getting the feel of iterative development. You took small steps towards the ultimate goal. Amazing! We did cut some corners, though.

The future

My precioussss! 💍

Remember Maria's credentials? Those should be taken away from your robot script and placed in a secure place called vault. The vault resides somewhere safe (no pun intended!). Never paste secret stuff in your robot scripts! Read more about how to use a vault for secrets and see the web store order robot for an example of using the vault.

Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life.

You are on your way to becoming a great software robot developer. There is a ton of things to discover, but you are more than capable of learning the ropes. You can start by trying out the many examples on this site. They'll teach you some new tricks, and also use some of the things you have already learned when building your first robot.

Also, check out the Software Robot Delivery Process Course, where we will look at the whole process of delivering a robot from initial analysis to production!

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish! 🐬