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By macosxnerd101
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Submitted: Jul 09 2013 / 02:15

I recently took on a project that would automate a process. A user had to select data from many fields such as Company, Query to run, Begin date, End date, etc. using an existing application. This process was not as tedious as the process of waiting for the report to be generated. The report would often take several hours to complete. As the application, which I will call Report App, only runs for one company at a time. Each report takes hours to complete. Afterwards the user must set up the next company then wait for the report to complete. With a list of companies over 30 names deep, one can see where there could be an efficiency loss generated when the user has other tasks to complete and no way of knowing when each report has completed other than manually checking on it. Retooling the original code was out of the question. Creating a new app to run the reports with automation built in was out of the question as this was just a helpful thing that I wanted to do without becoming a full blown project. I reviewed the “interwebs” and found a neat little framework called TestStack.White.
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