A New Udemy Course “Intermediate Autohotkey—Getting Past the Basics” from Joe Glines—Autohotkey Automation Guru
Not everyone learns in the same manner. Some of the best programmers I know taught themselves from scratch. They looked up the commands and figured out the rest themselves. They learn more advanced techniques by reviewing code written by other aficionados. While they do seek help for advanced topics, they don’t usually need beginning books or introductory courses. But, most people don’t fit into that category.
If you own a programming background, then you’ll find AutoHotkey easy to pick up. If you’re new to writing scripts then sometimes you may just need a little boost to get started. That’s why introductory online courses and beginning AutoHotkey books exist. But someone has to put them together.
Joe Glines has announced a new online AutoHotkey course “Intermediate Autohotkey—Getting Past the Basics” to complement his other two courses beginning level “Intro to AutoHotkey/Windows Desktop Automation (RPA)” and “Text Expansion on a Windows PC with AutoHotkey (HotStrings)” with Jackie Sztuk. “Intermediate Autohotkey” moves beyond the introductory stage and teaches novices or experienced programmers:
- Default Settings for your AutoHotkey scripts
- Various Types of the Send command
- Using the SetTimer command to get-around single-threaded issues in AutoHotkey
- INI File Reading and Writing
- Windows Registry Reading and Writing
- Controls in Windows
- Controlling programs via their Menus
- Simple and Associative Arrays
- Associative Arrays/Dictionaries/Maps
Why an Online Course?
You may ask, “Jack, why promote outside online courses when you have written so many AutoHotkey books yourself?”
AutoHotkey represents such a vast realm of possibilities that no single person (or medium) can cover it all. In fact, after a close look at Joe’s AutoHotkey courses, I see very little overlap with my books. We each approach AutoHotkey from a different direction. If anything, you’ll find Joe’s courses more organized and straightforward than my books.
Joe does a fantastic job of explaining the tools in AutoHotkey and how to use them. He helps you built your AutoHotkey toolkit. He gives a comprehensive look at the scope of the AutoHotkey language in an organized fashion. In fact, even if you’re an experienced programmer, but don’t yet know AutoHotkey, the introductory and intermediate courses can give you that quick overview you want before making a decision on the scripting language.
On the other hand, I write my books pretty much as I encountered different aspects of AutoHotkey while teaching myself how to use it—without a deliberate goal to cover all the tools. (Although, after all these years of writing about AutoHotkey, I don’t think I’ve overlooked very many of the primary AutoHotkey commands and functions.) I always concentrate on including practical script examples (most of which appear on my scripts page), then explain how the individual parts of the subroutines work. (I approach my blog in the same manner.)
If someone wants to get a quick understanding of what’s in AutoHotkey and how to use it, then Joe’s courses do that. If someone is looking for a particular solution to a certain problem, then (after searching my blog or the free download AutoHotkey Tricks You Ought To Do With Windows—which includes the table of contents and indexes from all my books) they may find a parallel practical example in one of my books. Joe helps them build a more complete AutoHotkey toolbox while I show them different ways to use those tools—often in combination with other tools—to get specific desired results.
Plus, while I almost entirely stick to the beginning and intermediate topics, many of Joe’s free Webinars go into more advanced and powerful topics. Fortunately, you find so many possibilities in AutoHotkey that neither Joe nor I can even scratch the surface. But since we both scratch at different surfaces, our work tends to complement each other.
An online course can act as a fantastic quick start for AutoHotkey. You don’t need to know programming to understand Joe’s courses—although newbies should start with “Intro to AutoHotkey.”
Be sure to access the courses via Joe’s The-Automator page to get a huge discount.
Full Disclosure: Neither Joe Glines nor myself receive any commissions or referral fees for mentioning our interrelated AutoHotkey offerings. Ours is a cooperative relationship based upon the mutual goal of creating more maniacal AutoHotkey users. If we happen to earn a little extra income from our respective courses and books, we consider it serendipitous and a motivating factor in continuing our efforts.
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