[hcs-d] Automation Help

Greg Price gprice at post.harvard.edu
Fri Apr 24 16:49:47 EDT 2009

Chickenfoot (http://groups.csail.mit.edu/uid/chickenfoot/) is for
automating stuff on the web, aims to be accessible to people who
haven't programmed, and seems to be good.  I've done some things like
this with the LWP::UserAgent library in Perl.

If you want to use Python, httplib in the standard library will
probably help, but may be at a bit of a lower level so that you have
to handle more details yourself.  Someone else may know a better

For myself I'd probably start by trying Chickenfoot.

Good luck!

On Fri, Apr 24, 2009 at 15:39, Jon Staff <staff at fas.harvard.edu> wrote:
> The photos are too big to send over the list, but you can get the idea from
> the steps below.   Let me know if you can help me out and I can send you the
> screenshots personally.
> Thanks again.
> Jon
> Begin forwarded message:
> From: Jon Staff <staff at fas.harvard.edu>
> Date: April 24, 2009 2:32PM EDT
> To: hcs-discuss at lists.hcs.harvard.edu
> Subject: Automation Help
> Hi team,
> I talked to a few of you at the SOCH the other day.   I have 700 invoices I
> need to print from a web-based application that is not super friendly.
> There are essentially three manual clicks I need to make to print every
> invoice.  I  have attached screenshots of this process:
> 1) PICTURE 1 -- This is part of the list of orders (they can all be
> displayed on one page).  Clicking the Order ID # on the left gets you to the
> next step in retrieving the invoice...
> 2) PICTURE 2 -- This is a summary of the order but not the final, formatted
> invoice.  To get that you click "Print Invoice"
> 3) PICTURE 3 -- From there, the invoice pops up along with the print dialog.
> Can anybody help me automate this process so I am not clicking 2100 times?
> Any tips / help is appreciated.  I have some basic Excel / Python skills,
> but not real programming experience.
> Thank for anything you can give,
> Jon
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