Are you a business professional who uses the Internet to perform research, use web-based business software, manage your customers, prepare reports or analyze data?
- Add functionality to your spreadsheets
- Customize your web-based business software
- Automate your Windows applications
- Enhance your desktop
- Tailor your browsing experience
- Build database reports
- Visualize your data
Marc Andreessen wrote a recent article in the Wall Street Journal entitled Why Software Is Eating the World. While he focuses on software companies, software inside companies, particularly simple scripts, is having the same dramatic impact.
But isn’t programming hard?
More importantly, you don’t have to become an expert. Start learning just enough so you can customize other people’s scripts. The benefits? Read on.
1. Add functionality to your spreadsheets
Even if you mostly use Microsoft Office, Google Spreadsheet’s ability to import and manipulate data from web services gives you powerful tools to analyze public and private data. See my post on open APIs for examples.
2. Customize your web-based business software
3. Automate your Windows applications
4. Enhance your desktop
5. Tailor your browsing experience
For instance, I hate that top frame that LinkedIn adds when I read news articles linked from their site. No problem. The “LinkedIn news – top frame remover” script removes this for me.
If you use Internet Explorer, try the Trixie or IE7Pro add-ons to install user scripts. If on a Mac and using Safari, you can install SIMBL and GreaseKit, a SIMBL plugin, to get the same functionality.
6. Build database reports
7. Visualize your data
Finally, practice. Find scripts that you find useful and read their code. Start editing scripts, moving on to combining scripts together. In no time you’ll be writing scripts from scratch.
Did you go through the Codecademy tutorial? What did you think? What scripts have you written that have improved your work?