Python Automation

New features: Tasks information, types of bots beyond Python RPA, Microsoft Teams integration, and more.

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We have fantastic news to share with you about our Python RPA tools. Follow this article.

[0] Tasks information

You can now track the task in a new view format, highlighting the execution time and the time in the queue.

To enter the information screen, click the icon with three dots in the upper right corner of the task card available on the task queue screen. You will get the “information” option when you click on this icon. Click on this option.

BotCity Maestro screen showing the task queue. Featured, one of the tasks has a small window on top with the "information" option to click.

When you enter the task information screen, you can identify five cards. The third refers to the time in the queue and the fourth refers to the execution time.

BotCity Maestro screen showing information related to a task. In this screen's center are five small rectangles, each showing a piece of information. The ones highlighted are the third and fourth, respectively representing the time in queue and the task execution time.

Explaining further:

  • time in queue: means the time the task was in the queue waiting to be executed, from when it was created until the moment it started executing;
  • execution time: means the time the task took to execute.

[1] Minimum execution date

Did you know that you can determine a minimum date for the execution of your automation tasks? Follow the step by step.

When creating a new automation-related task, you can choose a minimum date for your bot to run. On the new task screen, identify the “minimum run date” field and select the desired date and time.

BotCity Maestro screen where you can create a new task from an automation. In the example, the highlighted field is called "Minimum run date".

Creating an example, considering the current date 11/04/2023, let’s set the minimum date to 04/12/2023, 00:00.

BotCity Maestro screen where you can create a new task from an automation. In the example, the highlighted field is called "Minimum run date". In this field is the information quoted in the text "12/04/2023, 00h00".

In the queue, the task we have just created is in an “In Queue” status until the correct date and time for its execution.

BotCity Maestro screen, showing the task queue with a filter, so that it shows only the task that was being tested to demonstrate the feature. Highlighted in the legend is a square around the word "In Queue" and the color blue to show the task status with the color blue and In Queue.

[2] Integration with Microsoft Teams

In addition to other integrations with other communication tools, it is now possible to integrate with Microsoft Teams. Understand step by step how to configure it correctly.

Create a team or go to a team where you want the alerts sent. In the upper right corner, identify the icon with three dots. Click on it, and then click on “Connectors”.

Screenshot of the drop-down menu by clicking on the three dots in the upper left corner. There are a few options, and the second to last one that is highlighted is the Connectors option.

In the search field of the new screen, type “Incoming Webhook”. The result will show the option as in the screenshot below. After identifying the correct option, click on the “configure” button.

Screen showing the result when searching for "incoming webhook" and, highlighted, the "configure" button, which should be clicked as instructed in the tutorial.

You must fill in the required information with the new screen that has opened. And be sure to copy the generated URL. The URL maps the channel and you can use it to send information to Teams.

Screenshot of the webhook configuration screen. Highlighted for the required fields would be the name field for the connector. At the bottom of the image is the mentioned URL that should be copied.

After that, you should go to the BotCity Maestro. On the left side menu, identify the “Administration” category and, within it, the “Integrations” option.

Print of the Integrations screen inside BotCity Maestro. With three fields in a row, the last one being the required field with the name "Microsoft Teams url".

There will be a “Microsoft Teams url” option. You will have to paste the URL generated in the team into this field. After that, you can set up the alerts as usual. And they will also be directed to the team you have selected.

Screenshot of the team in Microsoft Teams showing the alerts arriving in chat.

[3] Interrupt or terminate the running task

In addition, to interrupt a task, you can also terminate its execution when necessary.

First, let’s understand the difference between interrupting and terminating a task:

  • interrupt: if you have a handle in your automation code for when you receive requests of this type, the task will handle it when it is interrupted;
  • terminate: in this case, the runner will finish the task, forcing the execution to terminate, regardless of the stage the task is at.

To do this via BotCity Maestro’s graphical interface, you can go to the task you want to interrupt or terminate, identify the icon with three dots in the upper right corner, click on it, and choose the option that makes the most sense for your need.

[4] Execution of other types of bots

You already knew you could run automation built in Python, Java, and JavaScript. But now you can run and orchestrate any robot, for example, bash or bat files, among many others.

You can do the “easy deploy” as usual by accessing this option from the left side menu in BotCity Maestro. Then add the bot file. And, in the “What is the bot technology?” field, select the “Command” option. And in the “What is the command to run?” field, write the script for running the type of robot you are making available.

Please pay attention to the command to execute, whether one or more parameters are needed, and how to receive them so that you consider them when filling out this field. After creation, you can add tasks to run with this new robot, as usual.

Soon we will have more news

We hope you have enjoyed these new features. And soon we will bring you more content.

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Ela/dela. Está na BotCity atuando como Tech Writer e Developer Relations, além de ser criadora de conteúdo sobre tecnologia e participante ativa de diversas comunidades.

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