A simple macro is series of steps that
could otherwise be typed, selected, or configured, but are stored in
a single location so they can automated. For example, you could use a
Word macro to close typed letters. When you hit
Alt-N, the macro could add two linefeeds, type in
“Sincerely,” another linefeed, inserts your scanned
signature and a linefeed, and then your typed name. An
Alt-N macro could save a lot of time and effort.
Some software programs are nothing but hundreds of macros built around a vendor’s application. The macros take an otherwise general product, and customize it for a particular use. My first business accounting software package was nothing more than dozens of Lotus 1-2-3 macros controlling a large spreadsheet.
Many programs, such as Word, allow you to record a series of
keystrokes and menu selections and then save them to a file. Although
nifty, creating a macro one keystroke at a time doesn’t make
for fast or sophisticated application development.
are used to allow more sophisticated macro development and
environment control. Screens can be manipulated, users can be
prompted for input, and nested
add functionality. Macro languages allow a developer to manipulate
and create files, change menu settings, import and export data, and
A macro language is a programming language, but it has its drawbacks. First, and most obvious, it cannot run without the underlying application. This leads into ...