Are you exploring automation of your repetitive business tasks with Python? How are you going to share your helpful tools with co-workers? This week on the show, Sampo Ahokas from Robocorp is here to discuss robotic process automation (RPA) and distribution of these robots.

Sampo is a co-founder and VP of engineering at Robocorp. We talk about using Robot Framework, an open-source RPA tool, to develop bots that implement your existing Python skills. Sampo shares example projects and additional resources for new users.

We discuss the typical difficulties of sharing automation tools with a team and trying to avoid the dreaded “works on my machine” problem. Sampo describes how their group worked to develop a Conda-based tool for creating shareable packages and environments.

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  • 00:00:00 – Introduction
  • 00:02:25 – What is robotic process automation (RPA)?
  • 00:03:55 – What do you mean by automation?
  • 00:05:56 – Additional examples of RPA
  • 00:07:41 – What is the RPA platform?
  • 00:10:06 – What is the Robot Framework?
  • 00:12:42 – Robocorp portal
  • 00:14:09 – Python integration
  • 00:17:06 – Sponsor: REVSYS
  • 00:17:56 – Distribution with RCC
  • 00:20:24 – Why does the system use conda under the hood?
  • 00:24:12 – What hurdles did you face creating RCC?
  • 00:27:51 – Steps for the end user
  • 00:30:52 – Making the project open source
  • 00:35:20 – Video Course Spotlight
  • 00:36:42 – Tips for someone starting with automation
  • 00:42:17 – Integration with VSCode
  • 00:44:18 – Intelligent document processing (IDP)
  • 00:45:36 – What are you excited about in the world of Python?
  • 00:47:46 – What do you want to learn next?
  • 00:48:13 – How can people follow the project online?
  • 00:48:46 – Thanks and goodbye

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