Jump to content

Ideas on how to time actions in applications


Recommended Posts

I am trying to time actions in different applications using AutoIT and I am looking for ideas on how to do that. For Excel and PowerPoint I was able to use the UDF for each and that made autoit pause for the functions to complete so doing the timing was easy. I am now trying to do the same for Power BI and there is no UDF so if I send hotkeys to do something in Power BI, the code does not pause and wait for that action to finish before it moves on. So my timings come back in a few milliseconds instead of when the action actually completes. For reference, the types of actions I am trying to time in Power BI are: Loading a workbook, filtering a report (timing when the report visual are completely refreshed after filtering), Publishing a workbook/report to Power BI online, saving a report to a PDF, etc.

I have looked into waiting for certain processes in windows to try and find one that occurs when the task is complete. There might be something there but I haven't been able to find a way to see the process info I need. I used Process Monitor to see the processes and threads and it has a Operation column that show what action the process is doing. That might work but I haven't been able to find a way in autoit to actually see the Operation info for a process.

Does anyone have other ideas on how I might be able to determine when an action has completed? 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Split your problems in small parts 

Show example/repro script.

Because as so far I think nobody know what you want to achive.

 

Signature beginning:
Please remember: "AutoIt"..... *  Wondering who uses AutoIt and what it can be used for ? * Forum Rules *
ADO.au3 UDF * POP3.au3 UDF * XML.au3 UDF * IE on Windows 11 * How to ask ChatGPT for AutoIt Codefor other useful stuff click the following button:

Spoiler

Any of my own code posted anywhere on the forum is available for use by others without any restriction of any kind. 

My contribution (my own projects): * Debenu Quick PDF Library - UDF * Debenu PDF Viewer SDK - UDF * Acrobat Reader - ActiveX Viewer * UDF for PDFCreator v1.x.x * XZip - UDF * AppCompatFlags UDF * CrowdinAPI UDF * _WinMergeCompare2Files() * _JavaExceptionAdd() * _IsBeta() * Writing DPI Awareness App - workaround * _AutoIt_RequiredVersion() * Chilkatsoft.au3 UDF * TeamViewer.au3 UDF * JavaManagement UDF * VIES over SOAP * WinSCP UDF * GHAPI UDF - modest begining - comunication with GitHub REST APIErrorLog.au3 UDF - A logging Library * Include Dependency Tree (Tool for analyzing script relations) * Show_Macro_Values.au3 *

 

My contribution to others projects or UDF based on  others projects: * _sql.au3 UDF  * POP3.au3 UDF *  RTF Printer - UDF * XML.au3 UDF * ADO.au3 UDF SMTP Mailer UDF * Dual Monitor resolution detection * * 2GUI on Dual Monitor System * _SciLexer.au3 UDF * SciTE - Lexer for console pane

Useful links: * Forum Rules * Forum etiquette *  Forum Information and FAQs * How to post code on the forum * AutoIt Online Documentation * AutoIt Online Beta Documentation * SciTE4AutoIt3 getting started * Convert text blocks to AutoIt code * Games made in Autoit * Programming related sites * Polish AutoIt Tutorial * DllCall Code Generator * 

Wiki: Expand your knowledge - AutoIt Wiki * Collection of User Defined Functions * How to use HelpFile * Good coding practices in AutoIt * 

OpenOffice/LibreOffice/XLS Related: WriterDemo.au3 * XLS/MDB from scratch with ADOX

IE Related:  * How to use IE.au3  UDF with  AutoIt v3.3.14.x * Why isn't Autoit able to click a Javascript Dialog? * Clicking javascript button with no ID * IE document >> save as MHT file * IETab Switcher (by LarsJ ) * HTML Entities * _IEquerySelectorAll() (by uncommon) * IE in TaskSchedulerIE Embedded Control Versioning (use IE9+ and HTML5 in a GUI) * PDF Related:How to get reference to PDF object embeded in IE * IE on Windows 11

I encourage you to read: * Global Vars * Best Coding Practices * Please explain code used in Help file for several File functions * OOP-like approach in AutoIt * UDF-Spec Questions *  EXAMPLE: How To Catch ConsoleWrite() output to a file or to CMD *

I also encourage you to check awesome @trancexx code:  * Create COM objects from modules without any demand on user to register anything. * Another COM object registering stuffOnHungApp handlerAvoid "AutoIt Error" message box in unknown errors  * HTML editor

winhttp.au3 related : * https://www.autoitscript.com/forum/topic/206771-winhttpau3-download-problem-youre-speaking-plain-http-to-an-ssl-enabled-server-port/

"Homo sum; humani nil a me alienum puto" - Publius Terentius Afer
"Program are meant to be read by humans and only incidentally for computers and execute" - Donald Knuth, "The Art of Computer Programming"
:naughty:  :ranting:, be  :) and       \\//_.

Anticipating Errors :  "Any program that accepts data from a user must include code to validate that data before sending it to the data store. You cannot rely on the data store, ...., or even your programming language to notify you of problems. You must check every byte entered by your users, making sure that data is the correct type for its field and that required fields are not empty."

Signature last update: 2023-04-24

Link to comment
Share on other sites

@mLipok Thanks for responding. I can show you what I did for excel and that is what I want to do with Power BI Desktop as well. My issue is that I used the Excel UDF and when I performed a function, autoit would pause and wait for that function to finish before executing the next line of code. There is no UDF for Power BI and apparently no COM stuff I can plug in to either so I used the send command to send hotkeys to Power BI Desktop but the issue is that the autoit doesn't know to pause and wait for tasks to complete before moving on to next line of code. This is important because I am trying to time the tasks that are being performed. So adding Sleep functions to make autoit wait doesn't work for me.
I used Process Monitor to see what processes and threads are happening when I perform tasks in Power BI Desktop and there might be something there I could use to mark the end of the task but I have not been able to figure out how to get the process based autoit functions to show me the same level of detail that Process Monitor does. Process Monitor shows the Operation for a thread (like Thread Create or Thread Exit) that I think I could use, but I haven't been able to find that info with the autoit process functions.
I looked into APIs and DLL functions but I wasn't able to figure those out.
The Power BI - CLI was recommended to me but it works with the Power BI Online service and not the Power BI Desktop app (which is what I am using). So it can't help me. 
Here is some of me Excel code so you can see what I did with it (I can post the entire script if that is more helpful but I figured showing just the part I am having trouble duplicating in Power BI Desktop would make it easier):

 

; start time for first macro.
         Local $hTimer = TimerInit()
         GetTime()
         $T1[$TR][0] = $GTime

         ; Run first macro
         GUICtrlSetData($Label_4t, "Run CreateCalculations Macro")
         $oExcel.Run("CreateCalculations")

         ; end time for first macro.
         Global $iTime = Round(TimerDiff($hTimer)/10,0); Find the difference in time from the previous call of TimerInit.
         $T4[$TR] = $iTime
         ConvertTime2()
         $T3[$TR][0] = $CTime
         GetTime()
         $T2[$TR][0] = $GTime
         $Task += 1
                  
         
Func GetTime()
   Local $Hr = Int(Number(@HOUR))
   Local $Min = Int(Number(@MIN))
   Local $Sec = Int(Number(@SEC))
   Local $MSc = Round(Int(Number(@MSEC)/10),0)
   $GTime = StringFormat("%02i",$Hr) & ":" & StringFormat("%02i",$Min) & ":" & StringFormat("%02i",$Sec) & ":" & StringFormat("%02i",$MSc)
EndFunc

Func ConvertTime()
   $hour = Floor($iTime / 3600000)
   $remanH = Mod($iTime, 3600000)
   $min = Floor($remanH / 60000)
   $remanM = Mod($remanH, 60000)
   $sec = Floor($remanM / 1000)
   $remanS = Mod($remanM, 1000)
   $msec = Round($remanS/100, 0)
   $CTime = StringFormat("%02i",$hour) & ":" & StringFormat("%02i",$min) & ":" & StringFormat("%02i",$sec) & ":" & StringFormat("%02i",$msec)
EndFunc

 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    • No registered users viewing this page.
×
×
  • Create New...