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Hello all, I write programming books for kids and complete beginners. They're available under a Creative Commons license and you can read them online at

For my next book, I wanted to teach programming to office workers, students, administrators, and other people who aren't software developers but use a computer every day. If they just had some programming knowledge, they would be able to automate repetitive boring tasks.

This seemed like a good place to ask for ideas as to what kinds of things they would automate a computer to do (web scraping, renaming/deleting/moving files, keyboard & mouse macros, simple text processing, etc.) I have a list of a few ideas here:

But can anyone make additional suggestions?

This book will also be freely available under a Creative Commons license, and I'm hoping to have it done by summer.

Hi, I'm Al. I like to write useful software and give it away for free. I've written a book called "Invent Your Own Computer Games with Python" which is in print on Amazon (get the 2nd edition, not the other one) and available in full online at

I'm from Texas, currently living in San Francisco, and like to haunt coffeeshops and work from my laptop. I have a day job as a software developer (currently mostly Python and JavaScript), but always have a million side projects going on. My blog is at

Glad to join the forum!

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