Tiny tips: Automate your environment

This is one (and the first) of the “Tiny tips” series.
The purpose is to share little pieces of helpful practices and tricks that will make your work better and more pleasant.

You know the feeling when your machine needs to be restarted and then you have lo run all your programs again.
Or when you come back from a holiday. Or some updates that needs to happen. Or something else which needs reset of the current state of your environment.

You can actually do something about that annoying process and automatically run everything you need.

First, create a batch file (.bat for Windows or shell script (.sh) for MAC OX and Linux) on some easily accessible place.

Then include in the script all of the programs you want to run at once, like so:

@echo off

	:: Open a particular solution 
	start C:\Projects\Other\Playground\Playground.sln
	
	:: Open other programs like Outlook, Notepad, etc.
	start outlook
	start notepad++
	
	:: SQL Server Management Studio
	start ssms
	
	:: Open Chrome and browse some useful pages
	start "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" https://stackoverflow.com/
	start "C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe" https://paircoders.com/
	
	:: You can even update your local Git repo with the latest changes
	cd C:\Projects\GIT\KOCreate && git.exe pull
	
@echo on

Finally run the batch and let it do the job.

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