An Introduction to KosmicTask
KosmicTask is a secure Integrated Scripting Environment for OS X that enables users to create, edit, execute and share script based tasks using a wide range of scripting languages. KosmicTask provides the following basic functionality:
For an in depth discussion of these features see the help book.
Typical Usage Scenarios
KosmicTask can be used in a wide range of different situations and has features that appeal to various classes of users.
Home. Use KosmicTask on a single Mac or home network to carry out repetitive administration and automation tasks. Non technical users can easily utilise existing tasks. More technical users will find that there is a wealth of scripts available on the Internet that they can easily adapt to their purpose.
Business. KosmicTask is an effective tool for sharing business automation tasks with end users. Document processing, file processing and automation based services can all be configured from within the application and shared out to clients on the network.
Education. KosmicTask provides a great way of introducing students to a wide range of scripting languages. The application comes with a range of both native OS X and embedded scripting languages. Students can develop and test scripts on their own machine whilst educators can review and appraise their tasks via the network.
System Administration. Systems and network administrators will find that the application is a convenient and secure method of providing user scripts and performing script based network maintenance.
Software Development. Developers can use KosmicTask to quickly prototype code ideas. It is also useful for building and organising a library of executable code samples and snippets.
Science and Technology. The distributed task model means that the application is ideally suited to data acquisition and processing projects. Tasks can be configured to collect and process data on the remote target before returning the results for further analysis and persistence.
In-application help is also available from the Help menu as are the Release Notes. Also note that specific documentation for each of the supported scripting languages is available in the application Resource Browser.
To access this information open the Resource Browser window and expand the required scripting language Application entry. The displayed Documents entry will contain one or more documents detailing KosmicTask's support for that language. A list of useful links is also provided.