Automation Is a Panacea

Panacea noun a solution or remedy for all difficulties or diseases. Obviously there are no panaceas, let’s downgrade it to “something that is good to do in almost all circumstances”. According to the first citation in Wikipedia: “Automation is the technology by which a process or procedure is performed with minimal human assistance”. For our sofware engineering purposes, we’d think of automation as a “script” or program that runs a series of steps that were performed manually before — see “infrastructure as code” for example.

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