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Alex Reichert
Alex Reichert

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Making cron jobs fun again: a tool for simple recurring tasks

Recently, a buddy and I built a little tool that makes it super easy to deploy and monitor simple recurring jobs in NodeJS.


Why is this useful?

As developers, every now and then we come up with cool ideas of things to automate. I remember a few years back when I first started learning how to code and was looking for an apartment in San Francisco, I felt like the world’s cleverest hacker when I set up a script to email every new listing on CraigsList in the neighborhoods I was interested in living in. (This had some disastrous consequences, but that’s a story for another time.)

My only problem at the time was that I would have to manually run this script myself every day.

Now, as a more experienced developer, I know enough to know that one approach to this problem is to set up a cron job, or something similar. Recently I found myself wanting to do this again… but every time I want to do it, it takes some effort to remind myself how it all works. At first I thought, maybe I’m just an idiot. But after talking to a few friends, we realized that a bunch of us have the exact same issue.

So we figured, why not build a little tool that makes this process extremely simple? This is what led to the creation of Taro:


We'd love to hear the community's thoughts on integrations that would be particularly useful (e.g. alerting with SMS, lightweight storage, etc) as we continue to hack on this!

(P.S. If you're looking for examples of scripts to run with something like this, I put together a little list of examples here!)

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Pankaj Patel

This is pretty cool. Thanks for. building something for easy Cron