Making Programming Easier with Keyboard Macros — Video

A recent video from Linus Tech Tips introduced how one of their editors uses macros for video editing. This got me thinking; can macros be easily created to improve my programming?

This video demonstrates how creating code macros can be achieved and how useful it can be:




Source: Linus Tech Tips — Can your Keyboard do THIS?? — Make ANY key a MACRO!

As mentioned, the idea came following watching the Linus Tech Tips video. Now he perhaps took this a little far with 3 keyboards dedicated to just macros (as shown in the image above). However, I already happened to be using one that had some macro keys so why not utilise it.

The keyboard I have it the Logitech G910 and it has 9 macro keys with 3 profiles for a total of 27 possible combinations.

How it Works

Fortunately, the Logitech software makes this pretty easy but it should be simple to replicate with other devices. I simply assigned each macro to create a text block that pasted some pre-defined code.

I assigned 5 keys with 2 profiles for a total of 10 macros. These are shown in the image below and demonstrated fully in the video.

Each macro pastes the pre-defined code making it quick and easy to perform some tasks such as:

  • Importing packages/dependences
  • Import/export data
  • Create plots with set formatting
  • Create for loops
  • Define functions
  • Create LaTeX equations for markdown cells

These were just the main use cases I have found for this but am sure each person will have their own ideas based on their requirements.

I hope you found this useful for your own data science tasks


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