RPA (Robotic Process Automation) is the way to perform end to end business process automation by mimicking many–if not all–human user actions. As most of the RPA tools are based on .NET technology which further relies on the programming language C# (pronounced as C Sharp) but from top-level, these two terms also have some differences, which we explain below:
RPA which is tool based automation process can deliver improved and automated business process so that the organizations are more efficient and have a scope for capacity increase in their teams. RPA gives teams the room to think and work on other critical tasks rather than repeatable and predictable work. But C# is a programming language itself which is used to build the front end or back end or both ends of the applications. C# is used extensively in building the tools itself so that that tool like RPA tool can do the integration of different applications.
While RPA can be subjected to use a particular platform or operating system but C# is mostly compatible with all platforms and hence this programming language is used on most operating systems. C# can run on Linux/Windows servers but there is hardly any RPA tool as of now which can run on all platforms. We at ByteScout provides an RPA solution which is very easy to implement and looks very complete as far as configurability and supported symbologies are concerned.
In order to provide customized functionality or enhance the feathers of the existing RPA automation flow, one can use the C# programming language to providing more power and flexibility to existing RPA setup. For example, in order to achieve specific automation, the process needs to do some prior checks or calculation and to do that there is no such existing activity or process in RPA tool. So what next? We can use C# to write custom code to add that required functionality in our automation.
One can easily switch the career from C# related profile to RPA profile but if the person only has the knowledge for drag & drop functionalities of RPA tool, then in order to become C# developer, one needs to work harder to learn the nuances of the programming language. While most tools related to RPA uses sophisticated drag and drop functionality or simpler interface to work, integrate and automate the stuff while working on C# requires the person to be proficient in writing the proficient codes of C# programming language and hence more requirements of technical skills as compared to RPA.
Want to become an RPA developer? Or willing to be a hardcore C# developer? Anyone can choose either of their careers without learning the other. Also, for businesses, the scope of implementation of RPA or C# is very different and every technology has its pros and cons. So if you are going for automating your business process, your best bet would be to embrace the RPA using the tools like ByteScout. If your business or organization want to focus more on web development, cloud computing or windows apps development, C# is a natural choice.
C# is an open-source language and we can download the IDE from its official Microsoft website and the Microsoft charges for Enterprise edition while the cost of robotics process automation for the business processes can depend on various factors including the nature of the problem that needs automation, the RPA tool used for automation and the RPA vendor. ByteScout RPA offerings are very effective with the reasonable cost.