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Learn AppleScript

The Comprehensive Guide to Scripting and Automation on MAC OS X

Learn AppleScript
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AppleScript is an English-like, easy-to-understand scripting language built into every Mac. AppleScript can automate hundreds of AppleScriptable applications, performing tasks both large and small, complex and simple. Learn AppleScript: The Comprehensive Guide to Scripting and Automation on Mac OS X, Third Edition has been completely updated for Mac OS X Snow Leopard. It's all here, with an emphasis on practical information that will help you solve any automation problem-from the most mundane repetitive tasks to highly integrated workflows of complex systems. * Friendly enough for beginners, detailed enough for advanced AppleScripters* Includes major contributions from expert AppleScripters: Emmanuel Levy, Harald Monihart, Ian Piper, Shane Stanley, Barry Wainwright, Craig Williams, and foreword by AppleScript inventor, William CookWhat you'll learn* See how AppleScript represents information as objects-including numbers, strings, lists, and records.* Learn how to manipulate these objects using commands and operators, and how to store them in variables.* Organize your code using handlers and script objects.*Understand how applications describe their objects and commands in dictionaries and how to interpret that information when learning to script applications.* Manipulate the Mac OS X file system.* Automate iTunes, Mail, iCal, and other popular lifestyle applications in Mac OS X.* Discover sophisticated text processing techniques using regular expressions.* Script professional productivity applications-Apple iWork, Microsoft Office, FileMaker Pro, and Adobe InDesign.* Harness the power of the Unix command line in Mac OS X.* Create your own Cocoa applications with the new AppleScriptObjC bridge.Who is this book for? First-time scripters who want to automate tasks on their Macs; existing AppleScripters looking to develop proficient, professional, or guru-level knowledge and skills; professional Mac OS X developers wishing to understand this powerful and pervasive technology.
Springer; January 2009
1084 pages; ISBN 9781430223627
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