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About the Author

Hamish Sanderson is a ten-year veteran of AppleScript and professional automation developer living and working in the U.K. Over the years, he has contributed a range of useful libraries and utilities to the AppleScript community and pops up with some regularity on the various AppleScript mailing lists. He is also the author of the highly regarded Appscript library, which brings AppleScript-style application scripting support to the Python, Ruby, and Objective-C languages on Mac OS X.

The founder of Custom Flow Solutions, Hanaan Rosenthal developed his first drawing program and published a programming newsletter at the age of 11. He became a digital media and prepress consultant in 1991, specializing in Mac publishing. In 1996, he took on his first full-blown AppleScript automation project and never looked back. Since then he has helped reshape the workflow of numerous publishing companies and departments creating systems that save their owners millions of dollars and thousands of man-hours annually. His clients include Fidelity Investments, Wellington Management, The Boston Globe, and Showtime Networks.
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Product Details

  • Series: Learn (Apress)
  • Paperback: 1104 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 3rd ed. 2009 edition (May 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430223618
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430223610
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 2.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Bakari Chavanu VINE VOICE on September 7, 2010
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On only about the 5th chapter, and I just thought I'd report that so far this book has only had one complete exercise in I think chapter 3.

Most of the book seems descriptive. He explains all aspects of AppleScript, but you read for pages and pages and he never really seems to connect what he's describing to creating actual practical scripts. He could have put exercises at the end of chapters so that readers could merge theory with practice. It's clear the author knows his subject, but I think the First Head writers would do a better job at making a book like this one of practical use. I really find it annoying when authors explain complex definitions and then sum by saying, "now that you understand so and so." It's like why do you think that just because you have explained something, your readers are supposed to understand it? That's not how learning works. Learning comes through practice, and trail and error. When for example he defines and talks about class and properties, he should have readers do an exercise that helps them understand what he just spent five pages talking about.

Anyway, I'm going to keep reading; if it gets any better, I'll come back and update my review.

If you don't have an prior experience with AppleScript and you're ready to jump into actually doing so, this book is not the best one to begin with. If you do have experience, this might make good reference book.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By jshenk on November 11, 2012
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This is a massive volume, with the information to take the reader from beginning with AppleScript through advanced scripting. The information is up to date and seems to be accurate.

Unfortunately, the publisher did the reader and the author few favors with the way they prepared the book. I suppose in a book this large, a few typos and uncorrected homonyms might be expected to slip through, but my biggest problem is with the typography. It is common practice to use a monospaced font to distinguish code in the body of the text, and they do that here (it would have been nice if they had included an explanation of the conventions they are using). Unfortunately, they chose a sans serif font for the body text which is barely distinguishable from the monospaced font, which makes the whole thing much harder to read than it ought to be.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By M. Steiner on June 23, 2010
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Wow! Leonard Rosenthal and Hamish Sanderson have written what has to be the definitive book on AppleScript. I almost do not where to begin with this review; The book covers literally everything about AppleScript in an easy to understand manner, with a plethora of examples. It does not get bogged down in theory, although it covers theory more than adequately.

I've been writing applescripts since the language first came out, and if I could have only one reference and tutorial for the language, this would be it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rich on October 19, 2011
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Without any doubt, this is the most up-to-date and complete guide to AppleScript. Covering AppleScript 2 and the Mac OSX, the text is complete without being too lenthy and boring. The explanations are complete, and yet succinct, a rarety in programming texts, and well suited to both the beginner and the experienced user of earlier versions of AppleScript. Loaded with many easy to follow, yet highly informative examples of useable scripts, as well as the most complete covering of controlling AppleScript unfriendly applications via GUI scripting I have seen to date. The primary focus is in AppleScripting OS X v6, with relevant info about v5.
All that, with the incredibly low prices available, this is a terrific value to anyone interested in programming the Mac OSX.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Oakman on January 5, 2014
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I have numerous books on applescript. This is probably the best of the best for beginners and advanced as well. Very comprehensive. Covers almost everything you will need, except for the specific applications.
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