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AppleScript: The Comprehensive Guide to Scripting and Automation on Mac OS X 2nd ed. 2006 Edition
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During my way through this I bought both Danny Goodman's book from SpiderWorks and Matt Neuberg's "Definitive Guide". My recommendation to anyone else looking to learn AppleScript would be to start with Goodman, and if you know a programming language to go straight to Neuberg. Both highly recommended.
At first, the book is pretty intimidating. At 808 pages, it's not a nutshell of AppleScript. Instead, it serves as a quite tutorial of how to get scripting (which you do pretty immediately) and then you have a mix of guides and reference material. Not being familiar with AppleScript before, this was actually a great way to learn it because I didn't need a whole slew of books nor had to search around for content the book left out.
The book is broken into three sections with an introduction, language syntax, and language usage. Those those who have some programming background, you probably want to skip around in the second section first and move on to the third section. If there is a concept that needs more detail, go back to section 2.
For those who are new to languages, you will want to read chapters 3-12 provides a prose walkthrough of handling values, doing math, and flow control in an easy way. After the basic language usage, the book gets into user interaction (and how easy it is to use the built in dialog boxes), file handling, interacting with the clipboard, and error handling. There may a few concepts that are tough to understand at first if you are new to languages in general but it's possible to go back to them.
The end of the chapters have wrap up sections.Read more ›
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This book helped me achieve master guru status with Applescript. I reference it all the time. This book and Hanaan's explanations gave me power and understanding to write scripts... Read morePublished on September 23, 2011 by Shawn Brady