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AppleScript (Developer Reference) 1st Edition
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From the Back Cover
Automate virtually any task on your Mac with scripts
If you want to automate workflow on a Mac, AppleScript developer Mark Munro can show you how. Having worked with AppleScript almost from day one, he shares his methods, tips, and insights to help you automate virtually any Mac task using this universal-access, open-ended scripting tool. You'll quickly master the English-like syntax of AppleScript, write scripts to control apps, explore subroutines and open-ended programming, and learn advanced techniques you can put to immediate use.
Learn AppleScript and Script Editor basics and master the language
Work with text objects, numbers, lists, records, subroutines, and data and system events
Understand "if-then" statements and logical branching, and write a conditional script
Control applications with scripts
Explore open-ended programming, and create an image batch processor
Produce flexible and expandable scripts using a hierarchical subroutine design
Organize code into modules and libraries and create multi-module solutions
Access the latest information on Apple development
Visit www.wileydevreference.com for the latest on tools and techniques for Apple development, as well as code snippets and examples from this book.
About the Author
Mark Conway Munro is a professional programmer who has used AppleScript, AppleScript Studio, and FileMaker Pro on a daily basis since 1992. He has designed and deployed numerous complex custom solutions for clients such as Adobe Systems, The Associated Press, BMG, KraftMaid Cabinetry, Sony Music Distribution, and many more.
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Top customer reviews
Content was good; overall, AppleScript is overly wordy for a scripting language, and this edition as a Developer Reference does not conform to the present offerings in Mountain Lion (OSX 10.8.2).
There is very little explanation of programming logic in this volume, although the examples are short and very simple, so if you were not familiar with programming, the book probably would not be overly complicated. But it seems too simple to me: it does not have much to say about control statements nor how to structure anything more involved than a single command at a time. And the examples are not only short, but several of them are repeated almost verbatim, without adding any new concepts, as though the book were not edited to eliminate redundant passages.
If you know any programming at all, Apple's own AppleScript Language Guide is much more of a developer's reference than this book. If you do not know programming, I would advise looking elsewhere for better grounding in how to construct useful scripts. I certainly would not recommend this book to anyone interested in learning something about scripting in general or AppleScript in particular. The only thing this book has going for it is its rank simplicity, but even beginners are going to get tired of endless dialog box payoffs in the place of useful scripts.
John Thorsen Jr.