- Series: Learn (Apress)
- Paperback: 1104 pages
- Publisher: Apress; 3rd ed. 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: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #708,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Learn AppleScript: The Comprehensive Guide to Scripting and Automation on Mac OS X (Learn (Apress)) 3rd ed. Edition
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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.
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All that, with the incredibly low prices available, this is a terrific value to anyone interested in programming the Mac OSX.
I would also recommend "AppleScriptObjC Explored" if you are going to be creating Applescript projects with Xcode. It is not available thru Amazon but you buy directly from the author, who does an outstanding job helping you out when you are stumped.
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.