AppleScript: The Missing Manual
From newspapers to NASA, Mac users around the world use AppleScript to automate their daily computing routines. Famed for its similarity to English and its ease of integration with other programs, AppleScript is the perfect programming language for time-squeezed Mac fans. As beginners quickly realize, however, AppleScript has one major shortcoming: it comes without a manual.
No more. You don't need a degree in computer science, a fancy system administrator title, or even a pocket protector and pair of nerdy glasses to learn the Mac's most popular scripting language; you just need the proper guide at your side. AppleScript: The Missing Manual is that guide.
Brilliantly compiled by author Adam Goldstein, AppleScript: The Missing Manual is brimming with useful examples. You'll learn how to clean up your Desktop with a single click, for example, and how to automatically optimize pictures for a website. Along the way, you ll learn the overall grammar of AppleScript, so you can write your own customized scripts when you feel the need.
Naturally, AppleScript: The Missing Manual isn't merely for the uninitiated scripter. While its hands-on approach certainly keeps novices from feeling intimidated, this comprehensive guide is also suited for system administrators, web and graphics professionals, musicians, scientists, mathematicians, engineers, and others who need to learn the ins and outs of AppleScript for their daily work.
Thanks to AppleScript: The Missing Manual, the path from consumer to seasoned script has never been clearer. Now you, too, can automate your Macintosh in no time.
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Absolutely brilliant book that contains a very simplified but powerful description of how to use applescript to automate the majority of programs and tasks on your mac. I have had this book on hand for over a year now and it's got to be the book I go to again and again to iron out the problems I've had and have assembling scripts. Needs a little updating but a rich resource of information.
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If you find yourself doing repetitious things or unable to do exactly what you want using built in menus, AppleScript can help. OS X includes lots of pre-written AppleScripts (little programs like ... Read full review
The Missing Credits
Setting Up AppleScript
Using Script Editor
Building a Script from Scratch
Organizing Information in Databases
Linking Scripts to Folders with Folder Actions
Scripting Programs That Dont Have Dictionaries
Mixing AppleScript and Unix
Testing and Debugging Scripts
AppleScript Support in Common Programs
Moving from HyperCard to AppleScript
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