Learn AppleScript: The Comprehensive Guide to Scripting and by Hanaan Rosenthal, Hamish Sanderson

By Hanaan Rosenthal, Hamish Sanderson

Wow! Leonard Rosenthal and Hamish Sanderson have written what should be the definitive booklet on AppleScript. I virtually don't the place first of all this assessment; The ebook covers actually every little thing approximately AppleScript in a simple to appreciate demeanour, with a plethora of examples. It doesn't get slowed down in concept, even though it covers concept greater than adequately.

I've been writing applescripts because the language first got here out, and if i'll have just one reference and instructional for the language, this may be it.

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Roughly speaking, a script may face three kinds of questions when manipulating data:  Should I do this?  How often should I do that?  What should I do if things go wrong? Happily, AppleScript provides several valuable features for dealing with each one of these questions. Conditional statements allow a script to decide if an action should be taken. A conditional statement always starts with the word if at the beginning of a line and normally ends with the words end if on a later line. " end if 25 26 CHAPTER 2: AppleScript in Principle Repeat statements allow a script to control the number of times the action is performed.

Don’t worry, though, because you won’t be going in empty-handed. The purpose of this chapter is to provide you with a broad map of AppleScript’s world. Think of it as a tourist guide that briefly describes all the major landmarks you will visit on your impending trip. Although reading about what each place is like is no substitute for actually going there, having a rough idea of what to expect means you won’t spend the entire journey feeling like you have no idea of where you’re off to next or why.

The operator has to know how to use FileMaker Pro to search for and enter data; how to use InDesign to check fonts, pages, and so on; how to use Mail to send e-mail messages; and how to use the Finder to move folders. The great news is that all of these applications include extensive AppleScript support. Controlling these and many other applications is one of AppleScript’s main strengths. AppleScript can give commands to applications and get information from applications, such as retrieving the data in a FileMaker Pro record or the number of pages in an InDesign document.

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