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AppleScript: The Missing Manual: The Missing Manual

AppleScript: The Missing Manual: The Missing Manual

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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.

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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Publish date: Jan 31, 2005
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dw0rd_1 reviewed this
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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 macros in Windows) and there are lots to download from the web. My favorite is probably the pre-written script for batch renaming of files and folders. How do you find these scripts and what do you do with them once you have them? Online help is a available but sometimes a book is easier to read and understand. This book answered questions I didn't even know I had. I'm a lot more confident now when I tweak a script I've downloaded.Most users will never need AppleScript but it's nice to know it's there.I've programmed in Windows and Visual Basic for Applications is probably the closest equivalent to AppleScript. AppleScript is a lot easier to use and understand.
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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 macros in Windows) and there are lots to download from the web. My favorite is probably the pre-written script for batch renaming of files and folders. How do you find these scripts and what do you do with them once you have them? Online help is a available but sometimes a book is easier to read and understand. This book answered questions I didn't even know I had. I'm a lot more confident now when I tweak a script I've downloaded.Most users will never need AppleScript but it's nice to know it's there.I've programmed in Windows and Visual Basic for Applications is probably the closest equivalent to AppleScript. AppleScript is a lot easier to use and understand.
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