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Beginning AppleScript

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ISBN13: 9780764574009
ISBN10: 0764574000
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Beginning AppleScript

AppleScript is being embraced as a key technology component in Mac OS® X. This powerful scripting language is designed primarily to help coordinate the operation of other programs, and is an ideal solution to general programming problems. In this comprehensive tutorial, expert author Stephen Kochan presents you with all the information you need to understand and efficiently write programs in AppleScript.

As you progress through the book, sample programs accompany the introduction of each new concept, enabling you to write scripts, run them, and then examine the results. In addition, exercises at the end of each chapter test your knowledge. This hands-on guide will show you just how AppleScript's unique way of doing things differs significantly from any other programming language you've used.

What you will learn from this book

  • How to start up the Script Editor application, type a program, and run it
  • Various ways to work with strings, lists, records, and files
  • How AppleScript enables you to communicate easily with other applications
  • How to write scripts for iLife® applications such as iTunes®, iPhoto , and iDVD
  • Ways to plan for errors, and how to handle them when they do occur
  • How to use AppleScript Studio, which is the bridge between AppleScript and GUI applications

Who this book is for

This book is for novice programmers who want to learn how to use AppleScript for general programming applications and to automate time-consuming tasks or experienced programmers who are interested in saving time and money by using this powerful scripting tool.

Book News Annotation:

Intended for the Mac hobbyist, this book provides instructions for writing AppleScript programs for a simple alarm clock, iTunes players, and DVD slide show. The author explains the rules for forming variable names, writing arithmetic expressions, and working with built-in classes, strings, lists, records, files, handlers, the Finder, and script objects.
Annotation 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

? Brings the unique programmer-to-programmer approach to AppleScript, the open source Mac scripting language

? An ideal reference for the growing number of Mac OS X programmers, administrators, and power users who want to automate repetitive tasks or customize Mac applications

? Presuming no previous programming experience, this book uses exercises and program examples to walk readers step by step through basic concepts and techniques

? Shows how to script previously nonscriptable applications with the new Accessibility API and GUI Scripting technologies

Synopsis:

What is this book about?

Geared toward programmers with no prior development knowledge, Beginning AppleScript serves as a comprehensive guide to using AppleScript on the Mac OS X platform.  This title introduces the reader to AppleScript, and then illustrates how to efficiently start writing scripts through sample programs as each concept is introduced. Exercises at the end of each chapter allow the reader to test and demonstrate their knowledge on how to write functional scripts. The appendices include a list of other resources for additional developer information, and a summary of the language suitable for reference.

About the Author

Stephen G. Kochan has been developing software and writing books for over 20 years. He is the author and coauthor of several best-selling titles on the C language, including Programming in C and Programming in ANSI C (both from Sams Publishing), Programming C for the Mac (Macmillan Computer Publishing), and Topics in C Programming (Wiley Publishing), as well as several Unix titles, including Exploring the Unix System and Unix Shell Programming (both Sams Publishing), and Unix System Security (Hayden Books). His most recent title on Mac programming is Programming in Objective-C (Sams Publishing), which is a tutorial on the primary programming language used on the Mac for application development.

Table of Contents

About the Author.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

Chapter 1: Writing Your First AppleScript Program.

Chapter 2: Variables, Classes, and Expressions.

Chapter 3: Making Decisions.

Chapter 4: Program Looping.

Chapter 5: Working with Strings.

Chapter 6: Working with Lists and Records.

Chapter 7: Working with Files.

Chapter 8: Handlers.

Chapter 9: Error Handling.

Chapter 10: Working with Applications.

Chapter 11: Scripting iLife Applications.

Chapter 12: Script Objects.

Chapter 13: Loose Ends.

Chapter 14: Introducing AppleScript Studio.

Appendix A: Exercise Answers.

Appendix B: Language Reference.

Appendix C: Resources.

Index.

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NG, December 11, 2010 (view all comments by NG)
This is a great book! It got me started on programming, and I've taken off from here. This book taught me exactly the way I learn: by example. It's crammed with useful, real-world examples of code. You move along with the author, and he explains as he goes, line by line. I was never confused, and always felt like I was moving along very quickly. The superb organization of the book always left me eager for more, which was promised (and came) in the next chapter.
AppleScript is a great language to get started with, as it provides an easy introduction to important programming concepts (object-oriented programming, program flow, good practice, interface design, etc.).
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780764574009
Author:
Kochan, Stephen G.
Publisher:
Wrox Press
Subject:
Programming Languages - General
Subject:
Programming - General
Subject:
Applescript (computer program language)
Subject:
Software Engineering - Programming and Languages
Subject:
Programming - Software Development
Copyright:
Edition Description:
WebSite Associated w/Book
Series:
Programmer to Programmer
Publication Date:
20041126
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
600
Dimensions:
9.40x7.32x1.25 in. 1.91 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , ? Brings the unique programmer-to-programmer approach to AppleScript, the open source Mac scripting language

? An ideal reference for the growing number of Mac OS X programmers, administrators, and power users who want to automate repetitive tasks or customize Mac applications

? Presuming no previous programming experience, this book uses exercises and program examples to walk readers step by step through basic concepts and techniques

? Shows how to script previously nonscriptable applications with the new Accessibility API and GUI Scripting technologies

"Synopsis" by , What is this book about?

Geared toward programmers with no prior development knowledge, Beginning AppleScript serves as a comprehensive guide to using AppleScript on the Mac OS X platform.  This title introduces the reader to AppleScript, and then illustrates how to efficiently start writing scripts through sample programs as each concept is introduced. Exercises at the end of each chapter allow the reader to test and demonstrate their knowledge on how to write functional scripts. The appendices include a list of other resources for additional developer information, and a summary of the language suitable for reference.

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