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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

About the Author


Adam Goldstein got his programming start in Kindergarten, when he first played around with Logo on an old Apple II. Through middle school, Adam wrote useless but amusing HyperCard programs. Nowadays, he runs GoldfishSoft, a shareware company that makes games and utilities for Mac OS X. Adam was a technical editor for O'Reilly's best-selling Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, and an editor for Mac OS X Panther Power User. When he's not writing books or code, Adam attends MIT.

Table of Contents

The Missing Credits; About the Author; About the Creative Team; Acknowledgments; The Missing Manual Series; Foreword; Introduction; Uses for AppleScript; Advantages and Disadvantages; About This Book; Part I: AppleScript Overview; Chapter 1: Setting Up AppleScript; 1.1 The Script Menu; 1.2 Working with the Scripts You Have; Chapter 2: Using Script Editor; 2.1 The Script Editor Look; 2.2 Script Formats; 2.3 Setting Script Editor's Preferences; Chapter 3: Building a Script from Scratch; 3.1 Getting Started; 3.2 Commanding Other Programs; Part II: Everyday Scripting Tasks; Chapter 4: Manipulating Text; 4.1 String Notation; 4.2 Getting Text Back from Dialog Boxes; 4.3 Linking Strings Together; 4.4 Multiline Strings; 4.5 Scripting TextEdit; 4.6 Adding Word Count; 4.7 Commanding Microsoft Word; 4.8 Running Scripts from Text; Chapter 5: Controlling Files; 5.1 File Path Boot Camp; 5.2 Displaying Folders; 5.3 Moving Files Around; 5.4 Backing Up Files; 5.5 Deleting Files; 5.6 Picking a File from a Dialog Box; 5.7 Saving Files; Chapter 6: Creating Lists; 6.1 Common List Commands; 6.2 Displaying Lists; 6.3 The Ever-Useful every Keyword; 6.4 List Processing; 6.5 Joining Lists Together; 6.6 Inputting Lists; 6.7 Getting Lists from Other Programs; Chapter 7: Organizing and Editing Graphics; 7.1 Scripting iPhoto; 7.2 Controlling Photoshop; 7.3 Image Events; Chapter 8: Playing Sound and Video; 8.1 Scripting iTunes; 8.2 Speaking and Listening; 8.3 Scripting QuickTime; Chapter 9: Internet and Network Scripting; 9.1 Internet Connect; 9.2 Safari; 9.3 Address Book; 9.4 Mail; 9.5 iChat Control; 9.6 URL Access Scripting; 9.7 Recalling Passwords; Chapter 10: Organizing Information in Databases; 10.1 Record Notation; 10.2 Making a Simple AppleScript Database; 10.3 Getting File Information; 10.4 Scripting FileMaker Pro; Part III: Power-User Features; Chapter 11: Linking Scripts to Folders with Folder Actions; 11.1 Enabling Folder Actions; 11.2 Built-in Actions; 11.3 Running Your Own Actions; Chapter 12: Scripting Programs That Don't Have Dictionaries; 12.1 Enabling GUI Scripting; 12.2 GUI Scripting Basics; 12.3 Controlling Menus; 12.4 Clicking Buttons; 12.5 Deciphering Interface Hierarchies; 12.6 Fake Typing; Chapter 13: Mixing AppleScript and Unix; 13.1 Terminal; 13.2 Unix Without Terminal; 13.3 Running Superuser Commands; 13.4 Running AppleScripts from Unix; 13.5 Scheduling AppleScript Commands; Chapter 14: Testing and Debugging Scripts; 14.1 First Line of Defense: The Compiler; 14.2 Noting Important Events; 14.3 Preventing Errors; 14.4 Isolating and Handling Errors; 14.5 The Xcode Debugger; Chapter 15: AppleScript Studio; 15.1 What Is AppleScript Studio?; 15.2 Making a Program; Part IV: Appendixes; Appendix A: AppleScript Support in Common Programs; A.1 Databases; A.2 Email Programs; A.3 Graphics Editors; A.4 Page Layout Programs; A.5 Plain Text Editors; A.6 Word Processors; A.7 Web Browsers; Appendix B: Moving from HyperCard to AppleScript; B.1 Data Types; B.2 Dialog Boxes; B.3 Existence; B.4 Numbers; B.5 Pausing; B.6 Ranges; B.7 Repeat Statements; B.8 Subroutines; B.9 Variables; Appendix C: Where to Go from Here; C.1 Web Sites; C.2 Discussion Lists; C.3 Books; Colophon;

Product Details

The Missing Manual
Adam Goldstein
Goldstein, Adam
Operating Systems - Macintosh
Hardware - Personal Computers - Macintosh
Programming Languages - General
Macintosh (computer)
Applescript (computer program language)
Macintosh (Computer) -- Programming.
Operating Systems - General
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Computers and Internet » Computers Reference » Beginning and Reference
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Computers and Internet » Operating Systems » General
Computers and Internet » Personal Computers » Desktop Applications » Word Processing
Computers and Internet » Personal Computers » General
Computers and Internet » Software Engineering » Programming and Languages

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