By Bruce W. Perry
AppleScript in a Nutshell is the 1st whole connection with AppleScript, the preferred programming language that provides either energy clients and complicated company shoppers the real skill to automate repetitive projects and customise purposes. during this good prepared and concise reference, AppleScript programmers will locate:
- Detailed insurance of AppleScript model 1.4 and past
- Complete descriptions of AppleScript language features.
- Descriptions and thousands of code samples on programming many of the ''scriptable'' procedure parts and the varied strong language extensions referred to as ''osax'' or scripting additions.
pointers on the newest updates and enhancements contain:
- Using AppleScript as a device for allotted computing
- Using the Sherlock locate software to automate internet and community searching.
- Insights on scripting new Apple applied sciences comparable to Apple information Detectors, Folder activities, Keychain entry, and Apple Verifier.
AppleScript in a Nutshell is a high-end guide at a low-end price--an crucial computing device reference that places the whole energy of this elementary programming language into each AppleScript user's palms.
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Extra resources for AppleScript in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference
Example 1-2 told the Finder to open a file object (basically, a file on the desktop). Objects are the data or "things" that you are interested in querying or changing when you send an Apple event to a program. For example, a script that controls a database program usually deals with database, field, record, or cell objects. An AppleScript that sends commands to a text editor works with character, word, paragraph, and document objects. These Apple event objects are based on classes or blueprints, such as the file class or the database class.
For example, a script that controls a database program usually deals with database, field, record, or cell objects. An AppleScript that sends commands to a text editor works with character, word, paragraph, and document objects. These Apple event objects are based on classes or blueprints, such as the file class or the database class. Table 1-3 shows some of the Apple event classes from the Apple Event Registry. The operating system represents these classes internally as four-character codes. Table 1-3.
The target address is a complex data structure that could contain the application's creator code or its Process Serial Number (PSN) or another piece of identifying information. For example, the sleep Apple event has event class 'fndr' and event id 'slep'. Table 1-2 contains the event classes and event ids for the Standard Suite in the Apple Event Registry. Apple events often get reorganized within different suites when Apple updates its Registry. Table 1-2. Apple Event Codes for Standard Suite Event Event Class Event Id Class Class Id open aevt odoc application capp run aevt oapp document docu reopen aevt rapp file file print aevt pdoc alias alis quit aevt quit selection-object csel close core clos window cwin count core cnte insertion-point cins delete core delo duplicate core clon exist core doex make core crel move core move save core save Most of the time, however, a scripter does not have to deal with event classes and event ids, just their AppleScript language equivalents.