AppleScript: A Comprehensive Guide to Scripting and by Hanaan Rosenthal

By Hanaan Rosenthal

This is the second one version of Hanaan Rosenthals critically-acclaimed AppleScript e-book. It is going the additional mile to coach you AppleScript, explaining complex themes with no leaving you behind.

AppleScript is the high-level scripting language that is living at the Mac platform. it may be used so as to add performance to the Mac working procedure, automate projects, upload services, and customarily make issues more uncomplicated. AppleScript has consistently been very worthy, and with Mac OS X, you could take AppleScript additional than before.

This publication starts with the fundamentals like dealing with variables, loops, and instructions. It proceeds with extra complicated innovations like debugging, AppleScripting with databases, manipulating PDFs with SMILE, and automating media workflow. In a nutshell, this book:

  • Takes you on a trip from amateur to expert AppleScripter.
  • Is thoroughly accomplished; not anything is left to the mind's eye.
  • Is updated via AppleScript 1.10/Mac OS X Tiger.

If you're a Mac person who desires to recognize the true that means of getting complete regulate over your computing device, get into AppleScripting. And choose up this book—it fairly is the single consultant you will need to grasp the paintings of AppleScripting!

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Now add the statements that get some properties from the folder, and from items that are in the folder. Figure 2-9 shows the final script. ll end tel~ date "Saturday. September 2 7. 2003 5:23 :00 AAr Flgure 2-9. The final script with the tel/ blocks When you run the script, the result shows only the last line's result; however, the rest of the data you collected is safe and sound in the variables file_list, timeJolder_was_created, and timeJotder_was_changed. 27 APPLESCRIPT: A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO SCRIPTING AND AUTOMATION ON MAC OS X More on Script Editor One of the improvements OS X's AppleScript provided is the new Script Editor; it has many nice new features that are covered throughout the book.

However, the script did run. Take a peek at the Result area. lf it's hidden, display the pane by dragging the horizontal divider line with the grab bar up until the pane at the bottom fills about a third of the window. The Result area shows us the script's result. And since the script has only one line, the result is the result ofthat one line. What you got is a decimal number somewhere between 0 and 1, which is the result of the random number command. ln this context, random number is also an expression, since it is responsible for the result of the script line.

Information may be a number, it may be text, it may be either true or false, or it may be a 22 STARTING TO SCRIPT -ALL OVER AGAIN reference to an object somewhere. Whatever it is, it's not only the actual value that makes a difference, but also the dass of that value. The basic classes are very logical: Text Also called a string, text is just that: a bunch of characters strung together. A string always has double quotes on either side. Here are some strings: II AII "My oh my! " "IT IS SO ST&@%*" "75" Notice that even though we have the number 75, since it is in quotes, it is a string.

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