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Learn AppleScript: The Comprehensive Guide to Scripting and Automation on Mac OS X (Learn (Apress)) [Paperback]

William Cook , Hamish Sanderson , Hanaan Rosenthal
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2 Aug 2011 1430223618 978-1430223610 3
AppleScript is an English-like, easy-to-understand scripting language built into every Mac. AppleScript can automate hundreds of AppleScript-able applications, performing tasks both large and small, complex and simple. Learn AppleScript: The Comprehensive Guide to Scripting and Automation on Mac OS X, Third Edition has been completely updated for Mac OS X Snow Leopard. It's all here, with an emphasis on practical information that will help you solve any automation problem--from the most mundane repetitive tasks to highly integrated workflows of complex systems. * Friendly enough for beginners, detailed enough for advanced AppleScripters * Includes major contributions from expert AppleScripters: Emmanuel Levy, Harald Monihart, Ian Piper, Shane Stanley, Barry Wainwright, Craig Williams, and foreword by AppleScript inventor, William Cook What you'll learn * See how AppleScript represents information as objects--including numbers, strings, lists, and records. * Learn how to manipulate these objects using commands and operators, and how to store them in variables. * Organize your code using handlers and script objects. * Understand how applications describe their objects and commands in dictionaries and how to interpret that information when learning to script applications. * Manipulate the Mac OS X file system. * Automate iTunes, Mail, iCal, and other popular lifestyle applications in Mac OS X. * Discover sophisticated text processing techniques using regular expressions. * Script professional productivity applications--Apple iWork, Microsoft Office, FileMaker Pro, and Adobe InDesign. * Harness the power of the Unix command line in Mac OS X. * Create your own Cocoa applications with the new AppleScriptObjC bridge. Who this book is for First-time scripters who want to automate tasks on their Macs; existing AppleScripters looking to develop proficient, professional, or guru-level knowledge and skills; professional Mac OS X developers wishing to understand this powerful and pervasive technology. Table of Contents * Introducing AppleScript * AppleScript in Principle * AppleScript in Practice * Writing Scripts in AppleScript Editor * Understanding How Application Scripting Works * Learning to Work with AppleScript Objects * Working with Text * Working with Numbers * Working with Dates * Working with Lists and Records * Storing Objects in Variables * More on Commands * More on Operators and Coercions * Making Decisions Using Conditionals and Loops * Making Decisions When Dealing with Errors * Interacting with the User * Working with Files * Organizing Your Code with Handlers * Organizing Your Code with Script Objects * Scripting the File System * Scripting Apple Applications * Extending AppleScript with Scripting Additions * AppleScript Amenities * Scripting iWork and Office * Scripting Data and Databases * Scripting Adobe InDesign * Interacting with the Unix Command Line * Using Smile: The AppleScript Integrated Production Environment * Tips and Techniques for Improving Your Scripts * Creating Cocoa Applications with AppleScriptObjC

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  • Paperback: 1104 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 3 edition (2 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430223618
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430223610
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 19 x 5.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive 21 Nov 2010
Only got through half this book but is has been a enjoyable read so far. For an existing programmer it can be a bit slow at times but this is understandable as this additional information will be needed by new programmers. The syntax of AppleScript is pretty usual to someone who is more use to languages like c, python etc. Apple seem to have tried to make it more readable but with a number of key words overloaded it is difficult to remember. The text handling is primitive compared with other scripting languages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on AppleScript 15 Nov 2012
By Robbie
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I had already purchased a couple of recommended books, AppleScript 1-2-3 and AppleScript, The Definitive Guide. While these were good in their own way when I was looking for help in how to do deal with a particular situation I had difficulty in finding this in these two books. As a beginner to AppleScript I was looking for something that was more in the way of a Cookbook and I found that this book filled the bill. It has a very comprehensive index and in its 1,000+ pages I have so far found everything I've been looking for. It is a bit out of date but this has not concerned me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A SERIOUS Applescript tome 20 Oct 2011
By Dblox
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Very much an in depth guid to Applescript. Have found it moderately useful but somewhat unreadable. It is very much a reference book. Delivery was exceptional considering its enormous weight!
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4.0 out of 5 stars AppleScript for all of us 29 July 2010
Before writing about « Learn_AppleScript_The_Comprehensive_Guide_to_Scripting_and_Automation_on_Mac_OS_X_Third_Edition », I wish to ask you to be lenient with me.English isn't my main language. I try to be understandable but I am sure that you will find some oddities which would fool the AppleScript's interpreter. Happily, I doesn't try to write for machines : all of them are dumb but to real readers with a real brain.
I discovered AppleScript years ago. At this time, « AppleScript's Language Guide » from Apple and the app's dictionaries were all my resources. Some years later I discovered a French book available only thru the net : « Aller plus loin en AppleScript » available thru [...]
It's fine but it's dedicated to users with a serious knowledge of the tool. Yes, I write about a tool, not about a language. I don't wan't to open a polemic. I just decided once that languages are dedicated to communication between human beeings. So AppleScript's links with languages are only those which gave me the opportunity to exchange with guys like Hamish Sanderson, guys able to use some of the 24 hours a day which we are given to help other person whose knowledge isn't so extended that their own one.
« The Comprehensive Guide...» appears to me as an extension of this activity as helper.
In more than 1100 pages, it offers a synthesis of what we wanted to know at least once during our life as scripter.
The authors took the long road, the one which doesn't give to the readers a set of ready to use scripts. They explain step by step not only what to do (which would give an interesting and useful book) but mainly, at least from my point of view, explain why to do this or that.
This approach is the one used by the teachers whose name is always present in my old memory.
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2.0 out of 5 stars No exercises? 8 Sep 2010
By Bakari Chavanu - Published on Amazon.com
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On only about the 5th chapter, and I just thought I'd report that so far this book has only had one complete exercise in I think chapter 3.

Most of the book seems descriptive. He explains all aspects of AppleScript, but you read for pages and pages and he never really seems to connect what he's describing to creating actual practical scripts. He could have put exercises at the end of chapters so that readers could merge theory with practice. It's clear the author knows his subject, but I think the First Head writers would do a better job at making a book like this one of practical use. I really find it annoying when authors explain complex definitions and then sum by saying, "now that you understand so and so." It's like why do you think that just because you have explained something, your readers are supposed to understand it? That's not how learning works. Learning comes through practice, and trail and error. When for example he defines and talks about class and properties, he should have readers do an exercise that helps them understand what he just spent five pages talking about.

Anyway, I'm going to keep reading; if it gets any better, I'll come back and update my review.

If you don't have an prior experience with AppleScript and you're ready to jump into actually doing so, this book is not the best one to begin with. If you do have experience, this might make good reference book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Valuable resource; poor production 11 Nov 2012
By jshenk - Published on Amazon.com
This is a massive volume, with the information to take the reader from beginning with AppleScript through advanced scripting. The information is up to date and seems to be accurate.

Unfortunately, the publisher did the reader and the author few favors with the way they prepared the book. I suppose in a book this large, a few typos and uncorrected homonyms might be expected to slip through, but my biggest problem is with the typography. It is common practice to use a monospaced font to distinguish code in the body of the text, and they do that here (it would have been nice if they had included an explanation of the conventions they are using). Unfortunately, they chose a sans serif font for the body text which is barely distinguishable from the monospaced font, which makes the whole thing much harder to read than it ought to be.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing comprehensive book on AppleScript 24 Jun 2010
By M. Steiner - Published on Amazon.com
Wow! Leonard Rosenthal and Hamish Sanderson have written what has to be the definitive book on AppleScript. I almost do not where to begin with this review; The book covers literally everything about AppleScript in an easy to understand manner, with a plethora of examples. It does not get bogged down in theory, although it covers theory more than adequately.

I've been writing applescripts since the language first came out, and if I could have only one reference and tutorial for the language, this would be it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn AppleScript 19 Oct 2011
By Rich - Published on Amazon.com
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Without any doubt, this is the most up-to-date and complete guide to AppleScript. Covering AppleScript 2 and the Mac OSX, the text is complete without being too lenthy and boring. The explanations are complete, and yet succinct, a rarety in programming texts, and well suited to both the beginner and the experienced user of earlier versions of AppleScript. Loaded with many easy to follow, yet highly informative examples of useable scripts, as well as the most complete covering of controlling AppleScript unfriendly applications via GUI scripting I have seen to date. The primary focus is in AppleScripting OS X v6, with relevant info about v5.
All that, with the incredibly low prices available, this is a terrific value to anyone interested in programming the Mac OSX.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wish i'd read this 3 years ago;-) 9 Aug 2010
By airdrummer - Published on Amazon.com
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would've saved me a lot of trial&error;-) exactly the kind of example-laden text i was looking for, excellently written.
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