Danny Goodman's AppleScript Handbook by Danny Goodman

By Danny Goodman

The fundamental AppleScript booklet! essentially the most advised AppleScript references ever released, this definitive advisor has been thoroughly rewritten for Mac OS X by means of scripting guru Danny Goodman, whose best-selling books have helped train legions of AppleScript builders world-wide. do not accept an outdated, out-of-print variation. The wait is over! This super-sized, 3rd version contains all new Mac OS X examples!

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In an organized warehouse, each location has some kind of location identifier, like a bin number or row and shelf number. Getting something with AppleScript is like picking out an item from a bin; setting is like putting the item someplace else—in another bin or in your shopping basket. If this warehouse were a scriptable application, the bin would be an object. An item you pick from a bin would be an element of that bin. And the bin, itself, has a number of properties, such as location, size, minimum reorder point, and so on.

Before we get to the actual commands, however, there is some other ground to cover, namely where the commands come from, how commands return information back to a script, and how we direct commands to the proper target. Commands Provoke Action from Something AppleScript commands are the verbs of the language. As the first word of any simple statement, a command signals the action that is to take place as a result of the statement. You may wonder, though, that if a human language command has an intended audience, what about an AppleScript command?

56 There are additional value classes, which you’ll meet in Chapter 9. , putting quotes around strings or curly braces around lists). Occasionally, however, it will be necessary to change one value class to another. For example, a script may fetch some real numbers, perform some math on them, and then have to insert them into another document as a string. This conversion process is called coercion, but we can save that discussion for later. Variables Chapter 5: A Crash Course in Programming Fundamentals In the course of any kind of programming, it is often necessary to hold values in temporary baskets while the script gets additional data or performs operations on the original values.

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