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AppleScript: A Beginner's Guide

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Essential Skills--Made Easy!

Learn to program in AppleScript, the versatile scripting language built right into Mac OS X and supported by most major applications. AppleScript: A Beginner's Guide shows you how to write powerful scripts with the AppleScript Editor to automate tasks, save time and effort, and automatically generate documents, spreadsheets, and e-mail messages. Debugging and error handling are ...

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Overview

Essential Skills--Made Easy!

Learn to program in AppleScript, the versatile scripting language built right into Mac OS X and supported by most major applications. AppleScript: A Beginner's Guide shows you how to write powerful scripts with the AppleScript Editor to automate tasks, save time and effort, and automatically generate documents, spreadsheets, and e-mail messages. Debugging and error handling are also covered in this fast-paced tutorial.

Designed for Easy Learning

  • Key Skills & Concepts--Chapter-opening lists of specific skills covered in the chapter
  • Ask the Expert--Q&A sections filled with bonus information and helpful tips
  • Try This--Hands-on exercises that show you how to apply your skills
  • Notes--Extra information related to the topic being covered
  • Tips--Helpful reminders or alternative ways of doing things
  • Cautions--Errors and pitfalls to avoid
  • Annotated Syntax--Example code with commentary that describes the programming techniques being illustrated

Ready-to-use code at www.mhprofessional.com/computingdownload

Guy Hart-Davis is the author of Mac OS X Leopard QuickSteps, How to Do Everything iPod, iPhone, & iTunes, Fifth Edition, HTML, XHTML & CSS QuickSteps, and several other computer books.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071639545
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 12/10/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 1,284,385
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Guy Hart-Davis is the author of more than 45 computer books, including Mac OS X Leopard QuickSteps and Word 2007 Macros & VBA Made Easy.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Getting Started with AppleScript; Chapter 1. Grasping the Essentials of AppleScript; Chapter 2. Up to Speed with AppleScript Editor; Chapter 3. Creating Your First Script;Part II: Learning Essential AppleScript Programming Techniques; Chapter 4. Working with Variables, Classes, Operators, and Coercions; Chapter 5. Working with Text, Numbers, and Dates; Chapter 6. Working with Finder, Files, and Folders; Chapter 7. Making Decisions in Your Scripts; Chapter 8. Using Dialog Boxes to Get User Input; Chapter 9. Repeating Actions in Your Scripts; Chapter 10. Running Scripts Automatically; Part III: Automating Major Applications with AppleScript; Chapter 12. Automating iTunes and iPhoto; Chapter 13. Automating Apple Mail; Chapter 14. Automating Microsoft Word; Chapter 15. Automating Microsoft Excel; Chapter 16. Automating Microsoft Entourage; Index

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