AppleScript (Developer Reference) by Mark Conway Munro

By Mark Conway Munro

Mark Munro brings transparent language and willing association to the exposition of AppleScript. in spite of the fact that, this booklet is greater than a superb reference consultant to the AppleScript language, it's a passionate paean to automation and efficiency.

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Next, the script can find image files on a server and import, size, and position them. Throughout this process, countless business and style rules are consistently applied. Product subcategories are automatically started on a new page or in a new document. Spacing is dynamically adjusted based on the amount of content for each product. Once the file has finished building, the script can save it for review or print it to a PDF file. It might also cross-reference products and price lists, and scan the document for text overflows or other issues and report them in a dialog box, text log, e-mail, or any other communication software.

Putting a value into a variable is a little less English-like. Like many other languages, JavaScript requires a special line ending, which in this case is a semi-colon. Also, the repeat loop is more cryptically phrased and, therefore, less clear than the AppleScript example. 3 performs the same functions using the REALBasic language. Notice that the variable declarations are more complicated and require the data class of each must be specifically stated prior to placing a value within them. 4 performs the same functions with PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor).

0 Developer’s Toolkit shipped as a stand-alone product that could be installed on any Mac running System 7. 1 (System 7 Pro). 1 Developer’s Toolkit and Scripting Kit — was released. 5. Since that time, AppleScript has slowly evolved into the invaluable tool that we know today. In 1997, the Macintosh Finder finally became scriptable, eliminating the need to use the Finder scripting extension. 2 with many minor improvements. NOTE In 1997, Apple had plans to eliminate AppleScript in order to cut expenses but, thankfully, this plan was thwarted by a campaign by loyal users of the technology.

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