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By Bruce W. Perry

ISBN-10: 1565928415

ISBN-13: 9781565928411

AppleScript in a Nutshell is the 1st whole connection with AppleScript, the preferred programming language that provides either strength clients and complex company consumers the real skill to automate repetitive projects and customise purposes. during this good geared up and concise reference, AppleScript programmers will locate:

  • Detailed assurance of AppleScript model 1.4 and past
  • Complete descriptions of AppleScript language features.
  • Descriptions and 1000's of code samples on programming a number of the ''scriptable'' approach elements and the varied strong language extensions referred to as ''osax'' or scripting additions.

pointers on the most recent updates and enhancements contain:

  • Using AppleScript as a device for allotted computing
  • Using the Sherlock locate software to automate internet and community searching.
  • Insights on scripting new Apple applied sciences similar to Apple info Detectors, Folder activities, Keychain entry, and Apple Verifier.

AppleScript in a Nutshell is a high-end instruction manual at a low-end price--an crucial computer reference that places the total strength of this trouble-free programming language into each AppleScript user's fingers.

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Remember that sleep is an English-language term for putting the computer to sleep, but it is implemented as the sleep Apple event beneath the surface. Figure 1-4 shows the structure of the sleep Apple event. Figure 1-4. , the event id) from a segment of the Finder file called the Apple event terminology extension ('aete') resource. The 'aete' resource maps the sleep script command to the Apple event depicted in Figure 1-4. 3. The component then sends that Apple event to the Finder, which responds to sleep by powering down the computer.

How Many Apple Events Can Your Machine Send? An Apple Computer engineer suggests that you use the following code to test how many Apple events a particular machine can send per second: set start_time to current date repeat 1000 times tell application "Finder" name -- gets the Finder's name, "Finder" end tell end repeat set elapsed_time to (current date) - start_time display dialog "Average " & 1000 / elapsed_time & " events per¬ second" This code sends the Finder 1,000 Apple events, and then displays the event-per-second results.

This HTML Help has been published using the chm2web software. 5 Checking Your AppleScript Version This introduction would not be complete without mentioning how important it is to check which version of AppleScript is running on the machine executing your scripts. This is particularly true if your script is used on computers that might not be running Mac OS 9 or later. New versions of AppleScript are generally released along with the latest generation of the operating system. 3, also runs on OS 9).

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