If you’ve ever wanted to learn AppleScript, the Mac OS’s system-level programming language, you may want to check out a new book, “AppleScript in a Nutshell,” by author Bruce Perry.
“Not enough Macintosh users are even aware that their computer comes installed with this great tool,” he said. “They tend to become distracted by the inner workings (or failings) of their favorite programs, to the point where they become less productive. As a powerful automation tool, AppleScript can free users from the bondage of machine-like behavior.
Aimed at power users, graphics professionals, and script novices alike, “AppleScript in a Nutshell” is designed to be used as a reference next to their Macs as they write new scripts, Perry said. The US$29.95, 500-page book shows you how to program various system elements, such as speech technology, Sherlock, Network Setup Scripting, and Folder Actions.
“AppleScript in a Nutshell” from
the O’Reilly Network
also provides detailed coverage of the latest updates and improvements in AppleScript Version 1.4 and beyond — on Mac OS 9 as well as the new Mac OS X. There are descriptions of AppleScript’s features, plus hundreds of code samples on programming the various “scriptable” system components such as File Exchange, Web scripting, the ColorSync program, and the numerous language extensions called “osax.”
Chapter 7, “Flow-Control Statements,” is available
free online. More information about the book, including Table of Contents, index, author bio, and samples is