Technical book publisher O’Reilly on Wednesday released Adam Goldstein’s
“AppleScript: The Missing Manual,”
of which the high school-age author says: “If you’re an everyday Mac user — not some fancy-schmancy computer science Ph.D. — AppleScript is by far the easiest language to use for automating your Mac.” Goldstein’s book covers the AppleScript basics and delves into writing scripts that control applications, including the use of GUI scripts for software that won’t allow such outside control. He also notes some offbeat uses for AppleScript, such as writing a script that downloads e-mails to an iPod, where you can listen to them as audio files. “AppleScript: The Missing Manual” is 325 pages and sells for US$24.95.