Learn AppleScript

The Comprehensive Guide to Scripting and Automation on Mac OS X

Author: Hamish Sanderson,Hanaan Rosenthal

Publisher: Apress

ISBN: 1430223618

Category: Computers

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AppleScript is an English-like, easy-to-understand scripting language built into every Mac. AppleScript can automate hundreds of AppleScript-able applications, performing tasks both large and small, complex and simple. Learn AppleScript: The Comprehensive Guide to Scripting and Automation on Mac OS X, Third Edition has been completely updated for Mac OS X Snow Leopard. It’s all here, with an emphasis on practical information that will help you solve any automation problem—from the most mundane repetitive tasks to highly integrated workflows of complex systems. Friendly enough for beginners, detailed enough for advanced AppleScripters Includes major contributions from expert AppleScripters: Emmanuel Levy, Harald Monihart, Ian Piper, Shane Stanley, Barry Wainwright, Craig Williams, and foreword by AppleScript inventor, William Cook What you’ll learn See how AppleScript represents information as objects—including numbers, strings, lists, and records. Learn how to manipulate these objects using commands and operators, and how to store them in variables. Organize your code using handlers and script objects. Understand how applications describe their objects and commands in dictionaries and how to interpret that information when learning to script applications. Manipulate the Mac OS X file system. Automate iTunes, Mail, iCal, and other popular lifestyle applications in Mac OS X. Discover sophisticated text processing techniques using regular expressions. Script professional productivity applications—Apple iWork, Microsoft Office, FileMaker Pro, and Adobe InDesign. Harness the power of the Unix command line in Mac OS X. Create your own Cocoa applications with the new AppleScriptObjC bridge. Who this book is for First-time scripters who want to automate tasks on their Macs Existing AppleScripters looking to develop proficient, professional, or guru-level knowledge and skills Professional Mac OS X developers wishing to understand this powerful and pervasive technology Table of Contents Introducing AppleScript AppleScript in Principle AppleScript in Practice Writing Scripts in AppleScript Editor Understanding How Application Scripting Works Learning to Work with AppleScript Objects Working with Text Working with Numbers Working with Dates Working with Lists and Records Storing Objects in Variables More on Commands More on Operators and Coercions Making Decisions Using Conditionals and Loops Making Decisions When Dealing with Errors Interacting with the User Working with Files Organizing Your Code with Handlers Organizing Your Code with Script Objects Scripting the File System Scripting Apple Applications Extending AppleScript with Scripting Additions AppleScript Amenities Scripting iWork and Office Scripting Data and Databases Scripting Adobe InDesign Interacting with the Unix Command Line Using Smile: The AppleScript Integrated Production Environment Tips and Techniques for Improving Your Scripts Creating Cocoa Applications with AppleScriptObjC
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Learn Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Author: Mike Lee,Scott Meyers

Publisher: Apress

ISBN: 1430219475

Category: Computers

Page: 632

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You're smart and savvy, but also busy. This comprehensive guide to Apple's Mac OS X 10.6, Snow Leopard, gives you everything you need to know to live a happy, productive Mac life. Learn Mac OS X Snow Leopard will have you up and connected lickity–split. With a minimum of overhead and a maximum of useful information, you'll cover a lot of ground in the time it takes other books to get you plugged in. If this isn't your first experience with Mac OS X, skip right to the "What's New in Snow Leopard" sections. You may also find yourself using this book as a quick refresher course or a way to learn new Mac skills you've never tried before.
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Learn OS X Lion

Author: Scott Meyers,Mike Lee

Publisher: Apress

ISBN: 1430237627

Category: Computers

Page: 736

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You’re smart and savvy, but you're also busy. This comprehensive guide to Apple's latest version of OS X, Lion, gives you everything you need to know to live a happy, productive Mac life. Learn OS X Lion will have you up and connected right away. With a minimum of overhead and a maximum of useful information, you’ll cover a lot of ground in the time it takes other books to get you plugged in. If this isn’t your first experience with OS X, skip right to the "What’s New in Lion" sections. You may also find yourself using this book as a quick refresher course or a way to learn new Mac skills you’ve never tried before. What you’ll learn Lion's new features and how to put them to work How to work with documents Managing email with Mail How to enhance your life with iLife Customizing your Lion environment How to get things done at the command line Who this book is for New Mac users, existing Mac users upgrading from older versions of OS X, and PC users making the switch to Macs. These people share a common desire to learn stuff fast and keep learning! Because this book goes into greater depth than your average OS X guide, it is also excellent for small business owners, user support personnel, and system administrators. Table of Contents Welcome to Lion Using the Finder OS X’s File System Nifty Tools in Lion Application Basics Managing Applications Lion's included applications Connecting to the network / Internet Learn to browse the web Learn to master email Contact management with Address Book Time management with iCal Chatting and communication iCloud and MobileMe iPhoto iMovie GarageBand Exploring the System Preferences Printing & Peripherals Time Machine Backup and Recovery General Lion Care and Feeding What you need to know about Security Introducing Darwin, Terminal, and the Shell Extending Lion with Darwin Networking with Lion Remote access and sharing Lion as a web server Working with your MS Windows friends Running Other OSs on your Mac An overview of Lion scripting and development AppleScript and Automator Xcode tools for Lion Development Cocoa App Development 101
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Enterprise Mac Administrators Guide

Author: CHARLES EDGE,William Smith

Publisher: Apress

ISBN: 1484217063

Category: Computers

Page: 503

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Charles Edge and Bill Smith provide detailed explanations of the technology required for large-scale Mac OS X deployments and show you how to integrate it with other operating systems and applications. Now in its second edition, Enterprise Mac Administrator's Guide addresses the growing size and spread of Mac OS X deployments in corporations and institutions worldwide. In some cases, this is due to the growth of traditional Mac environments, but for the most part it has to do with organizations instituting device choice and switcher campaigns, where Windows and/or Linux environments are migrating to Mac OS X. There is a steep culture shock with many of these migrations. The products that are used are different, the nomenclature is different, and most importantly the best practices for dealing with the operating system and updates are very different. Apple provides a number of tools to help automate and guide IT toward managing a large number of Mac OS X computers—it has since before Mac OS X was initially released. However, if you want to put together all of the pieces to tell a compelling story about how to run an IT department or a deployment of Macs, you need to compile information from a number of different sources. This book provides explanations of the technology required. What You'll Learn Choose a directory services model that works for your organization and integrate it into your existing model Choose an imaging model and begin imaging workstations with or without third-party products Use the Mac App Store and Apple’s Volume Purchasing Program to deploy apps Leverage scripting techniques to reduce labor for the IT department Provide network services (file sharing, mobile home folders, messaging, etc.) to the Mac OS X clients Who This Book Is For System administrators and IT professionals who need to manage a large number of Mac OS X computers, be they Mac OS X–based servers or workstations. The assumption is that readers are somewhat familiar with Mac OS X and/or IT in general, but not that they are familiar with the Apple system internals, server services, or deployment techniques.
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AppleScript

The Comprehensive Guide to Scripting and Automation on Mac OS X

Author: Hanaan Rosenthal

Publisher: Apress

ISBN: 9781430202370

Category: Computers

Page: 808

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This book is the second edition of a critically acclaimed reference. AppleScript is a scripting language allowing users add functionality to the Mac operating system, automating tasks, adding functions, making things easier. It’s popular because it’s available for free on any Mac operating system, and it is easy to pick up and use, so it is within the bounds of any fairly proficient Mac user, not just developers. The new edition offers a complete guide to using AppleScript, from beginning steps, right up to the professional level - nothing is left out. This edition is updated to support AppleScript 1.10/Mac OS X Tiger.
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