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AppleScript: The Definitive Guide
By Matt Neuburg
 
Publisher: O'Reilly
Pub Date: November 2003
ISBN: 0-596-00557-1
Pages: 476
 


   Copyright
   Preface
      The Scope of This Book
      Versions
      How This Book Is Organized
      Conventions Used in This Book
      How to Contact Us
      Acknowledgments
    Part I:  AppleScript Overview
        Chapter 1.  Ways to Use AppleScript
      Section 1.1.  The Nature and Purpose of AppleScript
      Section 1.2.  Is This Application Scriptable?
      Section 1.3.  Calculation and Repetition
      Section 1.4.  Reduction
      Section 1.5.  Customization
      Section 1.6.  Combining Specialties
        Chapter 2.  Places to Use AppleScript
      Section 2.1.  Script Editor
      Section 2.2.  Scripting Environment
      Section 2.3.  Internally Scriptable Application
      Section 2.4.  Script Runner
      Section 2.5.  Automatic Location
      Section 2.6.  Application
      Section 2.7.  Unix
        Chapter 3.  The AppleScript Experience
      Section 3.1.  The Problem
      Section 3.2.  A Day in the Life
      Section 3.3.  Conclusions, Lessons, and Advice
        Chapter 4.  Basic Concepts
      Section 4.1.  Apple Event
      Section 4.2.  The Open Scripting Architecture
      Section 4.3.  Script
      Section 4.4.  Compiling and Decompiling
      Section 4.5.  Script Text File
      Section 4.6.  Applet and Droplet
      Section 4.7.  Scripting Addition
      Section 4.8.  Dictionary
      Section 4.9.  Scriptable, Recordable, Attachable
    Part II:  The AppleScript Language
        Chapter 5.  Introducing AppleScript
      Section 5.1.  A "Little Language"
      Section 5.2.  Extensibility and Its Perils
      Section 5.3.  The "English-likeness" Monster
      Section 5.4.  Object-likeness
      Section 5.5.  LISP-likeness
      Section 5.6.  The Learning Curve
        Chapter 6.  Syntactic Ground of Being
      Section 6.1.  Lines
      Section 6.2.  Result
      Section 6.3.  Comments
      Section 6.4.  Abbreviations and Synonyms
      Section 6.5.  Blocks
      Section 6.6.  The
        Chapter 7.  Variables
      Section 7.1.  Assignment and Retrieval
      Section 7.2.  Declaration and Definition of Variables
      Section 7.3.  Variable Names
      Section 7.4.  Scoping of Variables
      Section 7.5.  Script Properties
      Section 7.6.  Lifetime of Variables
        Chapter 8.  Handlers
      Section 8.1.  Returned Value
      Section 8.2.  Parameters
      Section 8.3.  Syntax of Defining and Calling a Handler
      Section 8.4.  Pass By Reference
      Section 8.5.  Scoping of Handlers
      Section 8.6.  Handlers as Values
        Chapter 9.  Script Objects
      Section 9.1.  Scoping of Script Objects
      Section 9.2.  Top-Level Entities
      Section 9.3.  Script Object's Run Handler
      Section 9.4.  Handler Calls
      Section 9.5.  Script Objects as Values
      Section 9.6.  Compiled Script Files as Script Objects
      Section 9.7.  Inheritance
        Chapter 10.  Objects
      Section 10.1.  Class
      Section 10.2.  Target
      Section 10.3.  Get
      Section 10.4.  It
      Section 10.5.  Me
      Section 10.6.  Properties and Elements
      Section 10.7.  Element Specifiers
      Section 10.8.  Properties of Multiple References
      Section 10.9.  Object String Specifier
        Chapter 11.  References
      Section 11.1.  References as Incantations
      Section 11.2.  Creating a Reference
      Section 11.3.  Identifying References
      Section 11.4.  Dereferencing a Reference
      Section 11.5.  Creating References to Local Variables
      Section 11.6.  Reference as Parameter
        Chapter 12.  Control
      Section 12.1.  Branching
      Section 12.2.  Looping
      Section 12.3.  Tell
      Section 12.4.  Using Terms From
      Section 12.5.  With
      Section 12.6.  Considering/Ignoring
      Section 12.7.  Errors
      Section 12.8.  Second-Level Evaluation
        Chapter 13.  Datatypes
      Section 13.1.  Boolean
      Section 13.2.  Integer, Real, and Number
      Section 13.3.  Date
      Section 13.4.  String
      Section 13.5.  Unicode Text
      Section 13.6.  Styled Text
      Section 13.7.  File
      Section 13.8.  Alias
      Section 13.9.  Application
      Section 13.10.  Machine
      Section 13.11.  Data
      Section 13.12.  List
      Section 13.13.  Record
        Chapter 14.  Coercions
      Section 14.1.  Implicit Coercion
      Section 14.2.  Explicit Coercion
      Section 14.3.  Boolean Coercions
      Section 14.4.  String, Number and Date Coercions
      Section 14.5.  File Coercions
      Section 14.6.  List Coercions
      Section 14.7.  Unit Conversions
        Chapter 15.  Operators
      Section 15.1.  Arithmetic Operators
      Section 15.2.  Boolean Operators
      Section 15.3.  Comparison Operators
      Section 15.4.  Containment Operators
      Section 15.5.  Concatenation Operator
      Section 15.6.  Parentheses
      Section 15.7.  Who Performs an Operation
        Chapter 16.  Global Properties
      Section 16.1.  Strings
      Section 16.2.  Numbers
      Section 16.3.  Miscellaneous
        Chapter 17.  Constants
      true, false
      yes, no, ask
      missing value
      null
      plain, bold, italic, outline, shadow, underline, superscript, subscript, strikethrough, small caps, all caps, all lowercase, condensed, expanded, hidden
      case, diacriticals, white space, hyphens, expansion, punctuation
      application responses
      current application
      Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
      January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
        Chapter 18.  Commands
      Section 18.1.  Application Commands
      Section 18.2.  Logging Commands
    Part III:  AppleScript In Action
        Chapter 19.  Dictionaries
      Section 19.1.  Resolution of Terminology
      Section 19.2.  Resolution Difficulties
      Section 19.3.  What's in a Dictionary
      Section 19.4.  The 'aeut' Resource
      Section 19.5.  Inadequacies of the Dictionary
        Chapter 20.  Scripting Additions
      Section 20.1.  Pros and Cons of Scripting Additions
      Section 20.2.  Scripting Additions and Speed
      Section 20.3.  Classic Scripting Additions
      Section 20.4.  Loading Scripting Additions
      Section 20.5.  Standard Scripting Addition Commands
        Chapter 21.  Scriptable Applications
      Section 21.1.  Targeting Scriptable Applications
      Section 21.2.  Some Scriptable Applications
        Chapter 22.  Unscriptable Applications
      Section 22.1.  Getting Started with Accessibility
      Section 22.2.  GUI Scripting Examples
        Chapter 23.  Unix
      Section 23.1.  Do Shell Script
      Section 23.2.  Osascript
        Chapter 24.  Writing Applications
      Section 24.1.  Applets
      Section 24.2.  Digital Hub Scripting
      Section 24.3.  Folder Actions
      Section 24.4.  CGI Application
      Section 24.5.  AppleScript Studio
    Part IV:  Appendixes
        Appendix A.  The 'aeut' Resource
        Appendix B.  Tools and Resources
      Section B.1.  Scripting Software
      Section B.2.  Other Software Mentioned in This Book
      Section B.3.  Apple Documentation
      Section B.4.  Portals, Instruction, and Repositories
      Section B.5.  Mailing Lists
      Section B.6.  Books
      Section B.7.  Unix Scripting
   Colophon
   Index
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