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#1 Tony Pyles

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Posted 08 January 2014 - 12:53 PM

A number of you here on the forum seem to have a fairly good idea what you are doing with AppleScript, and occasionally when I've had a query that scripting could help solve, you have (graciously) responded by assuming I know at least some basics of scripting and how to implement your suggestions. I would love to! But I have done virtually nothing even with Automator, let alone AppleScript.


So, for those of you who use these, both for Accordance and for various other things in OSX, what would be the best way to cut my teeth on these? Web resources, training-wheels projects, recommendations on where to start, that sort of thing.


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Posted 08 January 2014 - 01:23 PM

I can recommend the following book as a good tool:

Apple Training Series: AppleScript 1-2-3 (Looks like the hard copy is out of stock on Amazon but the kindle version is what I have)


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Posted 08 January 2014 - 09:15 PM

Hi Tony,


  This is the language guide for it : https://developer.ap...ASLR_intro.html. There's a PDF of it somewhere too because I have a copy. Its not the most user friendly but it helps. There is also this crew http://macosxautomat...rial/index.html who I've used a little. The content is apparently from the book Joey notes above. I also used an older book on AS but I've loaned that out and don't recall its name.




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Posted 09 January 2014 - 03:17 PM

The one by Sal that Joey mentioned is a good one. I've also used and liked Learn AppleScript: The Comprehensive Guide to Scripting and Automation on Mac OS X. It's well written and introduces new concepts slowly.

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