Beginning AppleScript by Stephen G. Kochan

By Stephen G. Kochan

What's this e-book approximately? aimed toward programmers with out previous improvement wisdom, starting AppleScript serves as a finished advisor to utilizing AppleScript at the Mac OS X platform. This name introduces the reader to AppleScript, after which illustrates the way to successfully commence writing scripts via pattern courses as each one inspiration is brought. workouts on the finish of every bankruptcy enable the reader to check and exhibit their wisdom on the right way to write useful scripts. The appendices contain an inventory of different assets for extra developer info, and a precis of the language appropriate for reference.

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The Event Log History, which you work with in the following Try It Out, is useful when you want to go back and examine the results you obtained from prior runs of your program. 35 Chapter 2 Try It Out Using the Event Log History To practice working with the Event Log History, follow these steps: 1. 2. Type the program from the previous Try it Out (“Using the Event Log”). Choose Script Editor ➪ Preferences, and you should see a window like the one shown in Figure 2-5 (you may see a different window if you’ve set Preferences before).

When you go to save your program, Script Editor tries to compile it before saving. In that respect, it forces you to correct any errors before you can save your program to a file. Later, if you want to make changes to your program, you can double-click the file name in the Finder to launch Script Editor with the specified file open. Alternatively, if Script Editor is already running, you can open the file for editing by choosing File ➪ Open. You now know how to start the Script Editor application, type an expression (which represents a complete AppleScript program), compile and run the program, view the results, and save the program to a file.

Type the following program into Script Editor: -- Working with variables set myFirstVar to 1000 get myFirstVar 2. Click the Result tab and run the program. The following output should be displayed in the Result pane: 1000 How It Works The first statement in the program stores the value 1000 in the variable myFirstVar. The next statement uses the get command to retrieve its value. Because this is the last statement executed in the program, it is the value of this statement that gets recorded in the Result pane.

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