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By Stephen G. Kochan

What's this ebook approximately? aimed toward programmers without previous improvement wisdom, starting AppleScript serves as a accomplished consultant to utilizing AppleScript at the Mac OS X platform. This name introduces the reader to AppleScript, after which illustrates easy methods to successfully begin writing scripts via pattern courses as every one inspiration is brought. workouts on the finish of every bankruptcy let the reader to check and reveal their wisdom on the best way to write useful scripts. The appendices comprise a listing of different assets for extra developer details, and a precis of the language compatible for reference.

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Try It Out Saving Your First Program Even though this was an extremely simple first program, you should save it anyway. 1. Go to the menu bar at the top of your screen and choose File ➪ Save. A dialog box like the one shown in Figure 1-6 appears. 11 Chapter 1 Figure 1-6 2. Your dialog box may look a little different based on the files stored on your system and which version of OS X you’re running. In any case, in the box labeled Save As, replace the name Untitled with a more meaningful name such as My First AppleScript Program.

Run your program containing this command, and you should get a dialog that looks like the one shown in Figure 1-14. The actual button you select should appear in the Result pane, as previously described. Figure 1-14 You may have noticed that most standard dialogs on the Mac have a default button. A default button is one that is highlighted to indicate what will be selected if you press the Return key. 3. Make the default button the third button in the list, which is labeled Blue. You can write either display dialog “Pick a color” buttons { “Red”, “Yellow”, “Blue” } default button 3 or display dialog “Pick a color” buttons { “Red”, “Yellow”, “Blue” } default button “Blue” 4.

The list in this program contains just one item, which is the character string “OK”. You can include additional items in a list by placing them inside the curly braces and separating one item from the next with a comma. For example, here is a list containing seven strings: { “Sun”, “Mon”, “Tue”, “Wed”, “Thu”, “Fri”, “Sat” } And here is a list containing three numbers: { 1, 2, 3 } Finally, because lists can contain just about anything, here’s one that contains a string and three numbers: { “DOB”, 8, 8, 1986 } 18 Writing Your First AppleScript Program Changing the Labels on a Button Your program does not have to have a button labeled OK.

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