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AppleScripting

Course Overview


AppleScript class is now available for Mac OS X! The class covers AppleScript basics and scripting FileMaker Pro, iView MediaPro, and InDesign. The optional third day emphasizes more in-depth learning and advanced AppleScript techniques, and covers scripting the OS X Finder - the application that controls your Macintosh. To Learn: * How to begin working with AppleScript * AppleScript fundamentals: commands, objects, dictionaries, variables, conditional statements, repeat loops, tell statements, the object model, elements, properties, subroutines, and more! * How to script the OS X Finder, FileMaker Pro, iView MediaPro, InDesign and other scriptable applications * How to use AppleScript to join applications together to create powerful software automation solutions

Course Content


  • Overview of AppleScript
    • Conventions Used in This Guide
    • What Is AppleScript?
    • What Makes AppleScript Special?
    • Who Runs Scripts and Who Writes Them?
    • What Applications Are Scriptable?
    • What Can You Do With Scripts?
    • Automating Activities
    • Integrating Applications
    • Customizing Applications and Automating Workflows
    • How AppleScript Works
    • Statements
    • Commands and Objects
    • Dictionaries
    • Values and Constants
    • Expressions
    • Operations
    • Variables
    • Script Objects
    • Scripting Additions
    • Dialects
    • Other Features and Language Elements
    • Continuation Characters
    • Comments
    • Identifiers
    • Case Sensitivity
    • Abbreviations
    • Compiling Scripts With the Script Editor
    • Debugging Scripts
  • Values and Constants
    • Using Value Class Definitions
    • Literal Expressions
    • Properties
    • Elements
    • Operators
    • Commands Handled
    • Reference Forms
    • Coercions Supported
    • Common Value Class Definitions
    • Boolean
    • Class
    • Constant
    • Data
    • Date
    • Integer
    • List
    • Number
    • Real
    • Record
    • Reference
    • String
    • Styled Text
    • Text
    • Unicode Text and International Text
    • Unit Type Value Classes
    • AppleScript Unit Types by Category
    • Working With Unit Type Value Classes
    • Other Value Classes
    • File Specification
    • RGB Color
    • Coercing Values
    • Constants
    • Arithmetic Constants
    • Boolean Constants
    • Considering and Ignoring Attributes
    • Date and Time Constants
    • Miscellaneous Script Constants
    • Save Option Constants
    • String Constants
    • Text Style Constants
    • Version Constant
  • Commands
    • Types of Commands
    • Application Commands
    • AppleScript Commands
    • Scripting Addition Commands
    • Target
    • Name Conflicts
    • User-Defined Commands
    • Using Command Definitions
    • Syntax
    • Parameters
    • Result
    • Examples
    • Errors
    • Using Parameters
    • Coercion of Parameters
    • Parameters That Specify Locations
    • Raw Data in Parameters
    • Using Results
    • Viewing a Result in the Script Editors Result Window
    • Using the Predefined Result Variable
    • Double Angle Brackets in Results and Scripts
    • When a Dictionary Is Not Available
    • When AppleScript Displays Data in Raw Format
    • Entering Script Information in Raw Format
    • Sending Raw Apple Events From a Script
    • Command Definitions
    • Close
    • Copy
    • Count
    • Delete
    • Duplicate
    • Exists
    • Get
    • Launch
    • Make
    • Move
    • Open
    • Print
    • Quit
    • Reopen
    • Run
    • Save
    • Set
  • Objects and References
    • Object Class Definitions
    • Properties
    • Element Classes
    • Default Value Class Returned
    • References
    • Containers
    • Complete and Partial References
    • Reference Forms
    • Arbitrary Element
    • Every Element
    • Filter
    • ID
    • Index
    • Middle Element
    • Name
    • Property
    • Range
    • Relative
    • Using the Filter Reference Form
    • References to Files and Applications
    • References to Files
    • Specifying a File by Name or Pathname
    • Specifying a File by Reference
    • Specifying a File by Alias
    • Differences Between Files and Aliases
    • Specifying a File by File Specification
    • References to Applications
    • References to Local Applications
    • References to Remote Applications
  • Expressions
    • Results of Expressions
    • Variables
    • Creating Variables
    • Using Variables
    • The A Reference To Operator
    • Data Sharing
    • Scope of Variables
    • Predefined Variables
    • Script Properties
    • Defining Script Properties
    • Using Script Properties
    • Scope of Script Properties
    • AppleScript Properties
    • Reference Expressions
    • Operations
    • Operators That Handle Operands of Various Classes
    • Equal, Is Not Equal To
    • Greater Than, Less Than
    • Starts With, Ends With
    • Contains, Is Contained By
    • Concatenation
    • Operator Precedence
    • Date-Time Arithmetic
    • Working With Dates at Century Boundaries
  • Control Statements
    • Characteristics of Control Statements
    • Debugging Control Statements
    • Tell Statements
    • Nested Tell Statements
    • Using it, me, and my in Tell Statements
    • Tell (Simple Statement)
    • Tell (Compound Statement)
    • If Statements
    • If (Simple Statement)
    • If (Compound Statement)
    • Repeat Statements
    • Repeat (forever)
    • Repeat (number) Times
    • Repeat While
    • Repeat Until
    • Repeat With (loopVariable) From (startValue) To (stopValue)
    • Repeat With (loopVariable) In (list)
    • Exit
    • Try Statements
    • Kinds of Errors
    • How Errors Are Handled
    • Writing a Try Statement
    • Try
    • Signaling Errors in Scripts
    • Error
    • Considering and Ignoring Statements
    • Considering/Ignoring
    • With Timeout Statements
    • With Timeout
    • With Transaction Statements
    • With Transaction
  • Handlers
    • Script Applications
    • About Subroutines
    • The Return Statement
    • A Sample Subroutine
    • Types of Subroutines
    • Scope of Subroutine Calls in Tell Statements
    • Checking the Classes of Subroutine Parameters
    • Recursive Subroutines
    • Saving and Loading Libraries of Subroutines
    • Defining and Calling Subroutines
    • Subroutines With Labeled Parameters
    • Defining a Subroutine With Labeled Parameters
    • Calling a Subroutine With Labeled Parameters
    • Examples of Subroutines With Labeled Parameters
    • Subroutines With Positional Parameters
    • Defining a Subroutine With Positional Parameters
    • Calling a Subroutine With Positional Parameters
    • Examples of Subroutines With Positional Parameters
    • Command Handlers
    • Command Handler Syntax
    • Command Handlers for Application Objects
    • Command Handlers for Script Applications
    • Run Handlers
    • Open Handlers
    • Handlers for Stay-Open Script Applications
    • Idle Handlers
    • Quit Handlers
    • Interrupting a Script Applications Handlers
    • Calling a Script Application From a Script
    • Scope of Script Variables and Properties
    • Declaring Variables and Properties
    • Scope of Properties and Variables Declared at the Top Level of a Script
    • Scope of Properties and Variables Declared in a Script Object
    • Scope of Variables Declared in a Handler
  • Script Objects
    • About Script Objects
    • Defining Script Objects
    • Sending Commands to Script Objects
    • Initializing Script Objects
    • Inheritance and Delegation
    • Defining Inheritance
    • How Inheritance Works
    • The Continue Statement
    • Using Continue Statements to Pass Commands to Applications
    • The Parent Property and the Current Application
    • Using the Copy and Set Commands With Script Objects

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