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21.4. Learning More

Let's face it: These few pages can't teach you AppleScript. If you've already done some scripting, they may have given you a few glimmers into some of the particulars of Office 2004. If you've never written a single line of code, you may have gleaned a sense of the exciting power and possibilities of AppleScript. If this chapter has whetted your appetite to learn to write scripts of your own, there are lots of books that can teach you, some of which are listed below. And consider joining the AppleScript-Users mailing list (URL below) to ask questions when you're stuck.

Part of the versatility of AppleScript—and also one of its oddities—is that every application has its own unique "dialect." Each has its own vocabulary defined in its own dictionary, and its own syntax peculiarities too, sometimes defined nowhere. General AppleScript books don't help much with that aspect: Where they touch on application scripting, it's mostly just a few basic Apple applications such as Address Book and iTunes. With the exception of Entourage, Office scripts are extremely unorthodox since they mirror the VBA model, not a usual AppleScript model. Their scripting can be daunting even for those of you fully up to speed on AppleScript.


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