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Chapter 21. AppleScript

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With the BSD subsystem, Mac OS X has become scriptable using very low-level components of the operating system. You might be surprised to learn, however, that the Macintosh has been scriptable for almost ten years, through a feature called AppleScript. AppleScript is often referred to as Apple's best-kept secret—it is a command line buried beneath many of the Mac's popular applications, including the Finder. Not surprisingly, Mac OS X integrates AppleScript into the operating system and provides access to the technology from both Carbon and Cocoa applications.

This chapter uncovers the mystery of using AppleScript and introduces the syntax and tools a user can employ to take control of his or her system at an entirely new level.


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