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Scripting Syntax

As much as I wish it were possible to teach everyone the basics of programming in a single hour, it just isn’t feasible. This section, therefore, is of most interest to those who know a little about using programming languages—and even then, there’s much more information available about AppleScript than can be covered in this hour.

Describing the AppleScript syntax to a programmer familiar with languages such as REALbasic or C isn’t as straightforward as you might think. AppleScript uses an entirely different programming model based on an English-like structure that, after a few minutes of use, leaves the programmer feeling as though he is having a deep, intellectual conversation with his computer. I highly recommend that you look through the scripts that Apple includes in the /Library/Scripts directory and use them as a basis for building your own creations.


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