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Summary

This chapter introduced and explained AppleScript, the high-level command language provided by Apple to let you write your own, customized Macintosh applications without requiring a degree in Computer Science or the patience of Job. AppleScript is a powerful language that can interact with hundreds of Macintosh applications. It even can interact with applications written in other scripting languages, such as Perl or Unix shell scripts.

AppleScript is one of the many Mac OS tools made more powerful by the object orientation of Mac OS X. In addition to all the capabilities described earlier, Mac OS X opens up a whole new world of power due to Unix. The next chapter, “Working with Unix,” goes into more detail about using Unix itself, the Unix command line, installing and running Unix utilities, and making the most of the entire range of OS X’s capabilities.


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