AppleScript Training

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AppleScript is an easy-to-use scripting language that allows you to control applications on a Macintosh. With AppleScript, you can speed up processes, reduce user error, and ensure consistency. It also enables automated workflow and routine tasks, unattended operation 24 hours a day, and even cross-platform scripting. Author Ben Waldie carefully explains all of these capabilities and more in this Virtual Training Company tutorial. You can begin learning right away by clicking one of the links below.

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  About this CD (01:23)
  What is AppleScript? (00:46)
  What is AppleScript good for? (01:45)
  Companies using AppleScript (01:05)
  What is installed with AppleScript? (01:15)
AppleScript Basics
  What is an Apple Event? (00:55)
  What is OSA? (00:30)
  What is Object Oriented? (01:02)
  Scripting vs. Programming (00:47)
  Different Types of Scripts (01:43)
  Scriptable Applications (02:05)
Introduction to the Script Editor
  What is the Script Editor and where is it located? (02:05)
  Buttons (02:24)
  Event Log (01:18)
  Result Window (01:18)
  AppleScript formatting (02:10)
  Default window size (01:04)
  Saving a Script (04:03)
  Running a Script (01:04)
  Application Dictionaries (03:23)
  Vocabulary (02:37)
  Scripting Addition Dictionaries (05:51)
  Application terminology vs. Core Language (02:53)
  Recordable applications (02:43)
  Recording (03:07)
  Recording vs. writing (05:12)
AppleScript Fundamentals (Part 1)
  AppleScripts Syntax (00:42)
  Statements (01:14)
  Commands (00:32)
  Expressions (00:41)
  Objects (00:48)
  Ways to refer to an object (02:41)
  Object properties (03:07)
Tell Statements
  Tell statements (01:21)
  Nested tell statements (01:05)
  Cross network tell statements (01:47)
AppleScript Fundamentals (Part 2)
  Get (01:00)
  Set (02:06)
  Data types and classes (05:42)
  Coercion (03:08)
  What is a variable? (03:40)
  It and Me (01:51)
  Global and Local variables (06:59)
  Result variable (03:42)
AppleScript Fundamentals (Part 3)
  Operators (03:59)
  Commenting (03:49)
  Continuation (02:15)
  If/then/else statements (04:24)
  Repeat loops (05:51)
  Repeat loop example (03:27)
Scripting applications
  Activating an application (02:38)
  Quark Xpress Demo (06:00)
Finder scripting
  Finder as an application (01:02)
  Finder objects (00:59)
  Recording Finder Scripts (01:53)
  Path names and aliases (06:09)
  Finder Demo 1 (04:38)
  Finder Demo 2 (04:13)
User interaction
  Display dialog (05:19)
  Getting user entered text (07:17)
  Choose file (02:48)
  Choose folder (01:06)
  Choose application (01:56)
  Drag and drop (05:04)
Error Handling
  Compile errors (02:20)
  Try/on error/end try (06:47)
  Beeps and Display Dialogs (03:25)
  Timeouts: (01:07)
  Using the Result Window and Event Log (02:44)
  Stopping a Script with an error number -128 (04:19)
  Commenting out lines (02:46)
AppleScript Fundamentals (Part 4)
  Stopping a Script (00:46)
  Properties (02:54)
  Attachable applications (05:06)
  Handlers (02:38)
  Declaring values in handlers (04:18)
  Suoutine handlers and Command Handlers (01:57)
  Recursion (11:52)
  Calling handlers from other Scripts (03:44)
Script objects
  Writing Script objects (02:39)
  Running Script objects (02:50)
  Loading Script objects (03:32)
High powered Scripting
  Accessing Hidden capabilities of Applications (05:21)
  Scripting Additions and Faceless Applications (03:41)
  3rd party scripting applications (02:46)
  What to do when an application is not Scriptable (07:22)
  Debugging complex scripts with 3rd party tools (03:56)
  Building applications with FaceSpan (02:01)
  System Scripting Tools (04:12)
Other uses for AppleScript
  Scripting for the web, CGI (10:08)
  Scriptable Speech (02:55)
Getting started
  AppleScript books (02:29)
  AppleScript classes (01:32)
  Web sites (03:30)
  Help modules (01:20)
  About this Author (01:20)

Title Information / Pricing

Title: AppleScript
Author: Ben Waldie
SKU: 33137
ISBN: 1889347477
Release Date: 2000-05-12
Duration: 6 hrs / 97 lessons
Work Files: Yes
Captions: No
Compatibility: Vista/XP/2000, OS X, Linux
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