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Jun 14, 2012, 01:21 PM
Hi all - -

A life-long Mac devotee, I am finally getting around to learning the basics of programming.

I want to start off with AppleScript and Automoator - - so my question is, what resources does anyone recommend for learning these two?

I am familiar with Java already, so programing basics are not a problem. I am really looking for a good place to get all the syntax and conventions, plus some good examples, ideally all in one place.

saw a bunch of books on amazon - not sure what is good and what is not
also saw vast resources within Apple's site but would REALLY appreciate any guidance to narrow it down - what should I focus on FIRST.



sorry - forgot to say that the MacRumors' link to the Applescript page at the top of THIS page appears to be broken - - I dug around apple.com/developer a little today and am not seeing applescript section (perhaps I need more digging, but my point is - what is the BEST place to start to get an overview?)

THANKS again

Jun 14, 2012, 01:44 PM


The first two books on the second link are ok. Look up the authors for more info.

Jun 14, 2012, 01:54 PM
The MacRumors link (http://guides.macrumors.com/AppleScript) works for me. That page contains links to dead apple.com pages, but that's not the same as saying the MacRumors link is broken.

Google search terms:
applescript site:developer.apple.com

Those terms perform a site-specific search for the word applescript. The site is specified as developer.apple.com in order to find developer docs, as distinct from marketing literature (apple.com), mailing-lists (lists.apple.com), or discussion forums (discussions.apple.com).

The top two search results are AppleScript Overview (https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/#documentation/AppleScript/Conceptual/AppleScriptX/AppleScriptX.html) and AppleScript Language Guide (https://developer.apple.com/library/mac/#documentation/applescript/conceptual/applescriptlangguide/reference/ASLR_classes.html%23//apple_ref/doc/uid/TP40000983-CH1g-246384). The AppleScript Overview has a section heading entitled Automator, with links to Automator docs.

Jun 14, 2012, 02:02 PM
yes - sorry about "broken link" comment - - the MacRumors link does work - just the apple side that is doing something else now.

thanks for the suggestions - will look them over - much appreciated.