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by Jerry Lee Ford Jr.
Publisher: Course Technology PTR; 1 edition (July 31, 2007)
Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 1 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
AppleScript is a high-level scripting language that comes free on the Mac platform. This handy scripting language adds functionality to the Mac operating system by automating tasks and adding functions to your Mac. If you are new to programming with AppleScript and are looking for a solid introduction, this is the book for you. Developed by computer science professors, books in the for the absolute beginner series teach the principles of programming through simple game creation. AppleScript Programming for the Absolute Beginner provides you with the programming skills that you need and shows you how to put these skills to use in real-world scenarios. Best of all, by the time you finish the book, you will be able to apply the basic principles you've learned to the next programming language you tackle.
Jerry Lee Ford, Jr. is an author, educator, and an IT professional with 17 years of experience in information technology, including roles as an automation analyst, technical manager, technical support analyst, automation engineer and security analyst. Jerry has a Masters in Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Jerry is also the author or co-author of 18 books including Microsoft Visual Basic 2005 Express Edition Programming for the Absolute Beginner, Microsoft WSH and VBScript Programming for the Absolute Beginner, and Microsoft Windows Shell Script Programming for the Absolute Beginner. He has over five years experience as an adjunct instructor teaching networking courses in Information Technology. Jerry lives in Hanover, Virginia with his wife, Mary, and their children Alexander, William, and Molly.
This book was an excellent introduction to Applescripting. Personally, I didn't care too much for the "game" creating format that the author used, but the bottom line is that his scripts are well written and easy to follow. I found the "Challenges" at the end of each chapter particularly useful in teaching me how to write scripts.
My only disappointment, and this was no fault of the author's, was the last chapter on xcode. Since it's printing, Apple has changed the format of xcode, so much so, that I found it impossible to go through the last chapter. Consequently, I just gave up.
I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in a solid introduction to Applescript.