AppleScript Language Guide by Apple Computer Inc

By Apple Computer Inc

This ebook is a necessary reference for an individual utilizing AppleScript to switch current scripts or write new ones. It offers many pattern scripts and discusses complicated subject matters comparable to writing command handlers for script purposes, the scope of script variables and homes declared at varied degrees in a script, and inheritance and delegation between script gadgets.

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Objects: ... disk file folder ... window ... Commands and objects in the dictionary resource In addition to the terms defined in application dictionaries, AppleScript includes its own standard terms. Unlike the terms in application dictionaries, the standard AppleScript terms are always available. You can use these terms (such as If, Tell, and First) anywhere in a script. This guide describes the standard terms provided by AppleScript. The words in system and application dictionaries are known as reserved words.

You cannot define your own constants; constants can be defined only by applications and AppleScript. Data 3 A value of class Data is data returned by an application (in response to a command) that does not belong to any of the other value classes defined in this chapter. A value of class Data is raw data that can only be stored in a variable. For more information on raw data, see “Raw Data in Parameters” (page 120). PROPERTY Class The class identifier for the object. This property is read-only, and its value varies depending on the application.

You can spell out the day of the week, month, or date. You can also use standard three-letter abbreviations for the day and month. When you compile a script, AppleScript displays date and time values according to the format specified in the Date & Time control panel. For more information on arithmetic operations you can perform on dates and times, see “Date-Time Arithmetic” (page 233). For a description of how AppleScript handles century’s end dates such as the year 2000, see “Working With Dates at Century Boundaries” (page 235).

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