Re: Applescript

2002-12-29 Thread Jeff Walther
Date: Fri, 27 Dec 2002 22:32:23 -0500
From: the pickle [EMAIL PROTECTED]

If you're going to be learning something from scratch, you might be best off
downloading MacPerl and using that.  Perl was built from the ground up as a
text-handling language and from what little experience I have with it (writing
the serial number decoder for the early Macs for the FAQ), I'd say it's
*perfect* for what you want to do.

Perl is perfect for most things.  After all, it is the Pathologically 
Eclectic Rubbish Lister.  :-)

Jeff Walther


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Re: Applescript

2002-12-27 Thread KADaggett
My Reply follows quote. On 27/12/2002 02:18 [EMAIL PROTECTED] 
said:  

From:  [EMAIL PROTECTED] (Don)

Greetings friends;

I just wanted to check in with y'all and ask about applescript.

I have never used it and would like to know some details about
how it works.

BIG SNIP

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You ask a lot of detailed questions and the short answer is Applescript 
may be able to do what you want.

However, Applescript is a programming language, so that is like saying 
Basic may be able to do what you want.

It depends on a couple of things. First, the scriptability of the 
application in which you are trying to accomplish the task. Mac 
applications have certain functions built in that may be accessible via 
Applescript. Some are very rudementary (open, close, print) and others 
are extensive, allowing you to do almost anything you are clever enough 
to develop.

What you are asking for is essentially a text (or string) manipulation. 
Most text processors will have this capability via Applescript.

I found that the best way to understand the basics of Applescript is to 
pick apart scripts built by others and figure out ways to change their 
behavior. The same way I learned the basics of Basic (?? redundant) with 
my first Apple ][.

In short, if you can do some programming, you can probably do 
Applescript. It has some peculiar syntax, but what programming language 
doesn't?

Learning keeps the grey matter from turning to stone!

Ken

Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.


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Re: Applescript

2002-12-27 Thread the pickle
At 05:18 + on 27/12/02, Don wrote:

I just wanted to check in with y'all and ask about applescript.

I have never used it and would like to know some details about
how it works.

If you're going to be learning something from scratch, you might be best off
downloading MacPerl and using that.  Perl was built from the ground up as a
text-handling language and from what little experience I have with it (writing
the serial number decoder for the early Macs for the FAQ), I'd say it's
*perfect* for what you want to do.
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