I’ve been struggling for a very long time now to learn AppleScript. Everyone seems to claim that it’s the easiest thing in the world to learn, but that has never been my experience. Most of what I have learned has come from Doug Adams most excellent AppleScripts for Tex-Edit Plus, which has ready-made scripts, how-to sections and a vast supply of good stuff.
Finally though I’ve discovered The AppleScript Sourcebook – AppleScript for Absolute Starters primer by Bert Altenburg for beginners just learning AppleScript (AS4AS for Mac OS X 10.2 in PDF format, free).
It makes sense. It starts at the beginning. It covers such things as tell statements, variables, strings, delimiters, dialog boxes and various other topics. Bert doesn’t show you how to do fancy, complex things like scripting your web browser to connect and download pages and store them in a folder. Instead you learn the kinds of tiny tasks we all need: putting up a dialog box to ask a question and being able to use the result; storing a few words in a variable and using them later.
That was a happy evening’s reading. I now feel I have a starting point for further exploration. At last! Now I can move on to the other sections of Bert’s site — Tips, techniques and more.