Most Mac users, especially those coming from the Windows camp, don't realize that Mac OS X comes with AppleScript, a free, easy-to-use, "natural language," scripting language. These scripts can tie together actions from Mac applications, Unix commands, the Finder and other code.
To boost the understanding of this language and its tools for beginners and pros, Peachpit Press this week announced the release of AppleScript 1-2-3, a new book that offers step-by-step guidance for making scripts and using them to improve your productivity.
AppleScript 1-2-3 is by Sal Soghoian, Apple's product Manager for automation technologies, and Bill Cheeseman, a longtime scripting guru, when he's not being a lawyer. The articles are based on their seminars presented over the years at Macworld Expo.
The book will be on shelves and Amazon this month, and no doubt at the publisher's booth at Macworld Expo.
You can check out the first chapter online at Apple's scripting site.