A nice bit of syntax

Geoff Canyon gcanyon at gmail.com
Tue Feb 24 07:02:40 CET 2015


On Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 5:29 PM, Bob Sneidar <bobsneidar at iotecdigital.com>
wrote:

> the severe downside to Applescript is trying to decipher what those damned
> application dictionaries are asking you to do


This is my severe soapbox -- so many people describe AppleScript itself as
difficult, or poorly documented, or obscure, but what they are referring to
is exactly what you describe: bad and unclear app dictionaries. Of course,
since AppleScript is conceived of and mostly used as a glue language, it's
disingenuous of me to speak as if bad dictionaries aren't AppleScript's,
and ultimately Apple's, fault. But it still bugs me when people generalize
to saying AppleScript's own syntax is complex or confusing, especially
since those same people tend to lump together all vaguely english-like
languages, bringing this back on topic.


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