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Table Of Contents

AppleScript: Description (Apple Tech Info Library)
AppleScript: What Apple Event Manager Does (Apple Tech Info Library)
AppleScript: Editor Cursor Flashes Left of Mouse Clicks (Apple Tech Info Library)
AppleScript: Using AppleScript Documentation (Apple Tech Info Library)
System 7.5: Scriptable Finder Overview (Apple Tech Info Library)
ScriptWizard 1.0 (MacWorld)
Scripter 1.0 is top AppleScript editor and debugger (MacWeek)
FaceSpan 2.0 (MacWorld)
Script Debugger 1.0 (MacWorld)
Script Debugger 1.0 (MacWeek)
Introduction to Apple Events (Claris)
CGI and AppleScript (Dr. Dobb's Journal)
An Intro to AppleScript (Hong Kong Mac User Group)
Look out AppleScript, there's a new Frontier (MacWeek)

AppleScript: Description

Source:      Apple Tech Info Library
Date:        1/12/95
      
An introduction to AppleScript from the Apple Tech Info Library

AppleScript: What Apple Event Manager Does

Source:      Apple Tech Info Library
Date:        1/12/95
      
Brief explanation of the Apple Event Manager.

AppleScript: Editor Cursor Flashes Left of Mouse Click

Source:      Apple Tech Info Library
Date:        1/12/95
      
Explains a bug that occurs in the Apple Script Editor when using System 7.5 
on a Power Macintosh.

AppleScript: Using AppleScript Documentation

Source:      Apple Tech Info Library
Date:        1/18/95
      
This article contains the Using AppleScript Documentation supplied with 
versions of AppleScript shipped as part of the Macintosh Operating System.

System 7.5: Scriptable Finder Overview

Source:      Apple Tech Info Library
Date:        2/14/95
      
This article provides an overview of the scriptable Finder in System 7.5.

ScriptWizard 1.0

Source:      MacWorld
Author:      Tim Warner
Date:        January 1995
      
ScriptWizard adds Find-and-Replace and some debugging features, but is 
slow and riddled with small problems.
(ScriptWeb note: Version 1.5 is substantially improved.)

Scripter 1.0 is top AppleScript editor and debugger

Source:      MacWEEK
Author:      Don Crabb
Date:        6/12/95
      
Scripter 1.0 appeals to both experienced and novice scriptors and can be 
used to write scripts with FaceSpan 2.0, the interface builder from 
Software Designs Unlimited.

FaceSpan 2.0

Source:      MacWorld
Author:      Tim Warner
Date:        November 1995
      
FaceSpan allows the user to create stand-alone applications using AppleScript. 
FaceSpan 2.0 now comes with Drag & Drop support, tables and storage objects, 
but has only limited printing support.

Script Debugger 1.0

Source:      MacWorld
Author:      Charles Seiter
Date:        November 1995
      
Charles Seiter likes the interface and functionality of Script Debugger, but 
misses some debugging features.
(ScriptWeb note: there is an easy workaround for the one key missing feature.)

Script Debugger 1.0

Source:      MacWeek
Author:      Avi Rappoport and Ed Allen
Date:        11/13/95
      
Script Debugger is a complete scripting environment that is recordable and 
attachable. Included is a collection of useful scripting additions. The only 
serious problem that the authors see is the lack of local variable display 
during debugging.
(ScriptWeb note: there is an easy workaround.)

Don Crabb wrote an online review, where he compares Script Debugger 
with Scripter. Mark Alldritt (the author of Script Debugger and president of 
Late Night Software) wrote a letter to MacWEEK in response to that online review.

Introduction to Apple Events

Source:      Claris
      
A nice general introduction (which happens to be part of the excellent 
Apple events reference for FileMaker).  Claris ships it in database form 
with FileMaker and recently (?) created this web version.

CGI and AppleScript

Source:      Dr. Dobb's Journal (Nov. '95 or Jan/Feb '96, you decide)
Author:      Cal Simone
      
"In this article, I begin by discussing the principal aspects of the Macintosh 
as an Internet platform, and then describe how you can use the AppleScript 
language for writing CGI applications that run on Macintosh servers, and 
end with a quick look at alternatives to AppleScript."

An Intro to AppleScript

Source:      September 1994 edition of the Hong Kong Mac User Group
Author:      John Blackburne
      
A nice introduction.

Look out AppleScript, there's a new Frontier

Source:      MacWeek (San Francisco MacWorld Expo Daily Edition)
Authors:     Christopher Hall and Carey Tews
Date:        1/11/96
      
"Every Mac scriptor should take a look at the new Frontier. Compared with 
AppleScript, it provides a richer, better-documented language, better 
integration with other applications, greater Power Mac performance and a 
built-in database. With all these features, Frontier has earned a permanent 
place in our desktop arsenal."

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