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Table of Contents

AppleScript Language Guide
AppleScript Finder Guide
AppleScript Scripting Additions Guide
Inside Macintosh: Interapplication Communication
The Tao of AppleScript
Danny Goodman's AppleScript Handbook
Applied Mac Scripting
AppleScript for Dummies
Scripting the Scriptable Finder
Ultimate Mac Programming
QuarkXPress Unleashed

AppleScript Language Guide, English Dialect

Author:      Apple Computer
Publisher:   Addison-Wesley
ISBN:        0-201-40910-0
Year:        1994
Pages:       380 pages
Price:       $29.95
Comments:    Part of the AppleScript Developers Kit

The AppleScript Language Guide is a very good reference manual and contains 
information not found in other AppleScript books. 

AppleScript Finder Guide, English Dialect

Author:      Apple Computer
Publisher:   Addison-Wesley
ISBN:        ISBN 0-201-40910-0
Year:        1994
Pages:       154 pages
Price:       $19.95
Comments:    Part of the AppleScript Developers Kit

The AppleScript Finder Guide is a reference manual for Finder objects and
commands. A useful resource for some of the more obscure features. 

AppleScript Scripting Additions Guide, English Dialect

Author:      Apple Computer
Publisher:   Addison-Wesley
ISBN:        0-201-40736-1
Year:        1994
Pages:       116 pages
Price:       $18.95
Comments:    Part of the AppleScript Developers Kit

The AppleScript Scripting Additions Guide explains the Scripting Additions 
that come with AppleScript and has a chapter on writing them.

Inside Macintosh: Interapplication Communication

Author:      Apple Computer
Publisher:   Addison-Wesley
ISBN:        0-201-62200-9
Year:        1993
Pages:       
Price:       $36.95
Comments:    contained on the AppleScript Developers Kit CD

A detailed reference manual about the inner workings of AppleScript 
(Open Scripting Architecture, Apple Events, etc.).

The Tao of AppleScript, 2nd Edition

Author:      Derrick Schneider
Publisher:   Hayden Books
ISBN:        1-56830-115-4
Year:        1994
Pages:       387 pages
Price:       $29.95
Disk:        AppleScript, popular scripting additions and scripting utilities, 
             sample scripts

This book has a conversational style, and is aimed mostly at those with no 
prior programming experience. 


Danny Goodman's AppleScript Handbook

Author:      Danny Goodman
Publisher:   Random House
ISBN:        ISBN 0-679-75806-2
Year:        1994
Pages:       554 pages
Price:       $39
Disk:        TableServer(TM), several scripting addition collections,
             sample scripts
Comments:    1st Edition was called The Complete AppleScript Handbook

A complete introduction and reference. Includes a well-written chapter about 
scripting of third-party applications. The AppleScript Quick Reference from the 
appendix is also available as AppleGuide.

Applied Mac Scripting

Author:      Tom Trinko
Publisher:   M&T Books
ISBN:        1-55828-330-7
Year:        1995
Pages:       877 pages
Price:       $34.95
Disk:        AppleScript 1.1, Frontier Runtime, demo versions of several 
             other automation tools (on CD-ROM)
Comments:    The ISBN is correct, but may point to another, never-published 
             book. If you have trouble ordering it from your local store, 
             you can order direct from the publisher.

The only book that covers Frontier in addition to AppleScript. Applied Mac 
Scripting won an Award of Excellence from the Digital Imaging Association as 
"Most Useful Book for Service Bureaus". Stephen Jovanovic wrote an online review 
of the book.

AppleScript for Dummies

Author:      Tom Trinko
Publisher:   IDG Books
ISBN:        1-56884-975-3
Year:        1995
Pages:       396 pages
Price:       $19.99 USA $26.99 Canada £18.99 UK

This book is a quick reference for experienced programmers and an easy to use 
introduction for non-programmers. If you've never even written a HyperCard 
script you'll still be able to master scripting once you've worked through 
this book. It has tons of examples including how to script applications such 
as Word, Quark Express, America Online, Excel, FileMaker Pro, the Finder, 
and DeltaGraph Pro. Some information about the Scriptable Finder commands didn't
make it into the book.

Scripting the Scriptable Finder

Author:      Steve Michel
Publisher:   Ultimate Mac Programming
Author:      Dave Mark
Publisher:   IDG Books
ISBN:        1-56884-195-7
Year:        1994
Pages:       575 pages
Price:       $39.95
Disk:        AppleScript, CodeWarrior Demo, Programming utilities and demos,
             sample code (on CD-ROM)

This book gives an introduction into Apple Events, the Open Scripting
Architecture and Finder scripting. The appendix has reprints of
several develop and MacTech articles relevant to Scripting.

QuarkXPress Unleashed

Author:      Brad Walrod
Publisher:   Random House
ISBN:        0-67979-164-7
Year:        
Pages:       491 pages
Price:       $40

This book describes advanced techniques and useful XTensions, with an 
excellent chapter on scripting QuarkXPress. (The step-by-step example is 
in Frontier's UserTalk, but much of the commentary will be very useful 
to an AppleScripter.) 
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