ScriptWebGeneral Scripting Info
Every Known Scripting Link
Good news! The number of scripting links is growing. Alas, that and a busy schedule mean that we can no longer afford the time to ensure this page has every known scripting link.
Brent Simmons of Worldwide Power & Light has stepped in to fill the gap, with a searchable Scripting Links Database that contains every ScriptWeb link and many more. If you find one that isn't listed, you can submit it directly. If you would also like it to appear here, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. No guarantees, but we do our best.
We are leaving this page in place since other sites point to it, and because it presents the information in a different format than the search engine. As always, the most important scripting links appear on the main ScriptWeb page (which is mirrored on this site with the outline fully expanded), either at the top level or in one of the subject pages. They are not repeated here.
World Wide Web
This section includes file archives (FTP sites), since they are accessible to the Web.
- Apple promotes scripting as #8 of 20 key advantages over Windows.
- Apple and Joint Solutions print up the Solutions and Multi-Media Guide twice per year to mail to customers, hand out at trade shows, etc. (Except for the list of scriptable apps, each entry is a paid advertisement. That doesn't make it less useful, just less comprehensive.) It has a section on scripting tools. They have a different name for the page; yet another symptom of Apple's stubborn refusal (with rare exceptions) to promote scripting as a category (despite their excellent engineering efforts to create the Open Scripting Architecture).
- Preston Holmes says "I started with Applescript and am now doing more with Frontier." Check out his Scripting Page for useful contributions.
- John Blackburne put his formatted Extract script right on a web page, no download required.
- Eric Iverson's AppleScript Page, including a link to his cool FlyPaper and WebRunner.
- Walter Ian Kaye's AppleScript Page, listing some scripts and utilities he has created.
- John Schettino's new Home Page offers a little bit for AppleScript and alot for the Newton. John is very helpful on AOL's AppleScript section.
- Peter Hinely's Home Page offers PGP and Eudora scripts. (I've received many reports that the link is broken; it works for me! Perhaps the page was down temporarily or is on an unreliable server.)
- Peter also maintains a MacPGP and AppleScript FAQ.
- Octal Publications Ltd. promises information on using AppleScript with FileMaker, but last I checked included only AppleScript utilities and a few links (last updated May '95).
- Jay Hebert has a protest page instead of his AppleScript files (a Telnet tool for SITComm, an OtherMenu script etc., formerly at http://tango.w8hd.org/~jayh/files.html).
- Apple runs 3 mailing lists (2 public, 1 private) on AppleScript. At present, the action is on the original MacScript list (which is not sponsored by Apple), but since this page is "every" link not "the best" links....
- Apple has a page on dynamic languages, with a brief mention of AppleScript. A search in Apple's Technical Information Library will turn up some useful docs.
- If you want to take a class on AppleScript, check out Apple's Developer University Course List. (In the Boston area, contact the Boston Computer Society. If the class isn't listed, call the Mac group and see if it is being offered this month.)
- A new set of links is at The Outpost. The related Frontier Saloon features an interactive FAQ; add your questions (or answers!).
- Erik C. Thauvin of Raven Systems Ltd offers some useful droplets and scripts, including for Claris Emailer.
- From UserLand's original website, four tours of Frontier: the original marketing brochure for Frontier 1.0 (released January 1992), a Scripting Reviewer's Guide produced for Macintosh journalists reviewing Frontier in February 1993, the Nerd's Guide to Frontier for C programmers (written August 1993 for MacTech Magazine's special scripting issue) and new features in Frontier 3.0 (released November 1993).
- Diana Oswald is documenting her ongoing adventures learning and using Frontier, and offering as Chocolateware some useful scripts she is creating along the way.
- Brian Sterling offers his Frontier Stuff, including CodeWarrior 7 glue and a MailingLists Suite for Eudora.
- Cameron Smith of Cutting Edge Technology Services includes some useful scripts such as his enhancement to the NetFrontier suite, a script to read FoxPro files, a useful QuarkXPress script, and his very comprehensive Newspaper Suite.
- Aretha mirror sites (may not include the web docs): Oregon Graduate Institute of Science & Technology, SUNSite Northern Europe, SUNSite Eastern Europe, SUNSite Singapore
Here's a new section: links that relate to a specific application. (Also, don't forget the Scripting Consultants page.)
- Sal's AppleScript Snippets QuarkXPress has very rich support for scripting, with some innovations and some quirks. Sal can definitely help you get started. In addition to free stuff on his website, he has a $39 commercial collection of scripts that will be a big help to anyone scripting QuarkXPress from AppleScript.
- For Frontier QuarkXPress links, see Cameron Smith above.
Key people who have their own web page. (Who am I missing?)
- Dave Winer, primary co-author of Frontier (the first system-level scripting system for Macintosh).
- Jon Pugh, key contributor to AppleScript, PhotoFlash and the MACSCRPT list.
- Danny Goodman, noted author and key contributor on CompuServe and other places scripting is discussed.
Although HyperCard is not an official part of ScriptWeb at the moment, here are a few good links:
Commercial Online Services
- CompuServe (CIS): GO MacScript, UserLand, Quark (S/7 Scripting), DTPForum (S/4 Automating DTP)
- America Online (AOL): keyword Quark
- CompuServe (CIS): GO MacScript, UserLand (S/9 AppleScript)
- America Online (AOL): keyword AppleScript
- CompuServe (CIS): GO UserLand, MacScript
- America Online (AOL): keyword UserLand
- AppleLink: Third Parties to UserLand Discussions
Updated on 7/22/96 by Scott S. Lawton (email@example.com)
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