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Introduction > Advantages and Disadvantages

Advantages and Disadvantages

AppleScript is by no means the only scripting language for OS X. Nonetheless, AppleScript has several advantages that make the best option for many jobs:

  • It’s more like English than any other Mac language. AppleScript’s greatest advantage is that it uses grammar that closely resembles the commands you’d give to your seven-year-old son. (A typical command, for example, would be “say cheese”, which would have your computer speak the word “cheese” out loud.)

    If you’ve never learned a computer language before, you’ll be grateful that AppleScript doesn’t bother with semicolons, curly brackets, and all the other annoyances of more advanced computer languages. Even better, AppleScript is not case-sensitive—a feature you can appreciate only if you’ve ever had to search through reams of code just to find a mis-capitalized command name.


  

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