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The Future of Mac OS Scripting

Red Sweater: Apple should make JavaScript its default scripting language.

This is one of those things I’ve been advocating ever since JavaScript-based Dashboard arrived and received massive uptake. AppleScript was a nice experiment, but was never accepted by the mass market, and with good reason.

4 Responses to “The Future of Mac OS Scripting”

  1. Randal L. Schwartz says:

    Have you seen “Javascript OSA”? (http://www.latenightsw.com/freeware/JavaScriptOSA/jsStatus.html) – install it, and you can use Javascript for nearly everything you use AppleScript for. Yeay!

  2. Quentin Carnicelli says:

    Oh sure, Javascript OSA is a nice start. But really I’m looking forward to a whole new scripting system without the overhead of OSA/Cocoa Scripting.

  3. Chris L says:

    It sounds like a good idea. AppleScript never made sense to me (and I’ve been programming for 20 years). It seems all weird and imprecise.

  4. Ben Burch says:

    I use Applescript every day.

    And hate it.

    Yes, Javascript would be a boon, all it needs is a way to send applevents into apps.

    BTW, I really wish that Hypercard had come into the modern era; I loved Hypertalk! If the system scripting language had been based on Hypercard and Hypertalk I think we would have been MUCH better off.

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