[Openmcl-devel] AppleScript

Daniel Dickison danieldickison at gmail.com
Mon May 11 07:00:29 PDT 2009

I'm the author of cl-applescript, and you're right that it has been  
pretty much abandoned (the project I had originally wrote that library  
for went defunct).  However, I believe it still works if you only have  
simple AppleScript needs, with the following caveats:
	1. All AS is executed using the osascript command line interface,  
which means:
		a. You can't construct AppleEvents programatically (you need to  
construct script strings).
		b. Every call has to compile the AppleScript from scratch, which is  
		c. The entire return value is stored as a string before parsing, so  
you wouldn't want to do huge queries.
	2. Parsing dictionaries hasn't been implemented.

The patch for CCL bug 216 should no longer be necessary if you're  
using CCL 1.3 (I should update that page).  If you would like to use  
the library but you need dictionary parsing, I think it should be  
pretty easy to implement and I'll be happy to help you with that.

That said, Scripting Bridge is probably the way to go.  You'll be  
writing Cocoa code (presumably via the Clozure Objective-C bridge),  
but I believe you can use it to script any application, regardless of  
whether it's Cocoa or Carbon.


On May 11, 2009, at 4:40 AM, Steve Núñez wrote:

> G’Day Gentlemen,
> What’s the ‘state of the art’ for interfacing with Carbon  
> applications exposing only an AppleScript interface? I found one  
> possibility mentioned here:
> http://www.clozure.com/pipermail/openmcl-devel/2008-October/ 
> 008618.html
> But this seems applicable only to Cocoa applications. There’s also  
> cl-applescript:
> http://common-lisp.net/project/cl-applescript/
> But that project appears to have been abandoned. I’m trying to  
> determine the feasibility of heavily customising MS Entourage, and  
> would like to use CCL for most of the heavy lifting.
> Regards,
>     - Steve
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