- A Sentimental Gen-X Programmer Culls his Tech Books
- Cocoa Programming for Max OS X Second Edition
- Danny Goodman’s AppleScript™ Handbook
- Database Processing
- Web Design on a Shoestring
- Designing with Web Standards
- Learning Java
- DocBook 5: The Definitive Guide
- PDF Hacks
- Programming the Perl DBI
- Translucent Databases
- High Performance MySQL
- Code Complete
Book: Danny Goodman’s AppleScript™ Handbook Second Edition
Author: Danny Goodman.
AppleScript! One of the programming languages and systems where I hovered at but never crossed the fluency line. I’ll still occasionally cobble something together from pieces I find on the internet, but I’ve never been able to just sit down and start thinking in AppleScript. I think my problem was always that every MacOS Application has a slightly different mental model or semantics to it and I never got good at mentally translating AppleScript’s natural language syntax in a way that let me think about the program as just function calls and variable assignments. This was never a problem for me in Lingo or Hypercard/Hyperscript so I’m still not sure why AppleScript never gelled.
I believe I picked up this book after it was mentioned on Daring Fireball as once widely regarded as the best book on AppleScript. I sort of love that AppleScript is still floating around in the background of MacOS after all these years.