Section 8.1. Script Object Definition

8.1. Script Object Definition

A script object is defined using a block with the keyword script:

 script scriptName     -- commands within the script object end script 

A script object definition may appear anywhere. If defined at the top level of a script object (or script), it is a top-level entity ("Top-Level Entities," later in this chapter). It functions as a scope block . (The rules of scope appear in Chapter 10.) Read Chapter 6 for an overview of how script object definitions fit into a script's overall structure.

A script object definition is just thata definition. Merely encountering a script object definition in the course of execution does not cause of any of its commands to be executed. Rather, a script object definition is a form of variable initialization. So, for example:

 script s     display dialog "howdy" end script 

That code does not cause a dialog to display. It defines a script object with an implicit run handler; that run handler contains code that puts up a dialog, but the mere definition does not cause the run handler to run. The script object itself is the value of a variable. Here, that variable is s; when this code is encountered, the variable s is defined and initialized, and its initial value is the script object described by this block of code.

AppleScript. The Definitive Guide
AppleScript: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition
ISBN: 0596102119
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2006
Pages: 267
Authors: Matt Neuburg

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