Just follow how Dave Taylor processes both syntax and logic and the information gleaned will
help in cross platform situations. He points out the issues between Shells and Unices in each
platform environment. The formula is; list the code, than explain how it works, run the script and
see the expected results. As with most Code books, there are inevitable printing issues and
since the book was released in January 2005, there have been a few verified gotchas, so go to the
Oopsies link early on, so you don't get frustrated. Also check out the follow up, Hacking the
Script pieces to learn how to possibly tweak the code even further.
Heck, even Kirk McElhearn recommends this book in his "The Mac OS X Command Line: Unix
Under the Hood" and that recommendation is good enough for me.
There are 12 chapters and an afterward.
Now, with Automator and AppleScripting improvements, maybe you will find a thing or two
here that you can use too, if you use Mac OS X Tiger, so others can be wowed by your
MPN, LLC 2005 macCompanion
August 2005, Volume 3 Issue 8