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Learn AppleScript: The Comprehensive Guide to Scripting and Automation on Mac OS X, Third Edition by Hanaan Rosenthal, Hamish Sanderson

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Chapter 25. Scripting Data and Databases

A frequent theme in this book is the importance of AppleScript in managing and manipulating user data. While applications such as iTunes and Mail provide their own custom storage systems for managing specific types of data such as music and e-mail collections, there are many other data management tasks which require a more flexible, user-customizable solution. To meet these needs, users can turn to general-purpose database applications, and—naturally—AppleScript can play an key role in working with these applications too.

Three factors make a database what it is: the data structure, which basically consists of the fields and field definitions; the data itself; and the functionality, such as sorting, searching, ...

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