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AppleScript® Programming for the Absolute Beginner by Jerry Lee Ford

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Working with the Mac OS X File System

Originally, Mac computers ran a proprietary operating system created by Apple programmers. However, since the introduction of Mac OS X, UNIX has served as the underlying operating system. As a UNIX operating system, Mac OS X uses POSIX path names to identify the names and locations of files and folders. POSIX was developed back in the 1980s as a standard designed to unify differences that abounded in the many different flavors of UNIX available at the time.

However, Apple has continued to provide Mac users with support for pre-Mac OS X Mac-styled path names. Therefore, Mac users have two options for specifying path names. It is important that you understand and know how to work with both of these options, ...

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