Bye Bye Scripts

Thought I would drop a quick line “on the line” and just let everyone know that as of this moment I am not going to be developing the following projects anymore:
  • ASTwitterLibrary
  • LittleBirdOSX
  • Lyricatcher
The primary reason for the first two is that some of the changes that twitter has made in recent years (moving all API replies to JSON for example) has made native AppleScript support for using their API very difficult. Some of the functions within ASTwitterLibrary (and the ‘black boxes’ that drive them in ASObject) might continue to function but unless Apple decides it wants to include JSON parsing native in Applescript, similar to how they did XML parsing, or Twitter decides to return XML output, which is doubtful, I think it is the end of the line for these two projects.

Lyricatcher I have decided to retire (and maybe re-write at some point) only because I am not sure how much it is actually used. Some of the sites which is parses lyrics from are constantly changing their methodology of trying to protect the lyrics from someone scraping them (exactly what I am doing) and at the moment it is too hard to keep up with.

Perhaps sometime in the future I will dust these projects off again and see if I can’t breathe new life into them but for now it is good bye.

ASObject 0.9 Released

Good afternoon!
I just finished uploading ASObject 0.9 and I must say I am very happy to announce that is available for all of you to download. There have been a TON of changes in this release that are helping me gear up for the 1.0 release of ASObejct (which, hopefully will not be more than a year out). Please be sure to read through the change log to ensure that you don’t get bit by one of the major changes that happened in this release!

AppleScript JSON Project

Good afternoon,

Been thinking a lot today about trying to get a new open source project started to build a fully functional JSON library entirely in AppleScript. This project would be similar to the ASObject or ASTwitterLibrary projects that I have worked on in the past and would add a much needed feature to AppleScript on OS X.

If you are interested, or know someone who would be interested in helping code this project, please let me know!

ASObject 0.8.1 Released

Just wanted to drop a quick note and let everyone know that ASObject 0.8.1 has been released. This is a small update but fixes some bugs that have been around for a while. However, this update makes the way for some of the other updates I have been working on.

Version 0.8.1 of ASObject contains the following updates:
  • Workaround - Bug with keychain scripting in 10.7 and later! Please download Scripting Additions Package
  • Fixed - Bug with Previous_Application method!
  • Added - Write_To_Log method now logs to system log file as well as specified file!
And… ASObject 0.9 is now under active development!