inessential by Brent Simmons

On Adding AppleScript Support

Me, writing in the latest Making Your Mac App’s Data Scriptable:

Scripting isn’t a matter of automating button clicks; it’s about exposing the model layer to people who could use your app in their workflows.

While that’s usually a small minority of users, they’re power users — the kind of people who recommend apps to friends and family. They blog and tweet about apps, and people listen to them. They can be your app’s biggest evangelists.

Overall, the best reason to add scripting support is that it’s a matter of professionalism. But it doesn’t hurt that the effort is worth the reward.

The entire issue — Back to the Mac — is good. It includes articles by Craig Hockenberry, Gus Mueller, Daniel Eggert, and Florian Kugler.