I want to start writing scripts to automate common use cases in OS X El Capitan 10.11.6. I'd like to work with
ruby but I'd be willing to learn any high level language to do it with the exception of
AppleScript. I'd also like to avoid
Automator when possible and just stick with "regular" programming tools like text editors. I'm not opposed to using those tools as wrappers, but I'd like to do most of the work with a "real" scripting language like
perl, etc... I know how to use
bash to automate tasks in the terminal. Things like file/directory creation/naming, or changing directories, or launching applications. I also use
Alfred to launch many of the
bash scripts I write and I love it! Now I want do things like:
when I run `some-script.rb` bring the messages app into focus resize it to be XxY move it to the top left corner open the terminal app open vim move it bellow the messages window open somefile.txt place cursor in terminal
Or something like that. I want to start exploring what's possible with automating various things I do while using the OS X GUI rather than just the terminal. I've found a couple sources:
But essentially all of them except RubyMotion seem outdated, and RubyMotion seems like it's more for building applications and not for automating every day tasks, but I'm not sure.
Maybe this is possible with Alfred too, I'm not sure, but I've been researching around and haven't found any up-to-date tutorials on how to start piping together common tasks like window resizing, opening files in an editor, or putting stuff onto the clipboard, on OSX. Would love some help and guidance on this!