[Pythonmac-SIG] applescript to python examples for Address Book?

has hengist.podd at virgin.net
Sun Aug 8 12:23:49 CEST 2004

Kevin Altis wrote:

>I want to be able to get a list of names and email addresses from 
>the Address Book using Python.
>-- open Address Book and loop through people
>tell application "Address Book"
>    repeat with thisPerson in the people
>      set thisName to name of thisPerson
>      repeat with thisAddress in email of thisPerson
>        set thisEmail to value of thisAddress

Using appscript <http://freespace.virgin.net/hamish.sanderson/appscript.html>:

from appscript import *

for person in app('Address Book.app').people.get():
     name = person.name.get()
     for email in person.emails.value.get():

With well-written applications you can get this info with just a 
couple of Apple events, which is much more efficient:

ab = app('Address Book.app')
print zip(ab.people.name.get(), ab.people.emails.value.get())

Note: don't let AppleScript/appscript's use of syntactic sugar fool 
you. The Apple event object model uses a query-based interface more 
powerful than conventional OO references, allowing a single message 
to be sent to any number of objects.



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