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Apple’s Ex-Automator Head Sal Soghoian Authoring New Automation Blog Series

Apple’s Ex-Automator Head Sal Soghoian Authoring New Automation Blog Series

Apple's Ex-Automator Head Sal Soghoian Authoring New Automation Blog SeriesSal Soghoian — who spent almost 20 years at Apple leading the company’s AppleScript, Automator, and automation efforts — announced in November that he was leaving Apple after his role at the company was eliminated. Thankfully, he has resurfaced as the author of a new guest blog series covering automation.

In his first entry at MacStories, Soghoian makes the argument that app extensions are not a replacement for user automation:

Here’s a thought experiment. Let’s imagine that Apple decided to combine their engineering resources to form app teams that delivered both iOS and macOS versions of applications.

[…]

Certainly Automation would be something examined in that regard, and the idea might be posited that: “App Extensions are equivalent to, or could be a replacement for, User Automation in macOS.” And by User Automation, I’m referring to Apple Event scripting, Automator, Services, the UNIX command line utilities, etc.

 

Apple's Ex-Automator Head Sal Soghoian Authoring New Automation Blog Series
Graphics credit: Sal Soghoian, via MacStories

But putting the technicalities aside, the whole purpose of User Automation is to serve the user of the computer, to enable a motivated customer to use and create automation tools, like scripts, workflows, and applets, without restrictions or the requirement of being a developer proficient in Xcode and Objective-C or Swift. User Automation is for the rest of us. Ah, remember that old chestnut?

Soghoian published a number of great automation-related posts at macosxautomation.com during his time at Apple, and it’s great to see that he plans to continue advocating for the future of automation on the Mac.

(Via 9to5Mac)

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