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AppleScript is a scripting language that allows users to automate repetitive tasks on Mac operating systems. The language uses a combination of plain English words and scriptable applications, enabling the creation of workflows involving multiple applications. AppleScript performs actions by sending commands to different program components such as dialog boxes, menus, and controls within applications. It is an example of the "telling" programming paradigm where instructions are passed directly from the main script to subroutines without structuring into modular code. Although it can be limited in terms of complex data manipulation or performance with large datasets compared to other languages like Python or JavaScript used for system administration and software development on macOS platforms, AppleScript remains in use due to its ability for quick automation tasks among non-programmers or those more comfortable with traditional desktop GUI interactions over text-based coding practices.

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