Slight Divergence

I’ve taken a short hiatus from WebObjects development to write some utilities for the local IT group. They need to automate system setup and deployment, so I’ve been working with AppleScript Studio, NetRestore, and radmind to facilitate that.

I’ve added a couple of new categories and I’ll be posting some articles to help me keep track of the things I’ve figured out.

To start with just a couple of cool things I’ve found useful:

  • fseventer is a very cool application that uses the same kernel additions in Tiger that make Spotlight possible. It provides a graphical real-time view of file access that makes it a treat to investigate where various system settings are stored.
  • In Panther and later there is a Objective-C to Perl bridge that makes manipulating .plist files very easy. This set of MacDevCenter articles give a very good overview.