screensaver to execute another program

I am working with Mac OS X, I am new to macs and programing in general.  But i wanted to know if there was a way to have the standard mac screensaver call out to another program and execute it.  

Any help given would be great.

i have already written the apple script that will open iTunes and play a random track.
that is the program that i hope the screensaver can execute when it starts.

my ultimate goal is to have music playing during the mac standard screensaver.

thanks for any help

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Alex CuryloConnect With a Mentor Commented:
The best way to do this kind of thing is probably to write a little daemon (aka "background app") that does nothing but check the foreground process every minute or so with GetFrontProcess() and CopyProcessName(), documented here:

If the foreground process is "ScreenSaverEngine", then a screen saver is running. Then you could send AppleEvents directly to iTunes, or if you want more flexibility in what to do you could execute an AppleScript:

Put this app into your Startup Items, and you'll be golden.
hawky86Author Commented:
what language would that be in?
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hawky86Author Commented:
and is it possible to write it in perl... thats what i am most familiar with

Alex CuryloCommented:
Straight C would be the simplest, the APIs I suggest there are Carbon. I don't believe it's possible to call arbitrary Carbon calls from Perl.
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