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QOTW: "We'll find a way to make this work." D. Richard Hipp, on a
design challenge that languages other than Tcl and data managers other
than SQLite have decided is beyond their limits
"To [managers, especially of QA], automation means 'humans not necessary
to this process' rather than 'we take out the mundane, mind-deadening
stuff'." -- Esther Schindler
POTW: "I've been using Gnocl instead of Tk for some time now and it's
just great. Note that it is different enough from Tk that you can't just
plug it in, you have to adjust your code quite a bit. For the most common
tasks it's even simpler to use than Tk, though. It has also a few widgets
that are hard to come by with Tk (hierarchical multicolumn lists for
example) and still are just a joy to use." http://gnocl.sourceforge.net/
An extremely important thread for those with an interest in
Tcl internals erupts. Among other highlights, this exploration
by Tcl heavyweights of SQLite and its Tcl connections hearkens
back to debates from the prehistory of Tcl ("Is it a language or
a library?"), and forward to Tcl's continuing pre-eminence as a
language that correctly handles Unicode, with a tangent on under-
appreciated advantages of SQLite. Ultimately, EIAS occupies
In some communities, regular expressions are regarded
as nearly universal solutions. Quite a few Tclers
advise they "should be avoided if at all possible."
Others counsel that negative lookahead constraints are
an important, if performance-robbing, tool for
constructive use of REs.
Neil Madden contributes a "patch" for the frequently-made
Thanks to Arjen Markus for his report from the Wiki(s):
With the summer holidays on the northern hemisphere approaching,
the Wiki holds the usual mixture of fun stuff and useful techniques.
So, in the very same spirit, let us proceed!
Fun little pages
- Instead of tangible little sticky pieces of paper you can use
their electronic equivalent - perhaps because it is environmentally
friendly? <http://wiki.tcl.tk/13717>> but only for Windows-users.
- Play it again, Richard: <http://wiki.tcl.tk/1248>> is a cute
demonstration of how to do musical notes.
Serious little pages
- Adding a list of most recently used files to your GUI:
<http://wiki.tcl.tk/14324>> makes it easy.
- Clear the screen? Do you realise how complex that is?
<http://wiki.tcl.tk/3799>> holds a small encyclopaedia
on the topic.
- Message catelogues? So useful and now even easier to
use - <http://wiki.tcl.tk/14377>> extracts the text
- If you do not want to see hidden files and directories,
you need to tweak the tk_*File dialogue a bit. The
French Wiki tells the story: <http://wfr.tcl.tk/967>>
- Distribute your interpreters freely over various
machines and make sure they all behave:
Simply serious pages
- Small versions of the Tcl runtime are important
for some people - <http://wiki.tcl.tk/1363>>
- Impressive screenshots of a diagram editor:
Everything Tcl-related you want is probably one or two clicks away in these
The "Welcome to comp.lang.tcl" message by Andreas Kupries
The Tcl Developer Site is Tcl's "home base".
Larry Virden maintains a comp.lang.tcl FAQ launcher.
The Tcl Developer Xchange is a highly organized resource center
of documents and software with provisions for individuals to
maintain references to their own software:
The TDX sponsor, ActiveState, also keeps info to convince your
boss Tcl is a good thing
The Tcl'ers Wiki is a huge, dynamic, collaboratively edited repository
of documentation, examples, tutorials and pontifications on all things
For the ideal overview of the topics about Tcl most likely to
interest a newcomer, see "Arts and Crafts ..."
ActiveState maintains binaries distribution and development tools
along with a Cookbook of Tcl recipes
deli.cio.us presents an intriguing approach to reference commentary.
It already aggregates quite a bit of Tcl intelligence.
Cameron Laird tracks several Tcl/Tk references of interest
Cetus Links maintains a Tcl/Tk page with verified links
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