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QOTW: "The way I explain my interest in TCL is this: imagine if there
were a GUI language much faster than Java, much more cross platform than
C++ and its variants, easy enough to write code straight from text files,
well supported by both commercial vendors and the Open Source community,
with a long history of use dating back to the 1980s. That's TCL.
The other great plus is, of course, this comp.lang.tcl newsgroup. Lots
of handy suggestions and hints when you need them :-)." -- Synic
"I've learned more by examining the code that vTcl produces than
I ever would have by just learning the specific commands I thought I
needed." -- Peter Flynn
POTW: Muzic allows Tcl scripts to play MIDI-encoded notes and load
SoundsFonts through softsynth.
Bryan Oakley, Rob, Earl Grieda, and various Jeffs make an eloquent
case for Tcl/Tk as a useful development language that's easy to learn
(especially when one exploits the "absolutely brilliant" Wiki).
Randolf Shultz and William J. Poser illustrate use of synthetic
events with details on management of Mac OS X button presses.
Jingzhao Ou rightly summarizes, "It is so cool!" to be able to
add new canvas item types by way of a loadable DLL which doesn't
require messy source changes in the distribution. Notice
particularly George Peter Staplin's tips on this subject.
Is Tile for you? What's it take to get started? Well, "yes", and
"not much", but Bryan Oakley provides the specifics to make those
answers more convincing.
Thanks to Arjen Markus for his summary of Wiki activity:
Loads of little tools on the Wiki last week. So let us
make this summary concentrate on them.
- Need to overcome the restrictions of firewalls?
Just send the data through ... <http://wiki.tcl.tk/14713>>
- Evil ears on your system? Want to check them?
- What's in a name? Once a project file, now a "solution"
Scanning "dot-net" solution files for certain information
is easy ... <http://wiki.tcl.tk/10840>>
- State machines can be tricky to built. Better let a
compiler take care of them. Maybe not implemented in Tcl,
but it might be useful anyway = <http://wiki.tcl.tk/14711>>
- Object reference counts can be tough to manage, here is a
noteworthy guide ... <http://wiki.tcl.tk/1192>>
Music and graphics
- A kind gesture towards your computer may make do what you
want it to ... <http://wiki.tcl.tk/14697>>
- Editing pictures - animated GIFs and what not: the French
Wiki has a lot to say on the subject - <http://wfr.tcl.tk/1013>>
is but an example
- New Orleans after the storm: "Muse" attempts to help out
Everything Tcl-related you want is probably one or two clicks away in these
The "Welcome to comp.lang.tcl" message by Andreas Kupries
comp.lang.tcl is a crucial resource for Tcl practitioners.
An interesting perspective on its traffic appears at
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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