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QOTW: "[T]o reinvent TeX in a few hours is not that simple ;-)" - Richard
"I'm really liking the use of dicts to store partially processed http
requests, and treating the handling of http requests as a process of
transforming the dict and then serializing it to the socket. I get
many of the benefits of object-like encapsulation without feeling
guilty about overhead. I've got all the processing metadata stored
as -elements, and I can just throw in another piece of metadata ad
hoc, if it feels like it might be useful. AND I can use
[return -request $dict] for exception handling, which is extremely
useful and powerful." - Colin
POTW: "Growl is a notification system for Mac OS X: it allows applications
that support Growl to send you notifications." There's a binding for Tcl.
David Gravereaux corrects messages sent on exit to the Windows OS,
and recounts a bit of the history of related errors. The thread
nominally focuses on signals and Windows services.
Roy Terry explains bgerror and "the big catch". Errors need to be
understood, of course.
Donal Fellows sketches a mostly-imperceptible bump in DWIM EIAS:
Tcl's UTF-8 is slightly denormalized. We believe that the only
true liability "is that C code that wishes to work with a bytestream
can't ... just grab the bytes ..." Bugs in this area will receive
Thanks to Arjen Markus for his so-accurate summary of Wiki activity:
The year will end in less than a week, so this will be
one of the last summaries in 2005 ... No time to waste
- Annotating a photograph in Tcl is not that hard,
as shown in <http;//wiki.tcl.tk/15163>
- There are many little drawing programs to be
found on the Wiki, here is one especially for
this time of year: <http://wiki.tcl.tk/15176>>
- Should you not like Christmas, maybe this
animation will help you get into a better
mood - <http://wiki.tcl.tk/15178>>
- And for the insatiable: viewing three-dimensional
objects is a piece of cake - <http://wiki.tcl.tk/15084>>
- Serious now, a widget that looks like a meter ...
<http://wfr.tcl.tk/1038>> - yes, on the French Wiki.
- Your chronicler is getting old, he had completely
forgotten about this page - <http://wiki.tcl.tk/10490>>
deals with alternative formatting of numbers, among
- An alternative way of computing with "real" numbers
- down with the binary system! Well, sort of.
<http://wiki.tcl.tk/15166>> deals with ordinary
well-behaved decimal numbers.
- Why stick with the need to prescribe computations in
detail? Just ask what you want and it will be given
- Never forget about other languages ... They may
hold hidden treasures - <http://wiki.tcl.tk/11025>>
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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