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QOTW: "design without code is emptiness without Zen" - Donal K. Fellows
in a chat discussion on the fixability of [exec]
"It is so much better for the user to see [only] what is possible, rather
than being told of errors afterwards." - Donald Arseneau
ANNOUNCE: InstallJammer Multiplatform Installer 1.0.3 Released!
This release fixes some minor bugs that have been reported
since the last release as well as adds some new File actions.
What is it?
InstallJammer is a multiplatform GUI installer and builder
designed to be completely cross-platform and function on
Windows and most all version of UNIX with eventual support
for Mac OS X.
ANNOUNCE: Tcl Windows API extension 1.0 Beta
Changes since V0.9 are primarily bug fixes and experimental COM client
support. See http://twapi.sf.net/versionhistory.html for a complete
list of changes.
IMPORTANT: There is one major backward-incompatible change.
The error class stored in errorCode when Windows encounters an error
has changed. In V0.9 and before, the error class was WINDOWS. To
prevent clashes with other extensions, the error class now used is
TWAPI_WIN32. Code that traps errors using pattern matching in try or
otherwise parses errorCode will need to be modified accordingly
TileQt fixes in SF CVS...
George Petasis would like to make it known
that important fixes have been made at the head
of TileQt cvs.
ORBI: or what happened on comp.lang.tcl
How to read from a file in TCK
basic steps to read a file and parse the content in
some way or other for the attentive newbie:
does anyone care about iwidget bug reports?
alive, in limbo or just on a well earned holiday:
is tcl/tk dying out?!
Swans gathering for a song. or not?
In this contex Mark Roseman in his kindness gives us a glimpse
into the real world:
This Thread and Mark Rosemans Story are well worth reading. It has
been soaked in stars on google-groups ;-)
TIPX: new, used and discarded Tips
TIP 268 by Jeff Hobbs : Enhance 'package' Version Handling
state has changed from Draft to Accepted
OOTW: Orphan of the week or questions nobody answered yet:
tcl 8.4.12 spin loop (on Solaris 10 with tcl 8.4.12 )
after heavy use the shell goes into a tight loop around
TWIP: or what happened on comp.lang.tcl this week TEN years ago:
to forego any questions: "Tclers Window Into the Past".
Beta2: TeamRooms Internet groupware tool (now with server on Mac/Win)
Mark Roseman announces a colaboration tool:
Windowless Custom Wishes
ANNOUNCE: new tclet (pie charts)
from SCO at that ( and before they changed over to the dark side )
Java vs. Tcl/Tk
"Tcl/Tk only wins when you look at the GUI elements, which are written
in C. Java should beat Tcl by a large margin."
Thanks to Arjen Markus for his summary of Wiki activity:
We are months away from Easter (in either direction),
but that does not stop your chronicler to include
a reference to Easter eggs - so, let the summary
- TLC is not a misspelling, no, it is the name of
a whole collection of widgets based on Itk.
- Remarkable how old pages revive ... Here is
a golden oldie on three-dimensional appearances
in the canvas. Useful for light-weight GUIs?
- It is a thing of beauty ... <http://wfr.tcl.tk/1178>
displays an egg that might rival Faberge's
masterpieces. Well, forgive your chronicler his
Serving the public
- Two pages on webservers with just a tiny
amount of code: DustMote and Castle
- Two books:
<http://wiki.tcl.tk/12577> about Perl/Tk
has a good reputation for explaining Tk.
<http://wiki.tcl.tk/15300> leads to the
Wikipedia entry about Tcl.
- If you read French, this finely illustrated
series on Tk widgets might be handy -
What you C ...
- Static data are sometimes useful when
encoding commands in C. Here is an overview
of methods - <http://wiki.tcl.tk/12584>
- But if you are a beginner, why not start
with "Hello world"? <http://wiki.tcl.tk/11153>
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 ..."
There's also a high-quality Wikibook on Tcl:
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 (but
needs to validate many of the links).
Years ago, Cetus Links maintained a Tcl/Tk page with verified links
"Yahoo! Groups" archives comp.lang.tcl.announce posts--even
though clta itself is dormant.
Previous - (U)se the (R)esource, (L)uke! - messages are supposed to be
listed at *Dr. Dobbs*, but sysad at CMP has fallen behind. We're working
with them to restore the archive.
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