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QOTW: "[H]aving to use sleep in expect usually is a good sign of not
expecting the right stuff." - Uwe Klein
"OK, the sheer in-depth quality of Tk's geometry managers (same sorts of
things, different name) has spoilt me. They are so good you don't know
how bad things can be until you try someone else's!" - Donal K. Fellows
Thanks for Arjen Markus for his weekly summary of Wiki action:
Existential questions on the Wiki. But of course
the answers all exist - on that same Wiki.
No changes necessary
- While people want software to work "out-of-the-box", they
also want changes: <http://wiki.tcl.tk/19877> on Expect's
remarkable stability shows no change is needed!
- And Tk is yet another body of code that is simply stable
enough to do its job: <http://wiki.tcl.tk/4145>
- Remarkably, yes, your Wiki chronicler is proud of this one,
no changes were needed to use Plotchart in a very interactive
application either: <http://wiki.tcl.tk/20353>
No changes wanted
- From time to time you do need to watch out for unwanted
or unexpected changes in, say, the set-up of your machine.
Here is a little program that checks for them:
- Okay, you develop interactively, fine, can be done easily
with "wish". But then you are finished and you want to
reuse the code you typed ... Here is a little helper:
<http://wiki.tcl.tk/17098>, though perhaps not always useable.
No surprises wanted
- Autorepeating keypresses is not always what you want -
for instance in games. Here are a few ways of handling
the situation: <http://wiki.tcl.tk/20299>
- There is a wealth of database abstraction layers out there!
And given the recent TIP 308, why not have a closer look:
- Brackets, braces, parentheses and what not! All those
grouping characters can make life tough to a programmer.
Is there a tool to properly handle them?
- When you are not clear enough, the answer to a seemingly
simple question may surprise you. What do you mean by
comparing lists? <http://wiki.tcl.tk/15489>
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
"La Gazette du Técleux" is an important monthly publication.
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.
We're working on more useful archives of past installments. In the
meantime, an alternative is
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