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QOTW: "Divide and conquer!" - George Peter Staplin
"Miss Scan has never had a meeting with Mr. Regexp. Neither
over the table nor under it." - Uwe Klein
What will it take for Tcl to "get to the next level"?
Thanks to Arjen Markus for his weekly summary of Wiki action:
This summary for some reason revolves mostly around Tk-related
stuff. But there is plenty of other things, if you are not
concerned with graphics.
Just a few techniques
- Run a particular script just before the end of your program?
Try: <http://wiki.tcl.tk/20639> - tuned for Tcl 8.5
- Want to find files fast? Why not try: <http://wiki.tcl.tk/19762>
(If you know the running gag about Tcl's speed, you'll be in for
- There is a full description of UNICODE characters avaiable on the
Internet with all the information you would ever need - and now
there is also a convenient browser. See the end of
- While within Tcl everything may be a string, not all strings are
good enough for a data entry widget. Formatted input made easy
- Combine a few Tk-related packages with Tcl's introspective
qualities and voila! A neat debugger is born: <http://wiki.tcl.tk/13989>
Nothing new under the sun?
- Bindings for the FLTK widget set - perhaps an interesting
alternative to Tk: <http://wiki.tcl.tk/1826>
- Here is an extension to Tk's canvas widget with very promising
features (the screenshots are simply delicious):
- But perhaps all you need is a different decoration of your
toplevel windows? No worry: <http://wiki.tcl.tk/19773>
Penny for your thoughts
- Tired of clicking all those links and dowloading those pages?
Get yourself a webrobot - <http://wiki.tcl.tk/20640>
- Tired of serious work? Here is a little playground to fool
around in: <http://wiki.tcl.tk/20634>
- Can an ancient and almost forgotten version of Tcl really
drive a game? How about a more modern version?
- Witness the birth of a new category of program code:
- Is Cloverfield yet another answer to the cruel outside
world that tends to ignore us? <http://wiki.tcl.tk/20638>
Time will tell, but the discussion alone may be worthwhile.
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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