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QOTW: "[W]e know the rules of coincidence around here... The million-to-one
chance will happen nine times out of ten." - ee
Alexandre and Donal practice Tcl-think: simplify, simplify.
It might look like a problem in remote filesystem access, but,
as so often, it's confused quoting/lexification/substitution:
Similarly, [eof] is a FCC:
If you're most compatible with, say, Unix's shell, the transition
to Tcl can be very, very gradual:
Progressbar theming subtleties teach patterns that apply to
Don't let [update] make you race yourself:
Fossil-based life involves a few changes--ultimately for the
better, we all hope. Here's how to think about "the latest
Alternatives within and to [switch]:
If you truly need a thread pool, well, Tcl has *that*, too:
Thanks to Arjen Markus for his mostly-weekly Wiki reports:
Should you find yourself without anything to do the next few weeks,
be sure to download the various games the Wiki hold. The Recent Changes
page shows quite a few.
A small sample of games
- TkOverload is a rather "explosive" game, as one inaccurate move
may set off a whole chain of changes - <http//wiki.tcl.tk/4354>
- The classical game of "minesweeper", and I do mean the classical!,
revived - <http://wiki.tcl.tk/7779>
- The "Black Box" game is less destructive, but again you need to
find hidden objects - <http:/wiki.tcl.tk/15875>
A small sample of experiments
- Does the old Chinese book of fortune telling do better than our
sophisticated weather forecast models, when it comes to predicting
the weather? Try it yourself: <http://wiki.tcl.tk/26633>
- Always good to explore the bounds of your language and the programming
paradigms it makes possible. Why not use procedures to store data?
<http://wiki.tcl.tk/3379> is a somewhat older experiment.
- SELF, the language, has been a nice playground to experiment with
language features. It can still inspire people to do wonderful
new things - <http://wiki.tcl.tk/9529>
- Functional programming may not be entirely easy in Tcl, but experiments
abound - <http://wiki.tcl.tk/17983> is but one example
A new package
- The title does not convey much information, but this page
<http://wiki.tcl.tk/27189> leads to a "public key infrastructure"
package. Yes, cryptography stuff.
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.
Tcl Developer Xchange sponsor, ActiveState, 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 TÃ©cleux" 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. Dave
Williams generously is building up
and of course Google gives us
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