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From:  Cameron Laird <tcl-url-AT-phaseit.net>
To:  "Tcl-URL distribution" :;
Subject:  Tcl-URL! - weekly Tcl news and links (Sep 24)
Date:  Wed, 24 Sep 2008 23:45:24 +0000
Message-ID:  <E1Kie2u-0006po-BE@smtp.phaseit.net>

"[I]t's always a better idea to expect something than to use delays, when
there is something you can expect." - aspect


    Anyone with an interest in Tcl's connections to the real world
    should read Newsletter #8 from the Open Instrumentation Project:
	http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.tcl/msg/d40914ab...

    Tablelist is at 4.10:
	http://www.nemethi.de/tablelist/CHANGES.txt

    From Tk to Ttk:
	http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.tcl/browse_threa...


TIPX: Uwe Klein reports on new, used and discarded Tips for the week 37
    TIP 195 by Peter Spjuth : A Unique Prefix Handling Command
        http://www.tcl.tk/cgi-bin/tct/tip/195.html
        Title has changed ( was Script Access to Tcl_GetIndexFromObj )
        Vote: In progress and Done
        State has changed from Draft to Accepted

    TIP 236 by Neil McKay : Absolute Positioning of Canvas Items
        http://www.tcl.tk/cgi-bin/tct/tip/236.html
        Vote: In progress and Done
        State has changed from Draft to Accepted

    TIP 240 by Steve Bold : An Ensemble Command to Manage Processes
        http://www.tcl.tk/cgi-bin/tct/tip/240.html
        Vote: In progress and still pending

    TIP 252 by Brian Schmidt : Add New 'string' Command Options
        http://www.tcl.tk/cgi-bin/tct/tip/252.html
        Vote: In progress and Done
        State has changed from Draft to Rejected

    TIP 265 by Sam Bromley : A Convenient C-side Command Option Parser for Tcl
        http://www.tcl.tk/cgi-bin/tct/tip/265.html
        Vote: In progress and Done
        State has changed from Draft to Accepted

    TIP 308 by Kevin B. Kenny : Tcl Database Connectivity (TDBC)
        http://www.tcl.tk/cgi-bin/tct/tip/308.html
        Vote: In progress and Done
        State has changed from Draft to Accepted

    TIP 312 by Rene Zaumseil : Add More Link Types
        http://www.tcl.tk/cgi-bin/tct/tip/312.html
        Title has changed ( was Create 'link' Command and Add More Link Types )
        Vote: In progress and still pending

    TIP 313 by Peter Spjuth : Inexact Searching in Sorted List
        http://www.tcl.tk/cgi-bin/tct/tip/313.html
        Vote: In progress and Done
        State has changed from Draft to Accepted

    TIP 314 by Lars Hellström : Ensembles with Parameters
        http://www.tcl.tk/cgi-bin/tct/tip/314.html
        Vote: In progress and Done
        State has changed from Draft to Accepted

    TIP 315 by Hai Vu : Add pathSeparator to tcl_platform Array
        http://www.tcl.tk/cgi-bin/tct/tip/315.html
        Vote: In progress and Done
        Vote: Done
        State has changed from Draft to Accepted

    TIP 316 by Donal K. Fellows : Portable Access Functions for Stat Buffers
        http://www.tcl.tk/cgi-bin/tct/tip/316.html
        Vote: In progress and Done
        State has changed from Draft to Accepted

    TIP 318 by Bill Poser : Extend Default Whitespace in 'string trim' Beyond ASCII
        http://www.tcl.tk/cgi-bin/tct/tip/318.html
        Vote: In progress and Done
        State has changed from Draft to Accepted

    TIP 320 by Donal K. Fellows : Improved Variable Handling in the Core Object System
        http://www.tcl.tk/cgi-bin/tct/tip/320.html
        Vote: In progress and Done
        State has changed from Draft to Accepted

    TIP 321 by Jos Decoster : Add a tk::busy Command
        http://www.tcl.tk/cgi-bin/tct/tip/321.html
        Vote: In progress and Done
        State has changed from Draft to Accepted

    TIP 323 by Colin McCormack : Do Nothing Gracefully
        http://www.tcl.tk/cgi-bin/tct/tip/323.html
        Vote: In progress and Done
        State has changed from Draft to Accepted

    TIP 325 by David N. Welton : System Tray Access
        http://www.tcl.tk/cgi-bin/tct/tip/325.html
        is a new TIP

    TIP 326 by Kieran Elby : Add -group Option to lsort
        http://www.tcl.tk/cgi-bin/tct/tip/326.html
        is a new TIP
        Title has changed ( was Add -group Option to lsort
        Vote: Done
        State has changed from Draft to Accepted
            hey, thats fast!

    TIP 327 by Miguel Sofer : Proper Tailcalls
        http://www.tcl.tk/cgi-bin/tct/tip/327.html
        is a new TIP

    TIP 328 by Miguel Sofer : Coroutines
        http://www.tcl.tk/cgi-bin/tct/tip/328.html
        is a new TIP


Thanks to Arjen Markus for his weekly summary of Wiki action:
  A large number of pages has been updated this week, but only a few
  caught your chronicler's attention. Well, an autumnal mood is setting
  in ...
  
  Cooperation please
  - For those intersted in new language constructs, both iterators
    <http://wiki.tcl.tk/3961> and cooperation via coroutines 
    <http://wiki.tcl.tk/21619> are worth a visit.
  
  - Actions are another concept that seems to make a lot of sense:
    especially to simply your GUIs - <http://wiki.tcl.tk/11505>
  
  - Smart software should not get too smart. Entering dates into
    a user-interface is an area that requires lots of care -
    <http://wiki.tcl.tk/3019>
  
  - We have seen various discussions about what method to use to build a
    website ... Here is another contribution: a framework to use the
    REST method. <http://wiki.tcl.tk/21623>
  
  Simple and elegant
  - This French page picks up the Tcl bindings to GTK ... SWIG
    in action: <http://wfr.tcl.tk/1684>
  
  - When you restrict yourself a bit, you can easily program Tcl 
    in C style - <http://wiki.tcl.tk/1285>
    
  - Is Tcl's chronology so linear? Well, even if it is not, here
    is a nice crystal-clear overview: <http://wiki.tcl.tk/1721>
  
  - Who needs brilliant and diverting graphics, when you can have
    a text-based adeventure game? <http://wiki.tcl.tk/21135>
  

Everything Tcl-related you want is probably one or two clicks away in these
pages:
    The "Welcome to comp.lang.tcl" message by Andreas Kupries
        http://www.purl.org/net/tcl-welcome
    comp.lang.tcl is a crucial resource for Tcl practitioners.
    An interesting perspective on its traffic appears at
        http://groups.google.com/group/comp.lang.tcl/about

    The Tcl Developer Site is Tcl's "home base".
	http://www.tcl.tk

    Larry Virden maintains a comp.lang.tcl FAQ launcher.
        http://www.purl.org/NET/Tcl-FAQ/

    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:
        http://www.tcl.tk/resource/
    The TDX sponsor, ActiveState, also keeps info to convince your
    boss Tcl is a good thing
        http://www.tcl.tk/scripting/

    The Tcl'ers Wiki is a huge, dynamic, collaboratively edited repository
    of documentation, examples, tutorials and pontifications on all things 
    Tcl.
        http://wiki.tcl.tk/0
    For the ideal overview of the topics about Tcl most likely to
    interest a newcomer, see "Arts and Crafts ..."
        http://wiki.tcl.tk/969
    There's also a high-quality Wikibook on Tcl:
        http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Programming:Tcl

    ActiveState maintains binaries distribution and development tools
        http://www.activestate.com/Tcl
    along with a Cookbook of Tcl recipes
        http://aspn.activestate.com/ASPN/Cookbook/Tcl

    "La Gazette du Técleux" is an important monthly publication.
	http://wfr.tcl.tk/1159

    deli.cio.us presents an intriguing approach to reference commentary.
    It already aggregates quite a bit of Tcl intelligence.
        http://del.icio.us/tag/tcl

    Cameron Laird tracks several Tcl/Tk references of interest (but
    needs to validate many of the links).
        http://phaseit.net/claird/comp.lang.tcl/

    Years ago, Cetus Links maintained a Tcl/Tk page with verified links
        http://www.cetus-links.org/oo_tcl_tk.html

    "Yahoo! Groups" archives comp.lang.tcl.announce posts--even 
    though clta itself is dormant.
        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tcl_announce/

We're working on more useful archives of past installments.  In the
meantime, an alternative is
  http://groups.google.com/groups?oi=djq&as_q=+Tcl-URL&...

Suggestions/corrections for next week's posting are always welcome.

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