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Cameron Laird

Apr 13, 2005, 4:58:33 PM4/13/05
QOTW: "Tcl is just a thin language veneer over common sense." -- Richard

"Great news group! Two prompt replies, each answering one of my questions.
Tcl is simple, but subtle." -- Gerry Snyder

"Option resource files are fantastic, they can greatly simplify the Tk
portion of your code by separating the appearance stuff from the actual
functionality." -- Bryan Schofield

POTW: tkstyle usefully manages Tk option databases.

Bothered by dispatch overhead in your interpreter? Benjamin
Vitale can relieve you, at least under special circumstances.

Robert Heller and Bryan Schofield concisely answer
little-known but easily understood questions about
"disabled" and widget options more generally.

Bryan Oakley writes with his usual wisdom about

Salvatore Sanfilippo dashes off a good-looking "Fast
WC in Tcl", while others ponder how to position Tcl's
performance better for outsiders.

Thanks to Arjen Markus for his report from the Wiki(s):
As work on the categorisation of the many many Wiki pages
continues (thanks to Larry Virden, your chronicler thinks it
is time to acknowledge his work!), there is an incredible
number of pages in the "Recent changes" list. Let us name
but a few ...

- Want to send an email with an attachment? Here is
a page that shows you how to do this:

- Want to process some text file and you do not know
how? Perhaps <http://wiki.tcl.tk/13762> has just the
tip for you.

- One kind of text processing is finding the lines with
a particular textual pattern ... <http://wiki.tcl.tk/6766>
has a complete application for you.

Coding styles
- Setting up and maintaining a Tk application may benefit
from a certain design style. <http://wiki.tcl.tk/11290>
may not be to everybody's liking, but it at least gives
you some hints.

- Ever wanted the "object-style" for dealing with files,
in the same vein as Tk? <http://wiki.tcl.tk/13246>
is there!

- Okay, like it or not, but sometimes C and Tcl paradigms
must be combined. In this case: C's structs and file
scoping rules to make C programmers more comfortable
with Tcl - <http://wiki.tcl.tk/13785>

Human aspects
- Would you like to contribute to the lightweight
implementation of the Tcl language, known as Jim?
<http://wiki.tcl.tk/13792> is the place to coordinate
the activities.

- Even if I can not read these pages myself, I enjoy
seeing Tcl's syntax rules in, say, Icelandic ...

- Meeting your fellow-Tcler - the fifth meeting in
Europe in May: let us make it a success
<http://wiki.tcl.tk/10647> asks for presentations!

Everything Tcl-related you want is probably one or two clicks away in these
The "Welcome to comp.lang.tcl" message by Andreas Kupries

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 ..."

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

Cetus Links maintains a Tcl/Tk page with verified links

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