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Tcl-URL! Weekly Tcl News and Links (September 10)

Sep 11, 2002, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])

QOTW:  "Endless loops are just as endless with a faster processor."
David Gravereaux

"I am still amazed that thinking 'Maybe I should add a GUI' almost takes
longer than actually adding it."  Peter Spjuth   

"This is a fundamental feature of Tcl.  Commands are commands are commands.
It makes no difference whether you coded them in C or in Tcl.  It makes no
difference whether they're built-in or supplied as an 'extension'.
Anything that operates on a command can work on all of them the same way."
Donald G. Porter


    Window decorations--the "go-away 'X'" and friends--are a continuing
    fascination.  Joe English explains why it's so hard to get them
    right
        http://groups.google.com/groups?th=541164ea31829b84
    When will Tk-ers settle this topic?

    Donal Fellows demonstrates trace idioms that make coding both
    easier and more powerful
        http://groups.google.com/groups?th=c145fa57ded202c7

    It's the Tcl Way:  get the computer to do your work for you.  In
    this case, Glenn Jackman and allies explain to Bryan Oakley how
    to configure vim for clever Tcl-savvy editing
        http://groups.google.com/groups?th=24332f92a66fdcc9

    Kevin Kenny explains how a professional thinks about "Dr. Watson"
    and analogous apparent disasters
        http://groups.google.com/groups?th=1b416c0a985c2972


Arjen Markus summarizes the week in Wikiland:
    A lot of pages on the Wiki concern support of some kind. Let us 
    review them:
    - How to combine Fortran programs with Tcl/Tk? Well, a tutorial has
      been started at <http://wiki.tcl.tk/3999>;.
    - How to effectively request help with Tcl? Just read 
      <http://wiki.tcl.tk/1639>;.
    - How to debug your Tcl/Tk scripts? Again, the Wiki has answers,
      <http://wiki.tcl.tk/473>; and maybe "Errx" is the tool for your
      problems, <http://wiki.tcl.tk/3984>;.
    - How to use UNICODE? This page has the pointers to get all the
      information you need, <http://wiki.tcl.tk/1364>;.
    
    We should be proud of this little gem: it was started by George Stapleton,
    discussed in the Tcl chatroom and elaborated by Richard Suchenwirth:
    rotating photo images over an arbitrary angle. It all begins at
    <http://wiki.tcl.tk/3986>; and it ends up with <http://wiki.tcl.tk/4022>;.

    The last collection could be titled: Algorithms of all sorts.
    - Manipulating vectors and matrices, a collection of links appears at
      <http://wiki.tcl.tk/4012>;.
    - Snit is an object-like package, developed around the idea of delegation,
      rather than inheritance. See <http://wiki.tcl.tk/3963>;, but 
      <http://wiki.tcl.tk/3712>; is the main reason for its occurrence.
    - Tuplespaces are used to communicate indirectly via a publish/subscribe 
      paradigm. Elegant and powerful, and simply Tcl: 
      <http://wiki.tcl.tk/3947>;.
    

Everything 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

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

    Brent Welch maintains "The Tcl Developer Xchange", a highly
    organized resource center of documents and software with
    provisions for individuals to "set up a link to your software
    and update ... as you release new versions."
        http://www.tcl-tk.net/resource/
    The Xchange sponsor also keeps info to convince your boss Tcl
    is a good thing
        http://www.tcl-tk.net/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

    ActiveState Tools maintains a Cookbook of Tcl recipes
        http://aspn.activestate.com/ASPN/Cookbook/Tcl

    NeoSoft has a comp.lang.tcl contributed sources archive
        http://www.neosoft.com/tcl/contributed-software/

    Cameron Laird tracks many Tcl/Tk references of interest
        http://starbase.neosoft.com/~claird/comp.lang.tcl/

    Cetus Links maintains a Tcl/Tk page with verified links
        http://www.cetus-links.org/oo_tcl_tk.html

    Google Groups archives comp.lang.tcl.announce posts
        http://groups.yahoo.com/group/tcl_announce/   

Previous - (U)se the (R)esource, (L)uke! - messages are listed here:
  http://purl.org/thecliff/tcl/url.html
--in principal.  In spring 2001, though,
  http://www.ddj.com/topics/tclurl/
  http://tcl.activestate.com:8004/tclurl/
are more consistently up-to-date.  A fourth possibility is                 
  http://groups.google.com/groups?oi=djq&as_q=+Tcl-URL!&as_ugroup=comp.lang.tcl  

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

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