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ZDNet: Tcl Counselor 2: TclKit Solves Problems

Oct 22, 2000, 16:20 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cameron Laird)

"The challenges I face often have to do with configuration and deployment. Debuggers, editors, and other components of conventional "integrated development environments" don't impassion me the same way; a future installment of "Tcl Counselor" will look at those. Code-slinging programming and debugging rarely occupies much of my time, even though those are the fun tasks. The biggest puzzles I face typically involve working out details of how to install and maintain hundreds of desktop application instances, or how to co-ordinate development by a distributed team of engineers. This is where TclKit comes in handiest."

"Think of the normal course of development of a Tcl application: you quickly put together a nice working model expressed as several source code files, plus a few compiled-object extensions, a configuration file or two, and perhaps a database backend. It works flawlessly! You're a success! Now, how do you get it to do the same on any host other than your development workstation?"

"The traditional answer is with an installation procedure that takes responsibility for locating a usable version of the Tcl interpreter (which itself requires that at least three, and possibly many more, files be in place), situating all source files and configuration specifications where they'll be found, and spinning up a database or other services."

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