Tcl-URL! Weekly Tcl News and Links (May 13)
May 14, 2002, 09:00 (0 Talkback[s])
QOTW: "There are 23 of us. We just have a large number of aliases and like
chatting with ourselves on usenet." J.M. Ivler, in response to a question
about the number of Tcl users world-wide
"Yeah, the HCW docs make little sense until you've read the base RTF spec
(at least the first couple of sections).
After you've read the base RTF spec, you'll see that the tags don't make
any sense at all. RTF, especially WINHELP-style RTF, is the most
astonishingly awful file format I have ever seen." -Joe English
Donal Fellows explains a favorite idiom for interpreter aliases.
The problems of concurrency and reentrancy:
An interesting thread covering what it is safe to do in event "proc"s,
specifically relating to filevents, but rapidly became more general.
Kevin Kenny has posted a wonderful article Update Considered Harmful" on
The power of the grid manager:
Basic window management, that wasn't, and then was again...
Documentation, proof that people are never happy:
The Tcl documentation is now available in original "Windows Help"
format. This was something that many people had requested, and curiously
many of those same people derided the shortcomings of the format once it
was provided. Still a great job, available at:
Incidentally, the manual pages are available as a portable Tk
The standard debates on programmer population and licensing:
"I'm not dead yet"
multixterm is really cool.
The totally wonderful moods got released twice; first to 15.14 then to
16, we can hardly keep up... Still all available at:
e4graph was updated and is now at its final alpha release:
pbForth (TCL, forth and Lego, woohoo) was updated:
Privaria an interesting implementation of peer-to-peer networking:
BWidgets version 1.4 (part of tcllib) which has been largely stable in
CVS for a while, was released:
Everything you want is probably one or two clicks away in these pages:
The "Welcome to comp.lang.tcl" message by Andreas Kupries
Larry Virden maintains a comp.lang.tcl FAQ launcher
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."
The Xchange sponsor 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 Tcl.
For the ideal overview of the topics about Tcl most likely to
interest a newcomer, see "Arts and Crafts ..."
ActiveState Tools maintains a Cookbook of Tcl recipes
NeoSoft has a comp.lang.tcl contributed sources archive
Cameron Laird tracks many Tcl/Tk references of interest
Cetus Links maintains a Tcl/Tk page with verified links
Google Groups archives comp.lang.tcl.announce posts
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