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Performance Computing: The State of Tcl

Jul 26, 1999, 16:30 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Over the last ten years, the Tcl scripting language has progressed from its simple beginning as an embeddable command language. It became popular in the early 1990s as a general-purpose tool for creating UNIX GUIs, then spread to the Windows and Macintosh platforms, Internet/Web applications, and a variety of other environments involving integration or automation. Tcl is now poised to play a major role for enterprise integration, XML, and embedded devices."

"I estimate there are more than 500,000 Tcl developers around the world, and the number is nearly doubling each year. Last year saw several interesting developments in the Tcl world, which fostered further growth in Tcl usage."

"Last year was an excellent year for open-source software in general. The success of Linux raised awareness of open-source software and helped many people understand its benefits. Open-source software used to be thought of as flaky and unreliable, but people are now coming to realize that the open-source development process produces packages that are quite robust, often more so than commercially developed systems. As a result, more organizations are becoming comfortable using open-source packages. This has benefited not just Linux, but also Tcl, Apache, Sendmail, and many other open-source packages."

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