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Linux Programming: The New Programmer's Road Map: Tcl/Tk and GTK+

Jun 06, 2000, 13:38 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Fink)

[ Thanks to Kevin Reichard for this link. ]

"Tcl/Tk has an interactive mode (not unlike Python or LISt Processing, for example). You can build objects just by typing in the syntax in interactive mode. So in effect, I would type in a bunch of syntax and suddenly off somewhere on my X display a little box pops up. Then a button, a label, some more buttons, more labels, etc. Eventually I made it do something (I honestly cannot remember now what that something was--I am sure it was cool though)."

"At the time, I thought this was just too nifty and really, still do. It was a heck of a lot of fun, and I saw why Tcl/Tk had become so popular. Not unlike other GUI languages, a lot of people found it a blast to hack on and shared the results (whether useful or not)."

"While GTK does not offer the interpretive interface that Tcl/Tk does, it is still quite rewarding: anyone who has worked even with interpretive languages realizes you must enter all of the syntax in a file anyway on larger projects. ... GTK+ uses a C-style syntax where most of what one does in the way of generic operations is done by using the libraries. To me, this is no different than doing my homework with the glibc documentation, and for this I see why GTK+ is so popular. A C or C++ programmer should have no problems (after a bit of reading) getting up to speed with GTK+. Since I have a preference for C/C++ of course I really enjoyed it and definitely recommend it for a C/C++ programmer on UNIX."

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