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Tcl-URL! for June 19, 2000

Jun 19, 2000, 16:16 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bob Techentin)


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Date: Mon, 19 Jun 2000 10:12:07 -0500 (CDT)
From: Bob Techentin techentin.robert@mayo.edu
Newsgroups: comp.lang.tcl
Subject: Dr. Dobb's Tcl-URL! - weekly Tcl news and links (Jun 19)

Big news is the Tcl 8.4 roadmap, presented by the Ajuba core team [TCT]
Take a look at the planned features, and consider volunteering. There's a lot of good stuff going on. See the discussion
One branch thread on localization included several volunteers to add new languages to the message catalog

For a fascinating update on the uses of Itcl/Tk in the development of the Mars Pathfinder flight code, see this posting from one of the Pathfinder project's engineers
Follow the whole thread to see more on testing, provably correct code, and design by contract.

Although officially announced last week, Don Porter's drop-in replacement for the package utility has been discussed. In particular, Don responded to a request for specific details of the advantages of his new package scheme.

On compiling Tcl on the Mac ... Nobody had gotten around to building 8.3.1, which is much more stable than 8.3.0. Jim Ingham and Donal Fellows are consipiring to describe the process
Oh, and look for new binaries real soon now too.

Does anybody know how the byte code compiler really works? After some group rumination, Brian Lewis piped up with a post in which he states that he does, in fact, remember how things work, and also posted a pointer to a paper which gives an overview of the compiler

Which VC++ should I buy? Opinions abound, with a lot of hints for using the free cygwin compiler on Windows, or even cross compiling from Linux.

Paul Duffin reiterates, with only moderate shouting, the simplicity of Tcl's Stubs mechanism and its benefit of CROSS PLATFORM CONSISTENCY. For a little more complete description, see

The First European Tcl/Tk Users Meeting is over, and as promised, the papers are available

Quote of the Week is a dead-on tie: Paul Duffin: Sexy things are just too distracting for me to do my job properly and trendy things always cost too much and have to be changed too often ;-)

Mo DeJong: Java is a great language, but don't every try to write a GUI in Java.

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

Scriptics maintains a highly organized Tcl resource center

They also keep info to convince your boss Tcl is a good thing

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

Findmail archives comp.lang.tcl.announce posts

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