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Tcl-URL! for June 19, 2000

Jun 19, 2000, 16:16 (0 Talkback[s])
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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]
http://dev.scriptics.com/software/tcltk/8.4.roadmap.html
Take a look at the planned features, and consider volunteering. There's a lot of good stuff going on. See the discussion
http://deja.com/getdoc.xp?AN=634022325
One branch thread on localization included several volunteers to add new languages to the message catalog
http://deja.com/viewthread.xp?AN=634807657

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
http://deja.com/getdoc.xp?AN=634056756
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.
http://deja.com/getdoc.xp?AN=634205536

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
http://purl.org/thecliff/tcl/wiki/CompilingTclOnAMac
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
http://deja.com/getdoc.xp?AN=635144338

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.
http://deja.com/viewthread.xp?AN=634360981

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
http://deja.com/getdoc.xp?AN=636307009

The First European Tcl/Tk Users Meeting is over, and as promised, the papers are available
http://deja.com/getdoc.xp?AN=636315742

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
http://www.westend.com/~kupries/c.l.t.welcome.html

Larry Virden maintains a comp.lang.tcl FAQ launcher
http://www.purl.org/NET/Tcl-FAQ/

Scriptics maintains a highly organized Tcl resource center
http://dev.scriptics.com/resource/

They also keep info to convince your boss Tcl is a good thing
http://dev.scriptics.com/scripting/

NeoSoft has a comp.lang.tcl contributed sources archive
http://www.neosoft.com/tcl/contributed-software/

Cameron Laird tracks many Tcl/Tk references of interest
http://starbase.neosoft.com/~claird/comp.lang.tcl/

Cetus Links maintains a Tcl/Tk page with verified links
http://www.cetus-links.org/oo_tcl_tk.html

Findmail archives comp.lang.tcl.announce posts
http://www.egroups.com/list/tcl_announce/

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http://purl.org/thecliff/tcl/url.html
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http://www.dejanews.com/dnquery.xp?QRY=~g%20comp.lang.tcl%20Tcl-URL%21

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