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SunWorld: Tk sets the standard

Aug 08, 2000, 07:56 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cameron Laird, Kathryn Soraiz)

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"Tk is currently undergoing its most significant change since it was first ported to the Mac OS in the mid-'90s. The TkGS team, led by Frédéric Bonnet, is reworking Tk's internal design to improve performance and maintainability. It is widely anticipated that once this is completed, Tk ports to Microwindows or Nanox will be quick and nimble."

"Tk is the established basis for successful commercial GUI applications, many of which have stringent requirements for scale and performance. One is Red Hat's Source-Navigator IDE (integrated development environment), used with all programming languages. Red Hat engineer Mo DeJong recently wrote, 'We are really pushing to make it the default IDE for Linux.'"

"O'Reilly is one of many commentators to foresee open source Mozilla as the basis for the standardized toolkit of the future. This might make Tk more popular than ever, because Steve Ball of Zveno is working with TkGecko to create a Tk extension that allows the NewLayout rendering engine to be embedded in a Tk application as a Tk widget."

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