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Tcl-URL! for February 14, 2001

Feb 14, 2001, 20:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bill Schongar)

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Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2001 10:46:25 -0600 (CST)
From: Bill Schongar bschonga@cisco.com
To: Dr.Dobb's.Tcl-URL.distribution@starbase.neosoft.com
Newsgroups: comp.lang.tcl
Subject: Dr. Dobb's Tcl-URL! - weekly Tcl news and links (Feb 14)

QOTW from Rick Hedin: "... After spending a year messing with Java, we moved the project to Tcl/Tk. Guess what? It works."

Please note: Due to Google's purchase of Deja.com on February 12, links to articles are in a bit of a mess. Rather than put in links which may be dead in a week, this week's focus is on things that can be summarized and links that shouldn't go away any time real soon. As soon as links are happier, we'll put 'em back in. Thanks for your patience...

Thinking of forming your own country? Well, you'll need a flag.. so why not try a Tcl extension that makes one for you? Richard Suchenwirth put up the following Wiki page to show how:
http://purl.org/thecliff/tcl/wiki/1223.html

Images not working right through the HTTP package? George Petasis has a possible solution: binary scan.
http://deja.com/getdoc.xp?AN=725052237

Tcl-Url important note: You may notice that links to original articles no longer points to Deja.com - they were purchased February 12, 2001 by Google.com, and at the moment there's a question as to where the data will end up. Apologies for any bad links in the interim...

Jean-Luc Fontaine announces tclperl-2.1, with improvements including multiple interpreters. Get it at:
http://jfontain.free.fr/tclperl-2.1.tar.gz
http://jfontain.free.fr/tclperl-2.1-1.i386.rpm
http://jfontain.free.fr/tclperl-2.1-1.spec
http://jfontain.free.fr/tclperl.htm

Jean-Luc keeps right on going by announcing version 13.1 of moodss, (Modular Object Oriented Dynamic SpreadSheet), available at:
http://jfontain.free.fr/moodss-13.1.tar.gz
http://jfontain.free.fr/moodss-13.1-1.i386.rpm
http://jfontain.free.fr/moodss-13.1-1.spec

Hey, Mac users! Mats Bengtsson announces a native message box for Mac OS 8.0 and higher. It's available here:
http://hem.fyristorg.com/matben/download/MovableAlerts.sit

The Tcl Improvement Process (TIP) continues on, and TIPs #11 and #19 have been added to the list. For details, see:
http://www.scriptics.com:8080/cgi-bin/tct/tip/11.html
http://www.scriptics.com:8080/cgi-bin/tct/tip/19.html

Wondering about an open-source interface builder? One recommendation from the studio audience: vtcl.
http://vtcl.sourceforge.net

The Tcl Core Team (TCT) is looking for some volunteers to take responsibility for certain functional areas. Want to enlist? email: tcl-core@lists.sourceforge.com

Offering Tcl Training classes? People would like to know, so make sure you're on the list!
http://dev.scriptics.com/resource/community/commercial/training/

Mac users - here's a build of Itcl 3.1 for 8.3.2 from Daniel Steffen, in case you were running into incompatibility problems...
Binaries:
http://www.maths.mq.edu.au/~steffen/tcltk/itcl/Mac_Itcl3.1_8.3.2p1.sit.bin
Sources:
http://www.maths.mq.edu.au/~steffen/tcltk/itcl/Mac_Itcl3.1_8.3.2p1_Src.sit.bin

Wondering where Jeff Hobbs went? He's still the Tcl Guy, but now he's at ActiveState. Good news for Tcl availability and visibility, see the ActiveState website in a week or two for details:
http://www.activestate.com

Miguel Sofer has eye-popping early results from a new optimizer. Stay tuned for more on this subject. Also, Donal Fellows reported a "win-win" patch for those working with large collections of small in-memory strings (like the ordered list of all characters in a byte stream).
http://sourceforge.net/patch/?func=detailpatch&patch_id=103709&group_id=10894

When is 8.4 going to be released? What about 9.0? Well, the former is a pretty stable alpha, and may soon be moving to stable beta with Jeff's new "100% Tcl" job. The latter, well, it may be a while before enough major features make it worth the new designator of "9.0".

Iain B Findleton announces an update to the Image 1.0 package for Windows. It fixes some stuff and enhances some stuff; go here
http://pages.infinit.net/cclients
for details

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/

Brent Welch maintains "The Tcl Developer Xchange", a highly organized resource center of documents and software with provisions for individuals to "set up a link to your software and update ... as you release new versions."
http://dev.scriptics.com/resource/

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

Mark Harrison publishes summaries of Tcl Core Team (TCT) activity
http://tcltk.com/docs/tct/

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
or
http://www.dejanews.com/dnquery.xp?QRY=~g%20comp.lang.tcl%20Tcl-URL%21

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