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Tcl/Tk: Handling String Expressions

Mar 09, 2011, 14:02 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Tcl (Tool Command Language) is a scripting language originally designed for embedded system platforms. Since its creation, Tcl has grown far beyond its original design with numerous expansions and additions (such as the graphical Took Kit or Tk) to become a full-featured scripted programming language capable of creating elegant, cross-platform solutions.


"When I first started using Tcl, everything I read or researched stressed the mantra "Everything is a string". Coming from a hard-typed coding environment, I was used to declaring variable types and in Tcl this was not needed. A set command could—and still does—create the variable and assigns the type on the fly. For example, set variable "7" and set variable 7 will both create a variable containing 7. However, with Tcl, you can still print the variable containing a numeric 7 and add 1 to the variable containing a string representation of 7.

"It still holds true today that everything in Tcl is a string. When we explore the TK Toolkit and widget creation, you will rapidly see that widgets themselves have a set of string values that determine their appearance and/or behavior."

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