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LinuxWorld: TclPro 1.3 pays off for heavy Tcl users

Jan 04, 2000, 23:36 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bryan Oakley, Cameron Laird)

"Free software products like the Linux operating system and Tcl scripting language are now important and valuable enough to spawn their own commercial add-ons. One such is the TclPro "development environment," which promises to multiply the productivity of professional programmers. But does it fulfill that promise?"

"Tcl (Tool Command Language) and its GUI sidekick Tk (Toolkit) have been available in one form or another for more than a decade. John Ousterhout originally designed Tcl as a freely available embedded command language when he was a professor at the University of California at Berkeley. Over the past decade Ousterhout, now chief executive officer of Scriptics, has nurtured Tcl into a formidable standalone scripting language that rivals the likes of Perl and Python. One of its great strengths is its platform independence: Tcl code can run virtually unchanged on platforms as diverse as Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, and most every version of Unix, including, of course, Linux...."

"So what is TclPro? TclPro is a development environment that Scriptics created to make it easier to develop and maintain robust applications that use the Tcl language. TclPro is actually a suite of tools: a debugger, a static analyzer, an application "wrapper," and a byte compiler. In addition, it comes with an enhanced version of the standard Tcl distribution that incorporates many of the most popular Tcl extensions."

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