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Linux Month: Interview With John Ousterhout - Author of Tcl/TK

Dec 25, 2000, 21:19 (0 Talkback[s])
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"An interesting interview with John Ousterhout after the recent sale of his company, Ajuba Solutions. John talks about the status of Tcl/TK, how the sale of Ajuba affects the Language and where Tcl/TK development is headed."

"What were some of the challenges you faced when you first developed TCL and TK?

"John: The challenge that led to the development of Tcl was building command languages for interactive applications. My graduate students and I had been working on a number of programs that needed command languages, and we had built a bunch of bad command languages. The goal for Tcl was to create an extensible core for a good command language, then reuse that core in a variety of applications. This goal led to much of Tcl's design, including its powerful features for extensibility, its embeddability, and its simple string-oriented syntax."

"Did you ever think Tcl/Tk would be this successfull?"

"John: I had no idea at all. I built Tcl purely for my own personal use; I didn't think anyone else would care about it. It was a pleasant surprise when I gave a few talks on Tcl and people seemed interested, and a total shock when the user community ballooned into the hundreds of thousands over the next few years."

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