Tcl-URL! - 1998/08/31

by Cameron Laird - 'DejaNews:'' [L1 ]

I fear that a market for a digest of these digests will develop before I learn on my own how best to abbreviate them.

  • Tcl is one of the four candidates OMG is considering as the official language for scripting CORBA and
  • Stefaan A Eeckels helps Jeremy Yabrow slash the CPU time of a critical operation from 18 minutes to a few seconds with a simple application of an idea that came from reading sources (see [L2 ])
  • The topic of GUI builders vs. programmatic interface construction fascinates me, particularly when informed by concrete examples and experiments. That's what Scott Raney, Bryan Oakley, Donal K. Fellow, and several others contribute in threads most cogently summarized in (see [L3 ]) and (see [L4 ]) Of course, with Tcl one can have *both* GUI building and textual rendering ...
  • "library" is wickedly polysemous, and a particular trial for those just beginning programming. Larry Virden methodically lays out the key concepts in (see [L5 ])
  • JStrack is a Tcl/Tk freeware hurricane tracking program (see [L6 ])
  • What's good style with namespaces? George A. Howlett illustrates that there is *no* good style for some of what one wants to write (see [L7 ]) Jim Ingham and others echo forms of this. Eric Galluzzo answers a different question with a muscular explanation of his intelligent coding practice (see [L8 ]) Eric pulls the same trick of gratuitously answering a more interesting question than the one asked, in outlining a drag-and-drop implemenation (see [L9 ])
  • Beast combines the capabilities of Scotty and Expect, to make a powerful network and system administration package that simplifies jobs that $100,000 commercial products don't seem to do (see [L10 ]) Keep an eye on Ian Jarrett's Web site for example applications that he expects to make available over the coming weeks
  • "Virtuous cycle" is the trope I use as an antonym of "vicious cycle". Mike Tiller, for example, contributes a careful, detailed report of his already-deep experience with TclPro--and Melissa Hirschl follows with illuminating replies and plans that make clear how seriously Scriptics takes user feedback (see [L11 ])
  • Both command lines and command lists sometimes look like "... -flag1 value1 -flag2 value2 ..." Matt Gushee hints at the slick way to parse these (see [L12 ])
  • John Ousterhout solicits comments on the future direction of Tcl (see [L13 ])

comp.lang.tcl.announce is back online, and includes several important announcements which only lack of space precludes detailing here.