Tcl-URL! - 1998/09/14

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

  • c.l.t activity balloons as programmers rush back from vacation and on to this week's Conference
  • Event of the week: Larry Virden relocates the Tcl FAQ Launcher
  • "Sound Playback in Tcl/Tk!" is the name of the month's most entertaining thread. It's dense with technical specifics and well-informed speculations. Read the whole thread, including its relatives which discuss extension philosophies and marketing stances (see [L2 ]) and (see [L3 ])
  • Christopher Nelson launches a project to enhance the Tcl distribution documentation (see [L4 ])
  • A resurgence of activity in Tcl for {Java,COM,MacOS} has arisen recently. Andrew Friedl, for example, announces Blackbox Software's release of AxTcl80 (see [L5 ])
  • How does one automate generations? Well, Nat Pryce generalizes (C/C++ programmers') makedepend into portability by coding it in Tcl (see [L6 ])
  • Harald Kirsh updates his "rule base command execution" utility (see [L7 ]) and Paul Duffin responds to Alex Ferrieux's appeal for structured Tcl developmental pathways with several ideas on cross-platform considerations (see [L8 ]) As it happens, a few quiet groups are already working on these ideas. More to come ... In the meantime, see also Alex's "CALL FOR IDEAS" on modularization (see [L9 ])
  • Bob Techentin lucidly summarizes Tcl's marketing position in only three sentences (see [L10 ])
  • Regexps intoxicate to overuse. That creates its own reality, of course. Joe English nicely exemplifies application of his COST SGML-aware extension, but warns that it's too rigorous for most of URLland. (see [L11 ])
  • Donal Fellows mentions "one of the best ideas I've seen" and "one of the main strengths of Tcl" in a single post (see [L12 ]) Earlier, he sketched implementation of an "About ..." facility (see [L13 ])
  • Donald G Porter splits source blocks into individual interpretable command lists, with correct handling of semi-colon delimeters (see [L14 ])