Tcl-URL! - 1998/10/05

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

There are plans for 8.0.4.

  • The public visibility of Tcl continues to rise. John Ousterhout will deliver the Keynote Address at next year's Usenix Annual Technical Conference while Mark Hall's editorial in the November 1998 issue of *Performance Computing* mentions Scriptics as an example of the growing legitimacy of open-source software [administrative note: this is a big deal, because Hall is known for his rapport with Serious Organizations that spend lots of money] and Nicholas Petreley salutes scripting in *InfoWorld* Consortium Director Peter Salus is speaking at DECUS '98/LA this week
  • Good leadership balances knowledge and practice: Larry Virden explains that Scriptics is only a part of the Tcl world (see [L2 ]) and actively expands the boundaries of that world with the launch of his Tcl projects page (see [L3 ])
  • Alexandre Ferrieux encourages fileevent programming, even under Win* (see [L4 ]) and summarizes in two lines the state-of-the-art in wedding ActiveX and Tcl (see [L5 ])
  • Eric Boudaillier gave a nice minimal "click-draining" routine; Donal Fellows significantly refines it (see [L6 ])
  • To my surprise, Paul Duffin's deeply substantive suggestion on a way to simplify management of extensions inspired no follow-ups (see [L7 ])
  • George Howlett, Don Libes, Donal Fellows, Tom Poindexter, and Jeffrey Hobbs give the very practical education to prospective extension-writers of relating their own experiences "poking in the internals" (see [L8 ])
  • "Free for the downloading" data management which works: Linux, Sybase, and Tom Poindexter's SybTcl (see [L9 ])
  • Despite the widespread use of the Plugin (see [L10 ]) it was at risk for a kind of abandonment. Laurent Demailly saves it from that fate (see [L11 ])
  • Many people this week had trouble finding Don Libes' explanation of how to send control characters with Expect
  • "Visual C++ will be the referencing compiler for Tcl/Tk on Windows" (see [L12 ])
  • Donal K. Fellows offers a pleasant little loadable (of course) extension which turns procedures into functions (see [L13 ])
  • "ps_dump_frame takes a frame as argument and dumps all canvases and graphs under that frame into one postscript file," according to Leo Schubert (see [L14 ])