[incr Tcl] is an OO system for Tcl. The name is a play on C++, and [incr Tcl] provides a similar object model, including multiple inheritance, and public and private classes and variables. The name is often written as “itcl” as that contains no metacharacters (i.e., space or brackets).
[incr Tcl] is also the foundation of [incr Tk] and the Iwidgets megawidgets. The home page is http://incrtcl.sourceforge.net/itcl/ , and source code is available at http://sourceforge.net/projects/incrtcl
Marty Backe posted an apt testimonial to comp.lang.tcl: "I've been using Iwidgets for awhile now, and recently completed a project that was fully implemented in itcl (including Iwidgets). I'm converted. Once you write a program based on objects, you might be hard pressed to go back to the straight tcl way. It becomes VERY easy to write clear, concise code. Of course you can do the same with namespaces (that's what I've been doing), but it takes a lot more work, and the result isn't as satisfying (IMHO).
My current approach is to have one file that contains the main application, which primarily creates objects via class files sourced from a class/ directory. Each object is defined in one class file. This facilitates testing of the objects prior to integration into the application.
See Itcl trace.
Between 1995 and 2008 there were over a dozen OO extensions for Tcl: [incr Tcl] eventually won as the community recognised that the consolidating OO systems would permit the community to focus energies and gain strength.
From Tcl 8.5 itcl was revamped in an initiative called itcl-ng using the tclOO mechanisms; this formed the basis for the version of itcl that is integrated with Tcl 8.6. This is detail as it maintains the same itcl programmer interface.
FPX 2008-03-06: Yes. [incr Tcl] is very stable and robust, and it is still actively maintained to work with the latest versions of Tcl. Its Web presence may not always be up to date, but the code base in CVS is.
FPX 2008-03-06: [incr Tcl] 3.4 is required with Tcl 8.5 and later.
more about history here, if you please.
This page deliberately simplifies the status of itcl, the fact that it was separate to tcl, and how it won over the other object systems.