I maintain a blog at http://www.xanga.com/lvirden/ . I don't do a lot of babbling about Tcl or anything else there right now, due to internet access issues. Also, my blog is more about my daily aches and pains, as well as discussions about my kids - even down to one teenager at home, and one in college, still tends to dominate my world-view.
There are a number of other pages I have around the net - such as, for instance, http://myspace.com/lvirden/ or http://facebook.com/lvirden/ . Most of my web pages do not get updated frequently due to my intermittent internet access.
If you have Tcl applications, extensions, routines, documentation, articles, or general information that you provide (freely or commercially) on the internet, add them here at the wiki - the FAQ pages that I maintained in the past are pretty much of use only from a historical point of view. This wiki is a broader catalog, in general, though there are some things in the FAQ that haven't made it here yet.
From home, I typically surf the web via a telnet window on my employer's SPARC Sunblade and using lynx or I use an old version of Mozilla.
At work, during late 2005 I began using a Dell Windows XP system :-( ... most of the time, it is just used as an Exceed (X Window System server) box. I really miss having my Sun at my desk. But, I spend most of my time logged into a Solaris 9 or 10 SPARC. I am primary using either Internet Explorer 6 or Firefox 2 as my work based web browser.
Otherwise, I use what browser is available. I carry a copy of the Windows XP version of FireFox 2.x on a flash drive, just in case I need to use a real web browser
Currently at work I have the following Tcl books on my desk:
My personal copies:
and I've loaned out, somewhere, my personally signed copy of the incr tcl fromt he ground up book . ARRRGGGG! I can't figure out to whom this was loaned... which means that I don't have it any longer. This is TERRIBLE. I need another copy!
I also have company copies of:
At home, I have copies of
I don't recall but I don't think I have any of the other Tcl books.
Things to think about:
Anyone who has used Tcl and feels it has contributed positively to them should take a little time and contribute back. Contributions can range from making code that you have written available, to submitting Tcl/Tk bug reports, patches to suggesting improvements to http://tcl.sf.net/ , to updating Wiki pages here, etc.
Many times people complain about how Tcl works. It usually sounds like they are expecting Tcl to act in a manner similar to some other language. They generally sound frustrated, sometimes expressing threats to move off to some other language.
Unfortunately, I am uncertain which other language to recommend to them. Some want a scripting language which cares less about white space than Tcl. I suppose I could recommend Perl. Sometimes they seek languages which enforce variable naming or provide tighter scoping. I could probably recommend Python. Unfortunately that requires a particular physical code layout style, but might be able to do the rest of what they want. Or maybe Ruby would better suit them.
I do wish them all good luck finding a scripting language that is fast, flexible, enforcing the level of strictness desired, but permitting one to code in in their own personal style. It's a holy grail that programmers sometimes spend significant portions of their lives seeking. Many will tell you that this language, or that one, has satisfied them. In my own personal quest, I have yet to find the ultimate solution.
I am lvirden when I can get on the Tcl'ers Chat Tcl Chatroom.
Now that the chatroom has moved to IRC , I am no longer able to access it during the work day. Maybe some day there will be web page access again.
I wouldn't even begin to guess how many of the 20000+ pages on this wiki I have either started or contributed a lot to - it would not be modest to mention, I guess... (and if my family ever saw, I would be in big trouble for spending so much time here...)
Some favorite quotes
"When Larry's not writing or programming, he spends his time napping and daydreaming about napping."
That is likely to be the legacy I leave my kids...
- Henry David Thoreau
Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut." - Albert Einstein
Larry Wall, the conclusion of the interview is:
Merry Christmas to all! And Happy Holidays as well!
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