Dr. Dobb's Tcl-URL! - weekly Tcl news and links (Dec 16)

Dr. Dobb's Tcl-URL! - weekly Tcl news and links (Dec 16)

Post by John Sea » Thu, 18 Dec 2003 04:24:50


OTW: "The alphabet's not going to change anytime soon, so just hard code
it once." -- Glenn Jackman

"Training people to enter sensible bug reports is a long hard job." -- D.
Richard Hipp


POTW: Tcl Dev Kit 3.0 by ActiveState. "[A] powerful set of
development tools and extended Tcl platform for professional
Tcl developers. Tcl Dev Kit is the upgrade path for users of
the original TclPro, featuring new and enhanced functionality."
http://www.ActiveState.com/Tcl_Dev_Kit


Your humble contributing editor wondered how big a source file
others were comfortable with, before feeling the urge to split it
into smaller files. My personal limit seems to be 300-600 lines:
http://groups.google.com/groups?th=3b131b0e46b1c8f5

You can write GUIs for a long time without ever learning about
[bindtags], but eventually you'll probably have to concern your-
self with the order in which bindings and state changes occur:
http://groups.google.com/groups?th=1e39497a621a0adc

The helpful and friendly Tcl homework elves work overtime to
convert a nested list into an indented outline:
http://groups.google.com/groups?th=344b482f48c4273b

A call for community involvement in populating tklib, which has
languished with respect to tcllib:
http://groups.google.com/groups?th=fe4f62825645b11c

Oh Tcl, dear Tcl, you are so mercifully free of the ravages of
keywords! (With apologies to Terry Gilliam.)
http://groups.google.com/groups?th=a849b7f54fd37bdc

Options for Tcl CGI programming, if you need sessions:
http://groups.google.com/groups?th=77279e1cff7c20e7

Thanks to Arjen Markus for his summary of recent Wiki activity:
As usual, here are the odd couple of pages that have somehow attracted
the attention of your chronicler:

Two completely different types of data processing:
- Taking HTML text apart: <http://wiki.tcl.tk/9153>. Put it in an array
and then you can do whatever you want...

- Putting a barcode (yes, those funny lines on the box with breakfast
cereal or whatever) together: <http://wiki.tcl.tk/10538>. Interested
in the background of those codes? Then I suggest you follow the leads
at <http://wiki.tcl.tk/2376>

Graphical stuff:
- Generating charts for displaying in webpages - <http://wiki.tcl.tk/9503>

- Fast blending two photos, using a bit of C ... <http://wiki.tcl.tk/10517>

- Tense at the end of the calendar year? Well, try this little spline
script <http://wiki.tcl.tk/10530>

Tools for Tclers:
- Keep a window on top? It is surprisingly complex, as witnessed on
<http://wiki.tcl.tk/3014>

- What tools to use to make life easier? <http://wiki.tcl.tk/3875> gives
an overview

- The project tklib is now open for contributions, let us have them!
<http://wiki.tcl.tk/1777> collects suggestions


Everything Tcl-related you want is probably one or two clicks away in these
pages:
The "Welcome to comp.lang.tcl" message by Andreas Kupries
http://www.purl.org/net/tcl-welcome

The Tcl Developer Site is Tcl's "home base".
http://www.tcl.tk

Larry Virden maintains a comp.lang.tcl FAQ launcher
http://www.purl.org/NET/Tcl-FAQ/

The Tcl Developer Xchange is a highly organized resource cente