Tcl-URL! - weekly Tcl news and links (Sep 16)

QOTW: "Because Don is a smart person." - Ron Fox, in response to, "Why
did Don Libes choose Tcl ...?"

"[interact] is pretty amazing." - aspect

Alexandre Ferrieux exhibits his virtuousity by solving problems
with proprietary products, open-source tools, and more:
Who knew exec-fork was a way to get version information!?

Aejaks is slick Web development:

Shall the collective mind undertake byte-coding? Alexandre offers
discouraging words:

Thanks to Arjen Markus for his weekly summary of Wiki action:
Lots of packages this week on the Wiki, so perhaps there is something
useful for everybody.

User-interface stuff
- The Whim window manager is growing up fast. Check it out and use it.

- In its wake one sees the AEjaks package maturing too. This one is
for developing web applications - <>

- And for all those enamoured by 3D visualisation, have a look at
the latest improvements of Tcl3D at <>

Computational and automation stuff
- Want to make one of those beautifully typeset formulae?
Here is one way to do it ... <>

- Or perhaps you prefer the APL way? No problem:
<> is a golden oldie.

- Interfacing to Open Office for automation purposes, keeping
track of new versions of that package requires some work.

- A neural network is one of those mathematical techniques for
solving certain types of problems. You can nicely visualise
them, set them and train them. Or you can interface Tcl to
an existing library: <> and

- Don't we do any maths anymore? Or is this page simply in
desperate need of an update? <>

- Serial (and parallel) ports represent mysterious entities to
your humble chronicler. But for Tcl, they are a piece of
cake: <>

- Ever wanted to probe deep inside the operating system to see
what it is doing? Then DTrace is for you: <>

Everything Tcl-related you want is probably one or two clicks away in these
The "Welcome to comp.lang.tcl" message by Andreas Kupries
comp.lang.tcl is a crucial resource for Tcl practitioners.
An interesting perspective on its traffic appears at

The Tcl Developer Site is Tcl's "home base".

Larry Virden maintains a comp.lang.tcl FAQ launcher.

The Tcl Developer Xchange is a highly organized resource center
of documents and software with provisions for individuals to
maintain references to their own software:
The TDX sponsor, ActiveState, also keeps info to convince your
boss Tcl is a good thing

The Tcl'ers Wiki is a huge, dynamic, collaboratively edited repository
of documentation, examples, tutorials and pontifications on all things
For the ideal overview of the topics about Tcl most likely to
interest a newcomer, see "Arts and Crafts ..."
There's also a high-quality Wikibook on Tcl:

ActiveState maintains binaries distribution and development tools
along with a Cookbook of Tcl recipes

"La Gazette du Técleux" is an important monthly publication. presents an intriguing approach to reference commentary.
It already aggregates quite a bit of Tcl intelligence.

Cameron Laird tracks several Tcl/Tk references of interest (but
needs to validate many of the links).

Years ago, Cetus Links maintained a Tcl/Tk page with verified links

"Yahoo! Groups" archives comp.lang.tcl.announce posts--even
though clta itself is dormant.

We're working on more useful archives of past installments. In the
meantime, an alternative is

Suggestions/corrections for next week's posting are always welcome.

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