Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 8th Jun 2006 16:32 UTC
General Development Most computer users interact with their workstations primarily through some form of graphical user interface (GUI). In the world of Microsoft Windows, this interface is tightly controlled. The UNIX world, by contrast, offers a veritable smorgasbord of different GUIs with varying degrees of functionality. They range from minimalist window managers, such as twm, to large, capable tools, such as GNOME and KDE (K Desktop Environment). This article shows you how the Tcl/Tk scripting language offers a simple and elegant way to code GUI widgets with minimal effort.
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Wow, what a blast from the past
by BryanFeeney on Thu 8th Jun 2006 23:22 UTC
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I remember when I started the whole Linux thing back in 98, all the distros came with loads of Tcl/TK programs. It had been huge during the nineties, but had begun to wane, not leasy because the programs looked a bit clunky.

In many ways Perl today is the new Tcl: there are very few people started new projects with it, but it's distributed with every copy of Linux as there are so many useful utilities written in it.

Frankly the claim that "this article shows you how the Tcl/Tk scripting language offers a simple and elegant way to code GUI widgets with minimal effort" is stretching the truth a bit: any mix of Python or Ruby and Qt or GTK is easier (for the modern developer) than Tcl/Tk. Hell, I'd even go so far to say that Qt/C++ is better.

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