Linked by David Welton on Mon 10th Mar 2003 21:42 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews The Tcl programming language has been immensely successful in its almost 15 years of existence. Tcl, stands for 'Tool Command Language' and is pronounced 'tickle' by those in the know. It's probably most famous for the Tk graphical toolkit, which has for years set the standard for rapid, scriptable, cross-platform GUI development, but the language is used throughout a staggering variety of applications, from the open source web server that runs AOL's web site, to code for network testing, to code to run oil rigs.
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Using Tcl
by Clif Flynt on Tue 11th Mar 2003 02:50 UTC

The first time I played with Tcl, it felt a bit strange. But, after a dozen languages, all languages are a little strange.

By the end of the afternoon, I was producing more functionality per hour in Tcl than I'd ever managed in perl, awk/sed/sh, C, C++ or the other languages I'd used for years.

As a consultant, I bid jobs in hours, where other outfits bid them in months.

I use Tcl/C now the way I used C/Assembler a decade ago. Tcl for the structure and C for the parts that need speed.

I liked the language enough, I wrote a free CAI tutorial package for it (and later a book). Folks using TclTutor ( are generally writing production code in a couple hours.