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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Re: Using Tcl
by Clif Flynt on Tue 11th Mar 2003 06:19 UTC

To clarify, after a couple of hours, folks are writing production grade code. Not finishing production grade application in just a couple hours. The actual applications may take much longer to complete, but the programmers are able to start on them quickly.

It takes me (and most programmers I know) at least a day of reading manuals and writing test programs in a new language before I'm willing to start writing 'real' code.

I agree that the time spent testing an application may exceed the time to write it.

Regression testing robotic vision code was what got me into Tcl in the first place. I needed a test platform that was not only robust, but easily rebuilt and reconfigured as the application was extended and modified.

Tcl/Expect fit the bill, and my benchtop test application eventually grew into the hardware production test system. This ran for 7 years, 24/7, until they discontinued the product.