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: Strange that nobody mentioned RMS
by RevAaron on Tue 11th Mar 2003 23:26 UTC

The RMS thing you're talking about can be read here:
http://www.base.com/gordoni/web/tcl-rms.html

This happened over Usenet, not Slashdot. This happened back in 1994, way before Slashdot. Most Slashdot readers have read nary a Usenet article that wasn't in alt.binaries.*. While RMS's opinion certainly influenced the decisions and the minds of the faithful, I don't see it as being a showstopper in the adoption of Tcl for new projects or by new programmers today.

RMS makes some good points, and some or many of these things are no longer true. However, some important points are still quite true and will never change, due to the design of Tcl, while some people may interpret some of these aspects as advantages of Tcl. RMS's idea in putting Tcl down was to push Guile up- Guile is GNU's official scripting language and GNU's official Scheme interpreter. It is quite powerful. I'm sure, over the years, RMS has wanted to see a wider adoption of Lisp in general and especially Guile by hackers in general, for tasks including prototyping and scripting. Unfortuantely, programmers are still not smarter than they were 10 years ago, and Guile, while a nice language, is still not very popular. I'd even say Tcl probably has more users.