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From: Bob Techentin <techentin.robert@mayo.edu>
Newsgroups: comp.lang.tcl.announce
Subject: Dr. Dobb's Tcl-URL! - weekly Tcl news and links (Jun 19)
Date: 21 Jun 2000 09:54:00 -0700

    Big news is the Tcl 8.4 roadmap, presented by the Ajuba
    core team [TCT]
    Take a look at the planned features, and consider volunteering.
    There's a lot of good stuff going on.  See the discussion
    One branch thread on localization included several volunteers
    to add new languages to the message catalog

    For a fascinating update on the uses of Itcl/Tk in the
    development of the Mars Pathfinder flight code, see this
    posting from one of the Pathfinder project's engineers
    Follow the whole thread to see more on testing, provably
    correct code, and design by contract.  

    Although officially announced last week, Don Porter's drop-in
    replacement for the package utility has been discussed.  In
    particular, Don responded to a request for specific details of
    the advantages of his new package scheme.

    On compiling Tcl on the Mac ... Nobody had gotten around to
    building 8.3.1, which is much more stable than 8.3.0.  Jim
    Ingham and Donal Fellows are consipiring to describe the
    Oh, and look for new binaries real soon now too.

    Does anybody know how the byte code compiler really works? 
    After some group rumination, Brian Lewis piped up with a post
    in which he states that he does, in fact, remember how things
    work, and also posted a pointer to a paper which gives an
    overview of the compiler

    Which VC++ should I buy?  Opinions abound, with a lot of hints
    for using the free cygwin compiler on Windows, or even cross
    compiling from Linux.

    Paul Duffin reiterates, with only moderate shouting, the
    simplicity of Tcl's Stubs mechanism and its benefit of CROSS
    PLATFORM CONSISTENCY.  For a little more complete description,

    The First European Tcl/Tk Users Meeting is over, and as
    promised, the papers are available

Quote of the Week is a dead-on tie:
    Paul Duffin:  Sexy things are just too distracting for me to
    do my job properly and trendy things always cost too much and
    have to be changed too often ;-)

    Mo DeJong:  Java is a great language, but don't ever try to
    write a GUI in Java.

Everything you want is probably one or two clicks away in these pages:

    The "Welcome to comp.lang.tcl" message by Andreas Kupries

    Larry Virden maintains a comp.lang.tcl FAQ launcher

    Scriptics maintains a highly organized Tcl resource center

    They also keep info to convince your boss Tcl is a good thing

    NeoSoft has a comp.lang.tcl contributed sources archive

    Cameron Laird tracks many Tcl/Tk references of interest

    Cetus Links maintains a Tcl/Tk page with verified links

    Findmail archives comp.lang.tcl.announce posts

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