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Tcl-URL! - weekly Tcl news and links (May 21)

    Yes, me 2 last year.  But since I rarely have any use for blocking
    play, I didn't bother to report a bug back then :-/ Ralf Fassel on c.l.t

    One generally does open source stuff because it's fun or interesting.
    SOAP is neither. - Pat Thoyts

    Ann. Fve Ver5.1 (Editor for "Mac OS X"/Cygwin/Unix/Windows) by kazuo
    File Viewer Editor_Version Fve 5.1)
    For Tcl/Tk 8.4: TclTkAqua 8.4: Tcl/Tk-cygwin 8.4.
    Please use ActiveTcl 8.4.14 binary packages
    or "TclTkAqua 8.4.10 binary packages".
      1 Added a "Specify a set of tab stops" item to Options_Menu.
      2 Added a "exec acroread" item to "Options_Menu -> pdf file". (Mac)
      3 Added a "hex dump -> use HexEditor" item to Options_Menu. (Mac)
      4 Added a "Insert image file." item to File_Menu.
      5 Added a "InsertTagImage" Button" to Bottom Menu line.
      6 Added a "Unpack InsertTagImage_Button"_CheckButton to View_Menu.
      7 Changed "Z" Button to "A" Button.
      o Line Spacing. (1 - 24 dot)
      o Split-window.(vertically or horizontally)
      o Viewing of cat_file,gz_file,Hex_dump_file,pdf,dvi,ps.file.
      o Viewing of image file (use package Img).
      o File copy,rename,chmod,delete,mkdir,rmdir,tar zcvf(unix).
      o Ftp client.
      o Others.
    Homepage, Downloads:

    ANNOUNCE: ADB and ADBSQL pure-tcl database engine for Tcl/Tk by
    Roalt Aalmoes

    ADB together with the MySQL database connectivity module adbsql are a
    Tcl/Tk package useful for Tcl/Tk programmers that want to store their
    data in a database-kind of way with tables and fields.
    Two (optional) features of ADB that may make it worthwhile for you:
     * Writing the database as XML output and later of course the ability
    to read it.
     * Connecting directly to a MySQL database.
    The fun part of ADB is that you can either use it as a full pure tcl
    library, or you can use these advanced features that require
    additional packages.
    Both modules are released under open source LGPL or BSD licenses (your
    More information:
        http://wiki.tcl.tk/6319 - Tcl/Tk wiki page on ADB
        http://adbsql.sourceforge.net/adb.html - Manual page of ADB
        http://adbsql.sourceforge.net/adbsql.html - Manual page of ADBSQL

ORBI: or what happened on comp.lang.tcl
    Snack [s play -blocking 1] bug ?

    how to produce publishing quality documentation from drawing

    Release Socket

    Adding a Safe Interactive Intrepreter to an Application.

    Cross platform compression libraries.

    difference between braced and unbraced if expression ...

    what is in an empty textbox?

    Bootable Tcl-Script

    TCL code to read a following file

TIPX: new, used and discarded Tips
    nothing new here, walk on.

OOTW: Orphan of the week or questions nobody answered yet:
    Valgrind error on exit - Suse 10.2, Tcl 8.4.14

    challenge response protocol question

Thanks to Arjen Markus for his weekly reports on the Wikis:
  The Wiki gnomes are diligently unearthing old pages - what gems
  they turn up! Let us start the summary rightaway.

  Tiny games and demos
  - Once you have a basic design, it is easy to change
    the theme and come up with a different looking application.
    <http://wiki.tcl.tk/4801> is an example

  - But even if you have a good basic design, it pays to pay
    attention to some details. For instance to get a better
    performance: <http:/wiki.tcl.tk/8711>

  - Chess is a difficult game to learn and to play well.
    But that is not the point: in just a few lines of code
    you can have a GUI and play against some unseen opponent:

  - Translating human languages ... that (once?) elusive goal of
    artificial intelligence. With some aid from a human a computer
    _can_ come a long way - <http://wiki.tcl.tk/11458>

  Web initiatives
  - A new Tcl module for Apache - wtcl - <http://wiki.tcl.tk/18117>
    It promises to be simple.

  - A new fun project on a related subject: what would be needed
    for a "Tcl on Rails"? <http://wiki.tcl.tk/18088>. With a lively
    discussion of all imaginable details.

  Faits divers
  - References to data and garbage collection ... done as an
    extension ... <http://wiki.tcl.tk/11090> for gourmets who
    appreciate technical details.

  - Remember the chemical periodic system from your schooldays? Well,
    here it is in a neat Tcl program: <http://wiki.tcl.tk/18111>
    (With a few worthy tips on font management)

Everything Tcl-related you want is probably one or two clicks away in these
    The "Welcome to comp.lang.tcl" message by Andreas Kupries
    comp.lang.tcl is a crucial resource for Tcl practitioners.
    An interesting perspective on its traffic appears at

    The Tcl Developer Site is Tcl's "home base".

    Larry Virden maintains a comp.lang.tcl FAQ launcher.

    The Tcl Developer Xchange is a highly organized resource center
    of documents and software with provisions for individuals to
    maintain references to their own software:
    The TDX sponsor, ActiveState, also keeps info to convince your
    boss Tcl is a good thing

    The Tcl'ers Wiki is a huge, dynamic, collaboratively edited repository
    of documentation, examples, tutorials and pontifications on all things
    For the ideal overview of the topics about Tcl most likely to
    interest a newcomer, see "Arts and Crafts ..."
    There's also a high-quality Wikibook on Tcl:

    ActiveState maintains binaries distribution and development tools
    along with a Cookbook of Tcl recipes

    "La Gazette du Tcleux" is an important monthly publication.

    deli.cio.us presents an intriguing approach to reference commentary.
    It already aggregates quite a bit of Tcl intelligence.

    Cameron Laird tracks several Tcl/Tk references of interest (but
    needs to validate many of the links).

    Years ago, Cetus Links maintained a Tcl/Tk page with verified links

    "Yahoo! Groups" archives comp.lang.tcl.announce posts--even
    though clta itself is dormant.

We're working on more useful archives of past installments.  In the
meantime, an alternative is

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