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Tcl-URL! - weekly Tcl news and links (May 7)

    The rule for canonicity can most conveniently be tried out by using
    the [list] operation on "chemically active" individual items (i.e.
    things containing \$[] or unbalanced "{}). Basically any dangerous
    compound is protected by {} or \ when [list]ified and converted back
    to string. Alexandre Ferrieux on c.l.t

    "[W]ell i wanted to learn how to write guis but had little
    patience for c/c++ toolkits with long edit-compile-test cycles." - msingh,
    on how he began experimenting last week with Tk

    ANNOUNCE: Tcl/Tk 8.5a6 release
    The Tcl Core Team is pleased to announce the 8.5a6 releases of the Tcl
    dynamic language and the Tk toolkit.  This is the sixth alpha release of
    Tcl/Tk 8.5.  More details can be found below.  We would like to express
    our gratitude to all those who submit bug reports and patches.  This
    information is invaluable in enabling us to identify and eliminate
    problems in the core.

    ANNOUNCE: eTcl 1.0-rc18 by Eric Hassolt
    I'm pleased to announce immediate availability of eTcl 1.0-rc18 for
    Windows, linux-x86, linux-arm, linux-mipsel (new!),
    Windows Mobile (2003, 2003SE and 5.0) pocketPC and smartphones,
    and Mac OS X (Aqua) as universal binary (x86 and PPC).

    TCL 2007 Call For Papers and Proposals.
    In September 2007 the U.S. Tcl conference returns to the historic
    French Quarter of the city of New Orleans.  Join us for what promises
    to be the best Tcl conference yet.   Even better, contribute a
    paper, be prepared to talk about a work in progress, or join in on
    the lively "Birds of a Feather" discussions that may range in topic
    anywhere from "Using the Tile widget set" to "Obsolete weaponry."

    Tcl 2007 will be held at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel
    in New Orleans, LA.   Tutorial sessions on various
    topics will be held September 24-25, with the conference itself
    running from September 26-28.
    TCL 2007 Third call for participation/Papers.

ORBI: or what happened on comp.lang.tcl
    Compound expression and order of evaluation

    bsd license, ( or understanding the tcl license )

    join strips backslash - feature or bug?

    "expect" problem

    tcl/expect hang

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

OOTW: Orphan of the week or questions nobody answered yet:
    Issue with Tcllib FTP Package - changing users with ::ftp::Quote.

    missing operand at _@_
    Problems with using TkRat built with Tcl/Tk 8.5a6 and
    htmlwidget (from CVS).

    Tcl version of Ala qumsieh's Tk:Toolbar

TWIP: or what happened on comp.lang.tcl this week TEN years ago:
    wrapper generator C -> tcl ??

    MDI Applications with TK??

Thanks to Arjen Markus for his weekly reports on the Wikis:
  Now that the Wiki is back, there is lots of activity.
  So, let us hightlight a few pages!

  Showing a picture
  - ... of satellite orbits. Yes, <http://wiki.tcl.tk/17570> describes
    SaVi, a system to simulate the orbit of satellites around the earth,
    complete with maps and such.

  - ... and adding hyperlinks? Find a discussion of a few flavours
    to do this on <http://wiki.tcl.tk/18003>

  Of files and things
  - Wrapping the various file I/O commands into one object-oriented
    interface. It is easy enough: <http://wiki.tcl.tk/13246>

  - Still, adding a new subcommand to an existing one is made very
    easy too, now that Tcl 8.5 handles ensembles of commands -

  People things
  - Converting numbers to almost any other writing system in existence:

  - Beyond merely making sound: synthesize speech -

  - Daemons as a UNIX programmer understands them and Windows services
    as a Windows programmer understands ... <http://wiki.tcl.tk/2224>
    discusses mainly the first.

  - Early-morning thoughts captured in a Wiki page ... What can we add
    to the Wiki? <http://wiki.tcl.tk/17991>

  - Looking for reading material? Here is a vast collection of articles
    with an easy-to-remember page number: <http://wiki.tcl.tk/18000>

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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