Practical Programming in Tcl and Tk (4th Edition)

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Appropriate for all courses in Tcl/Tk scripting, and many courses in Unix shell scripting. Practical Programming in Tcl/Tk, Fourth Edition is the definitive guide to Tcl/Tk programming for developers at all levels-including experienced Perl and Python programmers who want to use Tk to build high-quality, cross-platform user interfaces. Thoroughly updated for Tcl/Tk 8.4, this book brings together comprehensive, authoritative coverage of every Tcl and Tk command in the core toolkits, along with detailed examples that demonstrate the best ways to use the Tcl/Tk toolkit. Extensive new Tcl/Tk 8.4 coverage includes: the Tcl/Tk virtual filesystem (VFS); spinbox, panedwindow, labelframe, and other new widgets; and improved internationalization support. The book includes an exceptionally clear introduction to the unique Tcl programming model, as well as practical coverage of cross-platform development for Unix, Windows, and Macintosh; Web application development with the TclHttpd web server; and much more. The accompanying CD-ROM contains all sample code from the book, as well as the latest binary distributions of Tcl/Tk, Tcl extensions, and an extensive collection of Tcl/Tk freeware.

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Practical Programming in Tcl/Tk is described as the "bible" for Tcl programmers. It is a guide to the Tcl/Tk programming language and GUI toolkit. This revision includes substantial updates to cover the new version 8.4-giving both an overview of the features, as well as details about every command in the language. The third edition, written on version 8.2, sold over 30,000 copies. Version 8.4 of Tcl - Tool Command Language-provides substantial updates to one of the most popular UNIX scripting languages. The latest release, includes the addition of a virtual filesystem (VFS), many additional programming widgets (spinbox, panedwindow, labelframe),and improved performance of about 20% over 8.3. The book provides a guide to the best ways to use the tooklit. It not only gives accurate details, but includes extensive examples that demonstrate the best way to use the toolkit. The authors are experts that have both developed the technology and used it to solve problems, so they have many valuable insights to relate to the readers.

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Despite its frequently obtuse syntax, Tcl/Tk enjoys a large and enthusiastic following. It's king of the world when it comes to building graphical user interfaces (GUIs) for C programs (particularly those running in X Windows environments), which is what the language originally was invented to do. Tcl/Tk (which is pronounced "tickle tee-kay," and which stands for "Tool Control Language/Toolkit" despite the abbreviation's unusual capitalization) is expanding its scope to encompass fields as diverse as voice scripting and molecular visualization. The latest edition of Practical Programming in Tcl and Tk, the fourth, offers an encyclopedic guide to Tcl/Tk that not only helps programmers solve problems, but enables them to conceive new applications for the language.

The new edition of Practical Programming in Tcl and Tk covers Tcl 8.4, particularly its versatile new Virtual File System (VFS) capabilities that allow you to include FTP sites and other remote directories in ordinary File Save and File Open interfaces. Further new coverage goes to Starkits, with which you can bundle Tcl/Tk programs for deployment, and some new Tk elements. Otherwise, the book is generally revised and improved with additional examples (the sample code has always been one of this book's main attractions) and intelligently laid-out keyword tables. It has a great lay-flat binding, too. This book (with John Ousterhout's Tcl and the Tk Toolkit) remains one of the two must-have Tcl/Tk books. --David Wall

Topics covered: The Tcl programming language and the Tk toolkit on which it most usually operates. Sections cover basic and advance programming techniques, specific aspects of Tk widgets, and extending the C library that defines Tcl. Copious examples make it easier to understand (and quickly employ) effective design strategies.

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