Re: TCL (was Re: [tkined] Monitoring a 3Com SuperStack II 3300 switch)

From: Doug Hughes (Doug.Hughes@Eng.Auburn.EDU)
Date: Tue Feb 01 2000 - 19:07:58 MET

>Much as I dislike TCL, I like the way Scotty itself works. The whole idea is
>sound but I don't think TCL hacks it for writing largish scripts (and I don't
>want to go back to C - ugh!). But I don't see anything else which is on a par
>with Scotty.
>I just won't use TCL for any more large projects. Actually, I knew that
>before but had no idea my current project (storing polled MIB variables in a
>MySQL database) would be so large. I anticipated maybe 2 or 3 weeks but its
>been nearly 3 months now and nowhere near what I was hoping to do with it.
There are lots of object oriented extensions out there for
Tcl. Choose one that fits your MO. Also, making use of
namespaces and inherent action/object oriented features
makes things nice (::)

>I'm not blaming it all on TCL, I'm way out of practice of writing anything
>longer than a page of code and my current reading material is a very good book
>called "The promise of Sleep (Dement)" which will hopefully improve my
>productivity :) So this is just a personal thing, I know some people like
>I'm quite keen to get to grips with guile for myself so I'll probably be
>looking for a way to cross call TCL from guile (no problem I've got 256 Mb of
>memory, I can run both interpreters!).

You probably want to look at SWIG:

1. Introduction

SWIG is a compiler that makes it easy to integrate C and C++ code with
scripting languages including Perl, Tcl, and Python. In a nutshell,
you specify a bunch of ANSI C/C++ declarations and it generates an
interface to your favorite scripting language.

SWIG is almost entirely the product of users who have used the system
and suggested new idea. Without this support, SWIG would be not be
nearly as fun to use as it is now. Many thanks!


SWIG is available at neosoft and other Tcl and Perl archives.

FWIW - I like Tcl. It's a very nice extension language.
Nothing beats it for easily embedding esoteric apps and
functions with a nice shell and gui.

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