Tcl (was Re: [oclug] UNIX philosophy (was Re: vim rulez...))
linuxdoctor at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 19 09:05:54 EDT 2001
--- "David F. Skoll" <dfs at roaringpenguin.com> wrote:
> On Wed, 18 Apr 2001, Michael P. Soulier wrote:
> > Tcl seems interesting, but the pure text nature of the
> language seems a
> > tad ancient to me.
> Tcl 8.x is no longer pure text. It's compiled internally (just
> like Perl).
> And I believe that starting from 8.3, it is 8-bit clean and
> binary data (including embedded NULLs.)
Actually, Tcl began running on bytecodes with 8.0. While I like tcl
and use it quite a bit, I find that from an aesthetic point if view
can be quite ugly.
As for pure text being ancient ... that strikes at the heart of the
Unix portability philosophy. Text and text only.
"The best way to predict the future is to invent it."
-- Alan Kay
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