Monday February 26, 9:02 am Eastern Time
Tcl finds a home
ActiveState supports open source programming language
VANCOUVER, Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ - ActiveState, the leader in open source
programming languages, announced today the addition of Tcl to the languages
they support. In addition to providing supported versions of Tcl, core Tcl
consulting and Tcl development tools, ActiveState will also soon be hosting
the primary Tcl community website.
Tcl (Tool Command Language, pronounced ``tickle'') is a high level
programming language that is cross-platform, open source, easy to use,
embeddable and extensible. As a scripting language it excels at automating
routine chores and extending applications. Tcl is also well suited for
creating simple, yet powerful, graphical user interfaces (GUIs) with the Tk
Tcl has approximately 500,000 users. Tcl's flexibility, ease of use, and
power has made it popular amongst numerous blue chip companies such as: AOL,
Cisco, Newbridge Networks, and Healtheon.
``I'm delighted to see ActiveState fill the void in corporate support for
Tcl,'' said John Ousterhout, creator of Tcl. ``Their expertise with other
scripting languages puts them in an excellent position to lead to future
development of Tcl. I'm looking forward to working with them.''
``Given the widespread use of Tcl in enterprise environments, we see a
need for providing a similar level of support and services for Tcl, comparable
to our support of Perl and Python,'' said Dick Hardt, ActiveState founder &
As part of this initiative, prominent Tcl developer, Jeff Hobbs, has
joined ActiveState as the Tcl technical lead. Jeff is the maintainer of the Tk
Usage FAQ and is a program committee member for the USENIX Tcl/Tk Conference.
Previously Jeff was with Scriptics, where he was the Tcl ambassador,
responsible for liaising with the Tcl community and managing development of
the Tcl core.
``I'm keen to continue working full time on Tcl development,'' said Jeff
Hobbs, Senior Developer, ActiveState. ``This is great news for the Tcl
community since ActiveState can devote significant resources to Tcl
ActiveState is at the forefront of open source software, providing
Internet programming products and services for all popular operating systems
and platforms. ActiveState's key technologies are: Perl, the Internet's most
popular programming language; Python and Tcl, user-friendly scripting
languages; PHP, the dynamic Web programming language; and XSLT, the XML
transformation language. ActiveState solutions provide enterprise-wide
deployment of open source programming languages, improved programmer
productivity, and seamless integration with other technologies. For more
information please visit: http://www.ActiveState.com.
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