The Industry choice

Roy Smith roy at
Sun Jan 2 13:09:27 EST 2005

claird at (Cameron Laird) wrote:
> Let me add a cautionary note, though:  Big Companies, 
> including Oracle, Software AG, IBM, Cisco, and so on, have
> adopted Tcl over and over.  All of them still rely on Tcl
> for crucial products.  All of them also have employees who
> sincerely wonder, "Tcl?  Isn't that dead?"

A lot of people laugh at Tcl, but it's really a very useful tool.  In my 
last job, we did a major component of our product (SNMP-based network 
management package) in Tcl, probably on the order of 10 kloc.  It has 
its limitations, but it's very easy to learn, very easy to embed and 
extend, and reasonably fast.  It certainly blows away shell scripting.

Around here, AOL/Moviephone has been trolling for years for Tcl people; 
I guess that counts as a big company.

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