SOURCE: Tcl Community Association

Tcl Community Association

September 05, 2013 07:00 ET

John Ousterhout Featured Speaker at Tcl New & Proven User Conference

Founder of Tool Command Language to Talk About Tcl Past, Present & Future

NEW ORLEANS, LA--(Marketwired - Sep 5, 2013) - The Tcl/Tk User Association, which is celebrating over 20 years of innovation using the Tool Command Language (Tcl), confirmed today that John Ousterhout will be a Featured Speaker at the Tcl New & Proven User Conference in New Orleans, LA from Sept 23-27, 2013.

Ousterhout is the original developer of the Tcl/Tk programming language, a combination of the Tool Command Language and the Tk graphical user interface toolkit (Tk). His presentation will focus on the evolution of Tcl/Tk from the original language created at the University of California Berkeley to the modern, robust and easy-to-learn dynamic programming language that seamlessly powers today's applications. He described this programming language in the book Tcl and the Tk ToolKit (2nd Edition). 

"John started a revolution born out of frustration," says Clif Flynt, President, Tcl Community Association and author of Tcl/Tk: A Developer's Guide. "Before Tcl, programmers devised their own languages that were intended to be embedded into applications. John created a language that can be immediately embedded into a program to support customization as well as being a standalone interpreter for rapid application development."

The Tcl New & Proven user conference will feature several Tcl experts including Jeff Hobbs, Chief Technical Officer at ActiveState, Gerald Lester, creator of Tcl Web Services and keynote speaker Karl Lehenbauer of Programmers attending the conference will learn the best practices for using Tcl's new object-oriented commands and widgets as well as seeing new applications and techniques in the fields ranging from business applications to health, aerospace and beyond.

"The Tcl New & Proven User Conference will be focusing on innovation throughout the years," says Flynt. "We are very pleased to have the original developer who helped create the Tcl we know today at our 20th conference."

Interested in attending the Tcl conference? Go to to register. Learn more about Tcl/Tk by visiting the Tcl Developer Xchange where you can download Tcl 8.6 and a free trial of TDK 5 (Tcl Dev Kit). Follow the Tcl User Group on Facebook (Tcl-Developers) and Twitter (@TclDevelopers).

About Tcl/Tk (
Celebrating over 20 years of providing rapid prototyping, Tool Command Language (Tcl) is an open source, robust, powerful and easy-to-learn dynamic programming language ideal for today's web and desktop applications, networking, administration, and testing. Tk is a graphical user interface toolkit that enables the development of native-looking GUIs on multiple platforms such as Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. The combination of Tcl and the Tk GUI toolkit is referred to as Tcl/Tk.

The vibrant Tcl user community comes together on the Tcl Developer Xchange website hosted by ActiveState (, which provides a variety of resources for programmers working with Tcl/Tk to increase their productivity and share ideas. Worldwide Tcl conferences, Tcl/Tk downloads and access to the Tcler's Wiki are all available online at the Tcl Developer Xchange. The latest books, tutorials and demos are also accessible from this site along with the Tcl core development team that steers the ongoing evolution of the language. Follow the Tcl User Group on Facebook (Tcl-Developers) and Twitter (@TclDevelopers).

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