Tcl/Tk for Programmers: With Solved Exercises that Work with Unix and Windows
||Author: J. Adrian Zimmer|
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Publisher: Wiley-IEEE Computer Society Pr (27 August, 1998)
Sales Rank: 147,838
Average Customer Rating: 3 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 1 out of 5
It was useful as toilet paper, but not much else.
Rating: 3 out of 5
only for intermediate/advanced programmers
This book definitely has its pros and cons. The main likable aspect is that Zimmer gets right into the language; no long history or touchy-feely introduction. If you've done some programming and are comfortable with typical flow-of-control structures, expression syntax, and have done some shell programming on Unix platforms, you will quickly get a handle on Tcl with this book.
However, Zimmer uses some unusual verbiage (eg., "action families"), and expects the reader to understand quite a bit already. Given that the content organization is a little strange, and that the index is brief, it is difficult to quickly dive in and create useful scripts.
Lastly, on any given topic, the book covers the basic concepts then immediately proffers exercises (for which solutions are given at the back of the chapter). If you work thru this book from start to finish and do the exercises, you will value this book. Personally, I despise exercise-based books; I prefer authors who bring the material to me via explanations and well-documented examples. If I wanted to learn strictly by doing, I'd download the spec and figure it out for myself.
Rating: 5 out of 5
If you're starting with Tcl start here.
I wish I had this book a year ago. Most other Tcl books are the "How to create a Tk app", type of thing, that gloss over the details that have you pulling your hair out later. This book goes through the details of how things work, in detail, with excellent "mini-quizes" that illustrate all the important concepts. If you program in another language and need to do work in Tcl, do yourself a favor, get this book and spend a weekend going through it first.
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