Cross-platform software development with Tclkit

Motorized Scripts

Article from Issue 148/2013

Although performance differences between scripting languages and classic compiled languages are hardly significant, one disadvantage of scripting languages was that you always had to install an interpreter first. Tclkit lifts this burden.

One benefit of a compiler can be the obfuscation of business secrets implemented in the algorithms of program code, if the user only receives the compiled program. If this consideration is unimportant, a scripting language can be advantageous because it makes the current code accessible. One disadvantage of scripting languages, however, is that the interpreter needs to be installed on the target system and available for all required platforms.

The Tcl/ Tk scripting language has been on the market, but hiding its light under a bushel, for more than 20 years. Its advantages are ease of learning, high speed of execution, and availability on different computer platforms.

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