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on 2 September 2014
Tcl is one of those languages with which I have a love/hate relationship. At times it's really fun to use and at other times infuriating. Much of this is due to the not entirely satisfactory nature of Tcl books.

Usually a book by the original designer of a language is better than others. I find this one much better than Practical Programming in Tcl/Tk by Welch et.al. The explanation of how the Tcl intepreter works is fairly good, which goes a long way in creating programmer understanding. (I remain however, of the purist school which says that a language should have a clear definition independent of its intepreter - but that is a different culture war entirely ;-) For me this book has been the best so far to learn from. It is not, however, a reference book, nor is it a cook-book.
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on 16 November 2009
The second edition covers just about everything in Tcl 8.5 (including how to use Tcl's very powerful namespace and package management facilities, as well as its simple-to-use C API) and how to use Tk 8.5 with its modern themed widget system, while still maintaining the tutorial style of the first. Although the first edition was a classic, it has dated badly over the 15 years it was in print, to the point where I'd suggest that, even if you are after a second-hand copy, it still needs to be the second edition. Unless you're after an autographed copy of the original, of course.
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on 23 December 2013
Having trawlled through the web on various sites to try and get help on newer features of TCL and given up due to lack of examples and full descriptions of coding I bought this book which is update on an earlier version which I have mislaid.
It is even better than the earlier edition and elegantly describes the commands with many useful examples.
Sometimes there is no subsitute for having a hardcopy with the exact information required to do the job.
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on 28 August 2013
There are two things to consider here:

1) the book itself, which is a clearly written, easy to follow book, a real classic,

2) Tcl/Tk, with so many other scripting options the question really is do you really want to use something a bit out dated?

I prefer lua and php, both of which have binding to modern GUI, however, if you are determined to use Tcl/Tk then this is definitely *the* book to buy.
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on 19 January 2012
Have used other tcl books in the past. Half the book is devoted to tcl, whereas others jump into Tk after a quick review of tcl. If you need to control HDL tools, don't mess about get this book by the man who invented tcl. If he does't know about features who will. Now fully understand {} in tcl, most book indicate that substitution will not take place, but omit to tell you that this is substitution at the parsing stage.
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on 8 December 2014
Excellent book. Very well written.
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