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11'th Annual Tcl/Tk Conference

October 11 - 15, 2004
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Important Information
Abstracts and proposals due July 1, 2004
Notification to authors July 31, 2004
Author materials due Sep 15, 2004
Tutorials Start Oct 11, 2004
Conference starts Oct 13, 2004
Email Contact tcl2004@tcl.tk
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The conference covers a full week, with 2 days of Tutorial Sessions and 3 days of Technical Sessions. The Technical Sessions include:

  • State of Tcl
  • Conference Papers
  • Tcl Core Team Open Discussion (in planning)
  • Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions
  • Works-in-Progress Lightning Talks
  • Daily casual breakfasts
  • Conference Luncheons
  • Conference Dinner

Icalendar Format Schedules available

For those with ICAL compliant browsers or PDAs, here are copies of the schedule in Icalendar format.
Our thanks to Colin McCormack for providing these.

Tutorial Schedule

Monday, Oct 11th
08:00 - 09:00 Conference Registration Conference area of Bourbon Orleans Hotel
09:00 - 12:30
  • Intro to Tcl Ken Jones
  • Secrets of TclHttpd Brent Welch

  • (includes 1 snack break)
    12:30 - 14:00 Free Lunch (In Hotel)
    13:00 - 14:00 Conference Registration Conference area of Bourbon Orleans Hotel
    14:00 - 17:30
  • Intro to Tk Ken Jones
  • Starkits Steve Landers
  • Tcl Database Survey Clif Flynt

  • (includes 1 snack break)

    Tuesday, Oct 12th
    08:00 - 09:00 Conference Registration Conference area of Bourbon Orleans Hotel
    09:00 - 12:30
  • Advanced Tcl (Namespaces & Packages) Clif Flynt
  • Metakit Database Steve Landers

  • (includes 1 snack break)
    12:30 - 14:00 Free Lunch (In Hotel)
    13:00 - 14:00 Conference Registration Conference area of Bourbon Orleans Hotel
    14:00 - 17:30
  • Advanced Tk: GUI Appearance Jeff Hobbs
  • Tcl API: Embedding and Extending Tcl Clif Flynt

  • (includes 1 snack break)

    Technical Sessions Schedule

    Wednesday, Oct 13th
    08:00 - 08:45 Breakfast: St Mary A/B Conference Registration Conference area of Bourbon Orleans Hotel
    08:45 - 09:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks
    09:00 - 10:00 Opening talk

    Keynote Address

    • Commercial product development with Tcl/Tk
      Robert McNiff, VP Development, HMS Software
    10:00 - 10:30 Break with snacks provided
    10:30 - 12:00

    State of Tcl

    • The Active State of Tcl
      Jeff Hobbs
    12:00 - 13:30 Lunch - provided
    13:30 - 15:00

    Tcl and Hard Science

    • Enhancing the International Space Station Mission Control Center using Tcl/Tk
      Brian OHagan, Stephen K. Long
    • Custom Distributed Computing: Real-Time Code Distribution on a Heterogeneous Network
      Robert Techentin, David R. Holmes,
    • SpecTcl: A Nuclear Physics Data Analysis package
      Ron Fox
    15:00 - 15:30 Break with snacks provided
    15:30 - 17:00

    Object Oriented Tcl

    • Using Tcl 8.5 Features to Build an OO System
      Donal Fellows
    • Object Oriented Techniques in Tcl
      Donal Fellows, Will DuQuette, Clif Flynt
    17:00 - 18:00 Break
    18:00 - 20:00 Conference Dinner: St Ann
    • ActiveState ActiveAwards Presentation
    • Tcl Quiz Contest
    20:30 - 23:00 Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions (BoFs)
    • TBA

    Send mail to tcl2004@tcl.tk to register a BoF

    Thursday, Oct 14th
    08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast: St. Mary A/B
    09:00 - 10:00

    Invited Speaker

    • Tcl and SQL-Lite
      Richard Hipps
    10:00 - 10:30 Break with snacks provided
    10:30 - 12:00

    Tcl and Friends

    • Ftcl: combining Fortran and Tcl
      Arjen Markus
    • From C to Java, Scientific Data Analysis with Java, Jacl and Swank
      Bruce Johnson
    • Using and Abusing Tcllib
      Gerald Lester
    12:00 - 13:30 Lunch - provided
    13:30 - 15:30

    Working with GUI

    • Actions: A simple Implementation
      Bryan Oakley
    • The Tile Widget
      Joe English
    • Developing better GUIs with Tk
      Panel: Joe English, Bryan Oakley, Damon Courtney, Jeff Hobbs
    15:30 - 16:00 Break with snacks provided
    16:00 - 17:00 Works-in-Progress (WiPs) Sessions
      This session is for attendees to discuss things that they are developing in, for, and around Tcl/Tk. 5 minute time slots are available (may change based on interest).
      Send mail to tcl2004@tcl.tk to preregister a WiP
    18:00 - 20:00 Dinner St Ann
    20:00 - 23:00 Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions (BoFs)
    • TBA

    Send mail to tcl2004@tcl.tk to preregister a BoF

    Friday, Oct 15th
    08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast: St Mary A/B
    09:00 - 10:30

    Application Development Tools

    • Wrapping Applications: Starkits, TOBE, FreeWrap, and more
      Panel: Richard Hipps, Clif Flynt
    • Regression Testing with TkReplay
      Clif Flynt
    • Klant: A server-managed client framework for Tcl/Tk
      Steve Landers
    10:30 - 11:00 Break with snacks provided
    11:00 - 12:00

    • Improving Tcl Script Performance.
      Assorted Tcl Ghods
    12:00 - 12:30

    Tcl Core Team Town Meeting

    • Discussion (with audience participation) of current topics.
      All Attending Core Team Members
    12:30 - 13:30 Lunch - provided
    Closing Remarks
    14:00 - 17:00 General Mingling and departures
    • Last chance to catch up with folks heading for the door.

    Conference Committee

    Gerald Lester   HMS SoftwareGeneral Chair
    Andreas Kupries   ActiveState Corp
    Clif Flynt   Noumena CorpWebsite Admin
    Jeffrey Hobbs   ActiveState Corp
    Kevin Kenny   GE Global Research Center
    Ken Jones   Avia Training
    Mac Cody   Raytheon Company
    Kim Richerts  
    Steve Landers   Digital Smarties
    Sheila Miguez   Motorola
    Larry Virden   Tcl FAQ Maintainer

    Contact Information

    tcl2004@tcl.tk