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17'th Annual Tcl/Tk Conference (Tcl'2010)

October 11 - October 15, 2010

Hilton Suites Chicago/Oakbrook Terrace
10 Drury Lane
Oakbrook Terrace
Illinois, United States 60181
Tel: 1-630-941-0100
Fax: 1-630-941-0299

Important Information
Abstracts and proposals due August 1, 2010
Notification to authors August 15, 2010
Author materials due October 1, 2010
Tutorials start October 11, 2010
Conference starts October 13, 2010
Email Contact tclconference@googlegroups.com

Sponsored by the Tcl Association We are pleased to announce the 17'th Annual Tcl/Tk Conference (Tcl'2010), sponsored by The Tcl Association, with help from:
Noumena Corporation , SR Technology, Buonacorsi Foundation, Mentor Graphics, and ActiveState .

Learn from the experts and share your knowledge. The annual Tcl/Tk conference is the best opportunity to talk with experts and peers, cross-examine the Tcl/Tk core team, learn about what's coming and how to use what's here.

Conference Highlights

  • Tutorials taught by Tcl experts
  • In depth discussions of 8.6 changes and how to take advantage of them
  • The future of Tcl after 8.6
  • Best practices in package management
  • Birds of a Feather (BOF) sessions
  • Discussion forums with the Tcl/Tk core team
  • Tcl/Tk Social Suite for late night discussions and beverage consumption.

Conference Location

The conference will be held at the Hilton Suites Oakbrook Terrace , with rooms at $99.00 (US) per night from Sunday (10/10) to the following Sunday (10/17). (Extensions of this rate may be possible. Inquire when you make a reservation.)

When the Hilton software does not have a room in our block available for a night you've requested, it only offers rooms at the $179.00 rate. If that happens to you, contact Beata Fila (Beata.Fila@hilton.com) and let her know what nights you wish to book. It will be taken care of.

To register for a room at the conference hotel, visit the Hilton website.

These rooms will be released to the general public after September 26, so be sure to reserve your room early.

Call for Papers

Submission of Summaries

The program committee is asking for papers and presentation proposals from anyone using or developing with Tcl/Tk (and extensions). The conference schedule will consist of 2 days of tutorials (Monday - Tuesday) and 3 days for the main conference (Wednesday - Friday).

Past conferences have seen submissions covering a wide variety of topics including:

  • Scientific and engineering applications
  • Industrial controls
  • Distributed applications and Network Managment
  • Object oriented extensions to Tcl/Tk
  • New widgets for Tk
  • Simulation and application steering with Tcl/Tk
  • Tcl/Tk centric operating environments
  • Tcl/Tk on small and embedded devices
  • Medical applications and visualization
  • Use of different programming paradigms in Tcl/Tk and proposals for new directions.
  • New areas of exploration for the Tcl/Tk language
  • New Tcl extensions and add-ons, including Tcllib and Tklib

This year is the third year that the Tcl community is participating in the Google Summer of Code . The conference program committee would like to encourage submissions that report on the Tcl projects selected for Google SoC 2010.

Submission Guidelines

If submitting a tutorial proposal you should send an outline of the tutorial and a brief biography, and clearly indicate whether the tutorial is of half-day or full-day duration.

Paper submissions should consist of an abstract of about 100 words and a summary of not more than two pages, and should be sent as plain text to < tclconference@googlegroups.com > no later than August 1, 2010 . Authors of accepted abstracts will have until October 1, 2010 to submit their final paper for the inclusion in the conference proceedings. The proceedings will be made available on digital media, so extra materials such as presentation slides, code examples, code for extensions etc. are encouraged.

Printed proceedings will be produced as an on-demand book at lulu.com .

The authors will have 25 minutes to present their paper at the conference.

The program committee will review and evaluate papers according to the following criteria:

  • Quantity and quality of novel content
  • Relevance and interest to the Tcl/Tk community
  • Suitability of content for presentation at the conference

Proposals may report on commercial or non-commercial systems, but those with only blatant marketing content will not be accepted.

Application and experience papers need to strike a balance between background on the application domain and the relevance of Tcl/Tk to the application. Application and experience papers should clearly explain how the application or experience illustrates a novel use of Tcl/Tk, and what lessons the Tcl/Tk community can derive from the application or experience to apply to their own development efforts.

Papers accompanied by non-disclosure agreements will be returned to the author(s) unread. All submissions are held in the highest confidentiality prior to publication in the Proceedings, both as a matter of policy and in accord with the U. S. Copyright Act of 1976.

The primary author for each accepted paper will receive registration to the Technical Sessions portion of the conference at a reduced rate.

Other Forms of Participation

The program committee also welcomes proposals for panel discussions of up to 90 minutes. Proposals should include a list of confirmed panelists, a title and format, and a panel description with position statements from each panelist. Panels should have no more than four speakers, including the panel moderator, and should allow time for substantial interaction with attendees. Panels are not presentations of related research papers.

Slots for Works-in-Progress (WIP) presentations and Birds-of-a-Feather sessions (BOFs) are available on a first-come, first-served basis starting in August 1, 2010. Specific instructions for reserving WIP and BOF time slots will be provided in the registration information available in June 2010. Some WIP and BOF time slots will be held open for on-site reservation. All attendees with an interesting work in progress should consider reserving a WIP slot.

Registration Information

More information on the conference is available at the conference web site . You can also find information on various Tcl/Tk related information channels.

Reservations for hotel suites and $25 airport shuttle rides can be made at the Hilton Tcl Conference Site.

To keep in touch with conference announcements and Tcl events in general, subscribe to the tcl-announce list by entering your email and selecting Tcl-announce.

Special Social Activites

October 15, 2010 - Friday afternoon -- Tour of Fermilab

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory

A tour lasts about two hours and begins in Wilson Hall. Visitors view the Laboratory from the 15th floor windows and visit various displays located there. The tour moves to the Linear Accelerator building where visitors see the Cockcroft-Walton, the components in the linear accelerator gallery and the Main Control Room. There is a docent for every 20 people. Registration required since tours must be arranged in advance.

October 15, 2010 - Friday evening

Dinner-theater at the award winning Drury Lane theater located next to our hotel.

Special package price for dinner and theater at $44.00 per person. Regularly $64 per person.

"Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"

Bill Jenkins is one of the newest and most exciting new directors on the Chicago scene. As Chairman of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Ball State University, he heads one of the nation's largest theatre programs. After admiring his work with other Chicago area theatres, we are very pleased for this opportunity to showcase his talent at Drury Lane. Once Bill shared some of the fresh ideas and insights he had for "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers", we knew we would have a great show for the holidays.

Conference Committee

Clif Flynt   Noumena CorpGeneral Chair, Website Admin
Andreas Kupries   ActiveState Software Inc.Program Chair
Cyndy Lilagan   Iomas Research LLCFacilities Coordination
Joe Mistachkin   Mistachkin Systems
Brian Griffin   Mentor Graphics
Ron Fox   NSCL/FRIB Michigan State University
Arjen Markus   Deltares
Mike Doyle   Iomas Research LLC
Gerald Lester   KnG Consulting, LLC
Donal Fellows   University of Manchester
Jeffrey Hobbs   ActiveState Software Inc.
Steve Landers   Digital Smarties
Kevin Kenny   GE Global Research Center
Larry Virden   Tcl FAQ Maintainer
Steve Redler IV   SR Technology

Contact Information

tclconference@googlegroups.com