Re: Why Tcl is a Bad Thing

Wayne A. Christopher (
7 Oct 1994 21:11:18 GMT

In article <3741on$8ej@nntp.Stanford.EDU>,
Niels P. Mayer <mayer@leland.Stanford.EDU> wrote:
>> Tk is probably the best window system toolkit available for X.
> You've got to be kidding! I'll take OSF/Motif any day over Tk. In addition
> to being a standard toolkit, it is a hell of a lot easier to decouple Motif
> from any language it is embedded in, since it is a standalone C
> library. Meanwhile, Tk is muddled with a bunch of TCL cruft.

Wow, somebody who actually claims to prefer Motif to Tk... I guess
if you read netnews long enough you'll see everything at least once.
If you have ever tried to program in Motif and figure out the bizarre
Xt "object system" you wouldn't be so emphatic about this. It would
be nice if Tk had a well-defined C or C++ API, but even without it
the toolkit itself is faster, better-written, and cleaner by far than
Motif. The three best reasons to use Tk, in my opinion, are the canvas,
text, and table widgets -- what are their equivalents in Motif? If you
make a comparison you will see that there is no contest at all.