Dynamic Languages in Desktop Applications

Ted Leung talks about the lack of dynamic languages in desktop applications. There’s something ironic about that: Ted works for Sun Microsystems. Sun Microsystems, back in the day, was a big contributor to Tcl and Tk. Despite not being the “in thing”, Tcl and Tk are used a lot more than people think. Not so much in the latest and greatest things being built now, due to the (undeservedly) “uncool” reputation, but in lots of products that are still chugging along, earning money and serving their users well, if not noisily so. Interestingly enough, my biggest client here in the Innsbruck area is one of these. They have offices worldwide, make a good living at what they do, and their user interface is mostly in Tk.

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