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16th Annual Tcl/Tk Conference

September 28 - October 2 2009

Red Lion
1021 Northeast Grand Ave
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: 503-235-2100
Fax: 503-238-0132

Important Information
Abstracts and proposals due July 15, 2009
Notification to authors July 31, 2009
Author materials due Sep 11, 2009
Tutorials start Sep 28, 2009
Conference starts Sep 30, 2009
Email Contact [email protected]

We are pleased to announce the 16th Annual Tcl/Tk conference (Tcl2009), sponsored by Noumena Corporation , and Mentor Graphics, with help from ActiveState, and ExpoTech.

Come to the 16th Tcl/Tk Conference to:

  • Learn about the power of Tcl/Tk.
  • Present exciting new work involving Tcl/Tk.
  • See the latest developments in Tcl/Tk.
  • Meet Tcl/Tk researchers and users from academia, government and industry.
  • Plan for future Tcl/Tk related developments.

Keynote Speaker

This year's keynote speaker will be Frank Hayes. Frank has been active in the IT arena since his first S-100 Buss CP/M system. He's been an industry watcher and columnist for ComputerWorld for several years.

Frank's blogs are here .

Special Guest

Arjen Markus will be our special guest this year. Arjen is well-known to the folks on the Tcler's Chat, frequent contributor to the wiki, and author of many useful tools. Arjen helped form the Dutch Tcl User's Group, and has been a presenter at some of the Tcl Europe conferences. Any time spent with him is time well spent.

Invited Talks

  • Keynote Address
    What is the future for small languages?

  • Tcl 9.0: Threat or Menace?
    Putting together the roadmap for the next major release of Tcl/Tk

  • The (Active)State of Tcl
    Delivered by Tcl/Tk release manager Jeff Hobbs
    Jeff describes where we are now, and where we'll be soon.

Experts who have confirmed attendance

  • Jeff Hobbs: The Tcl Guy, Lead Developer at ActiveState and more
  • Clif Flynt: Author of Tcl/Tk: A Developer's Guide
  • Ken Jones: Author of Practical Programming in Tcl/Tk AND upcoming Tcl/Tk Toolkit (Second Revision)
  • Steve Landers: StarKit and Critcl co-developer
  • Mike Doyle: Chairman of Eolas
  • Arjen Markus: Developer of Fortran-To-Tcl and other nifty tools.
  • Tomasz Kosiak: Leader in the Tcl GSoC involvement
  • RadosÅ‚aw Szulo: GSoC Student Guest.
  • Donal Fellows: The TclOO expert.
  • Sean Woods: The Hypnotoad Returns...
  • Kevin Kenny, Don Porter: Core Team members.

Jobs Board

There will be a jobs board again. If you are interested in hiring a Tcl/Tk expert or two, or are looking for new engagement, either show up with your announcement ready to tack on the board, or send email to [email protected].


Game Night Will Return. Bring your wits!

Selected Papers

Details of the papers and tutorials to be presented are found on the Conference page on the Tclers Wiki here


Online registration is ready now.


You must register for the hotel by phoning them at 503-235-2100.

Mention the Tcl Conference to get the convention room rate.

The hotel block opens on AUGUST 31. RESERVER YOUR ROOM FAST.

There are other activities in the area that are eating rooms, and there is no guarantee the hotel will have rooms for us after Aug 31.


Come learn about Tcl from the experts. The tutorials will include both introductory classes for Tcl newcomers and advanced classes for experienced programmers to learn new tricks and techniques.

See the list of tutorials.


More details will be added to the schedule as they become available.

Those attending the conference will be interested in the conference info page. Some of the non-conference related activities are discussed here at the Tcler's Wiki.

To keep in touch with news regarding the conference and Tcl events in general, subscribe to the tcl-announce list.

To join the Tcl 2009 Conference mailing list subscribe to the tclConf list.

Other Forms of Participation

For those who are not presenting a paper at the conference, but would like to present their work in some form, we do provide several other forms of participation.

Slots for Works-in-Progress (WIP) presentations and Birds-of-a-Feather sessions (BOFs) are available on a first-come, first-served basis by sending email to [email protected]. Some WIP and BOF time slots will be held open for on-site reservation, so we encourage all attendees with interesting work in progress to consider presenting that work at the conference. -->

To keep in touch with news regarding the conference and Tcl events in general, subscribe to the tcl-announce list .

Conference Committee

Brian Griffin   Mentor GraphicsFacilities Coordination
Clif Flynt   Noumena CorpGeneral Chair, Website Admin
Ron Fox   NSCL Michigan State UniversityProgram Chair
Arjen Markus   WL Delft Hydraulics
Cyndy Lilagan   Iomas Corp
Mike Doyle   Iomas Corp
Gerald Lester   KnG Consulting, LLC
Donal Fellows   University of Manchester
Jeffrey Hobbs   ActiveState Corp
Steve Landers   Digital Smarties
Joe Mistachkin   Mistachkin Systems
Kevin Kenny   GE Global Research Center
Ken Jones   Avia Training
Larry Virden   Tcl FAQ Maintainer
Andreas Kupries   ActiveState Corp

Contact Information

[email protected]