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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 [email protected]

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 .

Special Social Activites

The Tcl Association has arranged some special events for Friday after the technical sessions are over. If you want to attend these, you'll need to sign up for them at the conference.

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 -- Drury Lane Dinner Theater

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

The Tcl Assocation has arranged a special package price for dinner and theater at $44.00 per person. (These are regularly $64 per person.)

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Special Guest and Keynote Speaker

Georgios Petasis

Georgios's main interests are Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning and Tcl/Tk. He developed the Tk DragNDrop package, Tcl Agents, the Tk Toolbar and more. He recently completed migrating a major application from IncrTcl on Tcl8.5 to TclOO on Tcl8.6.

Invited Talks

  • Keynote Address
    Techniques for porting applications from Tcl8.5 ([Incr Tcl]) to 8.6 (TclOO)

  • Guest Address
    Perils and Sucesses with TclOO

  • 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 Tcl/Tk Toolkit (Second Revision)
  • Steve Landers: StarKit and Critcl co-developer
  • Mike Doyle: Chairman of Eolas
  • Tomasz Kosiak: Leader in the Tcl GSoC involvement
  • Donal Fellows: The TclOO expert.
  • Joe Mistachkin: Creator of Eagle and TclBridge
  • 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.


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 ([email protected]) 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.


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

See the list of tutorials for details.


The schedule is now online here.

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 2010 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

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

[email protected]