Deployment and Testing

There are various reasons why people who start using Tcl Tk turn into its long-term loyalists. Couple of important aspects that contribute significantly to the amazing success and growing popularity of Tcl Tk are its ease of software deployment and its usage in software and hardware testing.

It’s often seen that software deployment becomes a highly frustrating process where dynamic languages are concerned. This is because you’re required to load both the application scripts and the language interpreter onto the machine. Majority of dynamic languages have provision for tools that compile everything inside one single executable file. However, in case of Tcl Tk, the developers are allowed to go far beyond such simple solutions. You get to use powerful technologies like Starkits, Starpacks and Tcl VFS (Virtual File System) for making deployment a more flexible, transparent and powerful process. You can also implement intellectual property protection in commercial applications, using other options. This is something that’s normally not found in the other dynamic languages.

Software and hardware testing
Tcl is the ideal language for software and hardware testing, and is rapidly emerging as the most preferred language for this purpose. Using Tcl, you can smoothly test the internal APIs or hardware of applications, invoke test functions, verify the results and report any errors. The interpreter implementation of Tcl enables the rapid creation of tests, which can also be saved in the form of Tcl script files for reuse and regression testing later. If it’s a software application you’re testing, Tcl helps you connect directly with the low-level APIs, thus providing comprehensive and precise testing capabilities.