Accession Number:

ADA443488

Title:

On the Suitability of Tcl/Tk for SYS

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

CARNEGIE-MELLON UNIV PITTSBURGH PA SOFTWARE ENGINEERING INST

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2003-02-01

Pagination or Media Count:

36.0

Abstract:

The Software Engineering Institute SEI was called on recently to examine a system hereafter called SYS written entirely in the Tool Control LanguageToolkit TclTk language. In response to some negative comments in the SEIs report the developers presented a list of systems purported to demonstrate the viability of TclTk as a development tool. A review of the 67 listed systems found that TclTk is indeed practical for developing large systems. Small systems written in the language often follow a paradigm of classic TclTk windows. SYS embraced this approach to the extent of involving hundreds of windows. The review showed that no other large system written in TclTk has anywhere near as many such windows. User interviews suggested that the number of different windows was indeed a problem. SYS should consider an alternative design perhaps a Web-based approach. Some design criteria are described at the end of the report.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Computer Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE