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Practical Programming in Tcl and Tk, Fourth Edition by Brent Welch, Ken Jones

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Chapter 48. Compiling Tcl and Extensions

This chapter explains how to build Tcl from the source distribution, and how to create C extensions that are built according to the standard Tcl Extension Architecture (TEA).

Compiling Tcl from the source distribution is easy. One of the strengths of Tcl is that it is quite portable, so it has been built on all kinds of systems including Unix, Windows, Macintosh, AS/400, IBM mainframes, and embedded systems. However, it can be a challenge to create a Tcl extension that has the same portability. The Tcl Extension Architecture (TEA) provides guidelines and samples to help extension authors create portable Tcl extensions. TEA is a result of collaboration within the Tcl user community, and the version described ...

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