Critcl lets you easily embed C code in Tcl - it is an acronym for Compiled Runtime in Tcl. Critcl takes a snippet of C, wraps it up a bit, sends it to the compiler, and then dynamically links the code. Checksums are used to only recompile when needed, so the build overhead really applies only once.
Critcl has been packaged as a Starkit, as an easy way to use it. It contains extra logic written by Steve Landers to generate a compiled extension, ready to distribute as a Tcl package. And it pops up a little help system when launched with no args.
- Documentation: paper from the Tcl/Tk 2002 conference, Vancouver (PDF).
- The above now as web pages: Critcl - beyond stubs and compilers
- Details about Starkits and Tclkit (Critcl can also be used as plain script).
- More notes are available on the Tclers' Wiki - here and here.
- A collection of packages called "Critlib", these were all built with Critcl.
Critcl and Critlib can be downloaded from the /pub/sk/ area on this server.
The "Failure Feedback Forum" on this website can be used to report bugs.