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Tcl/Tk 8.5 Programming Cookbook

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Tcl/Tk 8.5 Programming Cookbook

Overview of this book

With Tcl/Tk, you can create full-featured cross-platform applications in a simple and easy-to-understand way without any expensive development package; the only tools required are a simple text editor and your imagination. This practical cookbook will help you to efficiently interact with editors, debuggers, and shell type interactive programs using Tcl/Tk 8. This cookbook will comprehensively guide you through practical implementation of Tcl/Tk 8.5 commands and tools. This book will take you through all the steps needed to become a productive programmer in Tcl/Tk 8. Right from guiding you through the basics to creating a stand-alone application, it provides complete explanation of all the steps along with handy tips and tricks. The book begins with an introduction to the Tcl shell, syntax, variables, and programming best practices in the language. It then explores procedures and the flow of events with control constructs followed by advanced error trapping and recovery. From Chapter 4, a detailed study of string expressions and handling enables you to handle various string functions and use lists to expand the string functionality. The book then discusses in-depth the Tcl Dictionary and how to utilize it to store and retrieve data. File operations and Tk GUI handling are covered extensively along with a developing a real-world address book application to practice the concepts learned.
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Tcl/Tk 8.5 Programming Cookbook
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Merging two dictionaries

Let's assume that we have two dictionaries that we need to merge into a single dictionary. To accomplish this, Tcl provides the dict merge command. The syntax is as follows:

dict merge dictionaryValue1 dictionaryValue2…

How to do it…

In the following example, we will create two dictionaries containing collections of key/value pairs and then using the dict merge command create a dictionary containing the contents of both. Return values from the commands are provided for clarity. Enter the following command:

% set test1 [dict create 1 John 2 Mary 3 Paul]
1 John 2 Mary 3 Paul
% set test2 [dict create 4 Fred 5 Sue 6 Tom]
4 Fred 5 Sue 6 Tom
% set merged [dict merge $test1 $test2]
1 John 2 Mary 3 Paul 4 Fred 5 Sue 6 Tom

How it works…

The dict merge command returns a dictionary containing the contents of two or more dictionaries, as specified in the dictionaryValue arguments. In the event of duplicate key mapping, the last dictionary merged will be the value that will be...