ActiveState Blog

  • Perl: Language, Community, and the Future

    I’ve been talking a lot about Perl this summer but wanted to tackle one more topic that is very important to me and ActiveState: the Perl Community. Every since I joined ActiveState last year, I have been exposed to the Perl community in a way I never was before. I’ve been even more impressed with the passion and commitment of this diverse community and thought I’d share a few thoughts on why I think that the Perl community is so great--and why it’s been integral to keep Perl relevant.

  • Threads Done Right... with Tcl
    Threading done right with Tcl

    I don’t like threads. They are brittle and dangerous... Even when the languages being used have good thread support (Java and Microsoft C++, for example), even when used by senior developers, and even when used for quite simple “fire off this worker thread so the UI will still be live while a long job runs” tasks. I’ve seen them go wrong in too many ways in the hands of good developers with plenty of multi-threading experience.

  • Embedded Applications vs Wrapped Applications

    Have you ever wondered what’s typically most important when it comes to application distribution? Is it app security, stability, license indemnification, no active GPL/GNU in the license, royalty free options, or all of the above? It’s safe to say that most companies want it all, and that’s what they get with ActiveState’s OEM solutions, OEM versions of ActivePerl, ActivePython and ActiveTcl make it really seamless and simple for organizations to create cool and innovative applications, and start shipping without a hassle.

  • Python vs. C/C++ in Embedded Systems
    Python vs. C/C++ in Embedded Systems

    The C/C++ programming languages dominate embedded systems programming, though they have a number of disadvantages. Python, on the other hand, has many strengths that make it a great language for embedded systems. Let's look at the pros and cons of each, and why you should consider Python for embedded programming.

  • Back to Work: End of Summer Savings
    Back to Work Savings at ActiveState

    We know how hard the end of summer can be—it marks the end of weekends at the lake, visiting friends and family, long roadtrips, and adventure. To soften the blow of heading back to work... It's back!

    Our annual Back to Work sale has returned for the month of September. Save up to $250 when you place an order for new or upgrade licenses this month!

    Take advantage of these great savings before September 30th; just enter the coupons below when you checkout on our store:

  • Tcl Survey 2016

    This summer, we sent out a survey to all our ActiveTcl downloaders and customers. We wanted to gain some insights into how and why people use ActiveTcl. As a result, we’ve created a handy little infographic (at the bottom of this blog) depicting the survey results--but I thought I would share a few highlights in this blog.

  • Onboarding New Developers: Enforcing Standards Through Tutorials
    Onboarding Developers Using Komodo Tutorial Tool

    Getting a new developer up to speed is one of those 80/20 tasks: there is an easy 80% that goes quickly, and a hard 20% that takes longer. The easy part is the big picture: what tools the team uses, where the source is, what the build process involves.

    The hard part is in the details. Coding standards. Preferred practices. How to deal with the inevitable idiosyncratic aspects of any software development process that has been running for more than week.

  • Tcl for Big Data: How I Recovered Millions of Transactions Using Tcl
    Tcl For Big Data: How I Recovered Millions of Transactions Using Tcl

    We’re all familiar with Tcl on the small scale, embedded into products as a way to make them field-programmable, for testing software or electronics, or for glueing larger components together. But something that you may not know is that Tcl also does a great job with big data on datacentre class hardware.

  • What's speed got to do with it?
    What Does Speed Have to do with it?

    “Interpreted languages are slow” is a common myth. Interpreted languages provide an increase in development speed but trade it off for a decrease in runtime performance. In other words, interpreted languages love developers and hate end-users.

    None of those beliefs is meaningful. It isn’t that they are true or false, it’s that they are incoherent. Languages are not running a footrace. They aren’t charging down a linear track together, all doing the same thing.

    We use different languages for very different things.

  • Webinar: The ActiveState of Tcl

    Millions of developers around the world use Tcl for rapid prototyping, scripted applications, GUIs, and testing. It’s everywhere around us - from routers, to network management tools to semiconductors. Yet Tcl remains one of the most unheralded and quietest languages in programming. But our intelligence tells us this is changing. Not only has Tcl jumped nearly 20 spots in the Tiobe rankings this month but it continues to be used in mission critical applications powering the world around us.

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