Top 5 Gifts Ideas for the Python Developer on your Christmas List
by Diane Mueller

Diane Mueller, December 22, 2010

Pythonista Gift Ideas from ActiveStateTis the season for giving, and we all know that special someone would love a little Python under the tree, so why not give them what they want? 

Here are my top gift ideas for this holiday season for Python developers:

#1 Their Own Cloud

The "cloud" is what everyone's been talking about this year, so why not give all your developer friends an Amazon Cloud of their own?  With ActiveState's  ActivePython Amazon EC2 AMI, you can spin up them up their own Cloud complete with ActivePython Community Edition, a running Django sample application and everything they need to develop and deploy their own cloud-based application.  If you are feeling a bit low on cash, spin up the 10G version and take advantage of Amazon's Free Tier.

#2 ActivePython Business Edition

The Python commercial-grade distributions with support, available for current and older versions for all platforms: Windows, Linux, Mac OSX, Solaris, HP-UX, AIX is on sale until December 31st - so take advantage and give the gift of support, along with valuable extra modules for building enterprise applications such as database connectors, GUI toolkits, those essential python modules for financial and scientific computing modules Numpy, SciPy and matplotlib. 

# 3 ActivePython 3.1

For the python developer who always wants the latest release, we've got plenty ActivePython 3.1 packages listed at  and available for download at

#4 Find the Perfect Python Package with PyPM Index

For those hard to please Python developer with esoteric tastes, go to PyPM Index, the one-stop shopping place at ActiveState's Python Package Repository ( and look the most popular packages or search on the topic of interest to your developer's heart and there's sure to be a package or two that will delight and inspire them this holiday season!

#5 Komodo - Python IDE
Komodo is a professional IDE and editor for dynamic (scripting) languages, with a strong focus on Python development.

Still can't find what you need? Drop us a line and tell us about it, and we'll help you find the perfect solution!

Best Wishes for a Happy Holiday season from all of us at ActiveState!

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Diane Mueller is a Cloud Evangelist at ActiveState. She has been designing & implementing financial applications at Fortune 500 corporations for over 20 years. Diane has been actively involved in development efforts of XBRL Open Standard ( since 1999.


1 comments for Top 5 Gifts Ideas for the Python Developer on your Christmas List

And don't forget a rabbit for the python on your Xmas list.