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I Just Want to Write My Code in Tcl

By Tom Radcliffe, March 21, 2016

"I don’t want a pickle
I just want to ride on my motor-cicle"

--Arlo Guthrie

This is a bit more fanciful than the usual ActiveState blog, but sometimes metaphors have more truth in them than facts.

Perl - The Secret Workhorse

By Jeff Rouse, March 3, 2016

Something we’ve been aware of at ActiveState for a long time, but the industry at large doesn’t seem to know, is that Perl is the secret workhorse across several industries. A mission-critical language with decades of development behind it, Perl turns an amazing 30 years old next year.

Category: dynamic languages, perl

Perl Modules Updated with OpenSSL 1.0.2g

By Andy Grundman, March 1, 2016

OpenSSL 1.0.2g was released today, containing fixes for a variety of security vulnerabilities. While we don't believe these vulnerabilities will impact most people, ActivePerl makes it easy to upgrade any installed SSL modules to the latest version. There are nine modules listed below that we build with OpenSSL.

Python Cons

By Tom Radcliffe, February 17, 2016

Yes, the title of this blog is a three-way pun, although neither Lisp nor conferences will be mentioned.

There was a nice article on Quora recently replying to a question on the downsides of the Python programming language

Python vs. Java: Duck Typing, Parsing on Whitespace and Other Cool Differences

By Tom Radcliffe, January 26, 2016

PythonPython has a lot to offer Java developers, and the languages are interesting both in their similarities and their differences. In a prior blog, I discussed the differences between Python and Java at a higher level.

Top 7 Blogs for 2015

By Navrup Johal, December 30, 2015

ActiveState Top Blogs 2015It’s that time of year again - our favourite blogs of the year! The selection criterion was simple: which blogs did we remember the most, told an interesting story or were the most entertaining. Without further ado, here they are in chronological order:

An Interview with David Ascher from the Mozilla Foundation

By Kathy Thomas, December 16, 2015

The core philosophy of the Mozilla Foundation is to promote the "values of an open internet to the broader world." So given the recent announcements about open source technology, Google open sourcing TensorFlow and Automattic’s doing the same for Wordp

Enterprises and Open Source: The Important Role of Commercial Distributions

By Bart Copeland, December 1, 2015

I recently did a webinar with Jay Lyman, Research Manager at 451 Research, discussing the trends in open source programming language adoption by enterprises and how they impact the overall business.

ActivePython vs. Open Source Python: What's the Difference

By Jennifer Lawler, November 5, 2015

I recently stumbled upon on old forum question inquiring why someone would use ActivePython instead of Python. That prompted me to write this blog, because it's important to remember that our language distributions are "more" than just the language itself.

Python GUI Programming: wxPython vs. tkinter

By Tom Radcliffe, October 14, 2015

Even though the Tcl/Tk-based UI module called tkinter is a fairly standard part of the Python distribution and has been for ages, it often gets ignored by developers who have come to Python from other directions.

My own background is mostly in the C/C++ world, where I had deep experience with Qt and wxWidgets. That made it natural and easy to focus on wxPython when I started using Python ten years ago. I knew tkinter existed, but didn't pay it much attention.

Category: dynamic languages
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