ActivePython Business Edition now ships with Numpy, SciPy and matplotlib - three fundamental python packages for financial and scientific computing. With the recent US SEC proposals to use python for ABS financial models - there are more than a few python-curious accountants, analysts and regulators starting to research and play with python.
Last week, we announced the results of an informal survey of over 140 developers, architects and managers and got some good insights into how and when enterprise developers are planning to deploy cloud applications.
Like every company, we regularly field questions about our products. We're very happy to answer these. Part of my job is to answer the questions that start out as support requests. Sometimes a support request indicates to me that a customer needs a different solution from the product they currently use.
After the core Python release team released Python 2.6.5 and 3.1.2 this past weekend, the Python team at ActiveState was hard at work to deliver the corresponding ActivePython release as soon as possible.
We are pleased to announce the availability of both ActivePython 220.127.116.11 and ActivePython 18.104.22.168.
Without much further ado, here is what you should know about these two releases:
As you are about to embark on your new Python-based project, it is perhaps good to consider using existing tools available in the Python community. Consider the following tools that the Python community has provided to ease one's development process:
ActivePython users on Linux or MacOSX may have noted that the arrow keys do not work properly in the command-line Python shell. When you hit up-arrow in the shell, ActivePython gives you "^[[A". This is because ActivePython does not include GNU readline due to licensing restrictions.
We introduced Business Edition earlier this week, and made some changes to our ActivePerl, ActivePython, and ActiveTcl Community Editions. In this podcast interview on Frugal Tech Show, I had the pleasure of speaking with Ken Hess and Jason Perlow about why we made these changes.