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Open Source: Standing in the Shadows of IT

By Michael Blanchard, April 14, 2016

OpenI recently asked a friend why he was sending me a work document that listed client names and other business data to my inbox. He then realized he had unwittingly stored a very sensitive work document in a DropBox account that was shared among friends.

Category: open source, perl

Perl QA Hackathon 2016

By Sheila Louis, April 7, 2016

Perl QA HackathonAt ActiveState, Perl has always been a big focus for us. You may have seen a few blogs from us recently on the pervasiveness of this (almost) 30-year-old language in the enterprise and examples of where Perl is being used today.

Category: events, perl

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

Windows DLL Relocation and Perl

By Andy Grundman, February 10, 2016

Recently a nasty bug was discovered in the way Perl builds DLL files on Windows when compiling with GCC. If an application needed to load two DLL files that overlapped their memory space, the usual OS relocation process would fail because the DLLs contained duplicate relocation tables. This bug was particularly tricky to track down because it generally only affected large applications that embed Perl or ones that load many XS modules. Thanks to Daniel Dragan and Jan Dubois for locating the problem and coming up with a fix.

Category: perl

Maintaining Open Source Technology: Foundations, Corporations and Two Guys Named Steve

By Tom Radcliffe, January 19, 2016

This post on Medium by Nadia Eghbal pointing out the precarious situation of open source infrastructure is absolutely spot-on.

Category: open source

Security Patches for ActivePerl

By Tom Radcliffe, January 12, 2016

Perl Security Patches In mid-December a number of security issues were identified in core modules of the Perl language. The first--found by David Golden of MongoDB and patched with code from Tony Cook--involved the File::Spec::canonpath() returning “untainted” strings even when passed “tainted” inputs.

Category: perl

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.

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