Posts about perl

Open Source and Adult Content with Perl and PHP - Oh My!

By Jeff Hobbs, June 18, 2010

Regardless of your personal feelings toward Internet porn, the sysadmins overseeing adult websites know a thing or two about scripting and scalability. For example, keep your database clean, embrace open source for as many commodity components as possible, and only use the latest technology if it adds actual value to your site, not just for the sake of using it.

Category: open source

New Poll Results: Open Source License Compliance A Major Concern for Enterprises

By Liliya Apostolova, May 4, 2010

Last week, we conducted an informal poll amongst 70 IT professionals including a mix of engineers, information architects, lawyers and CIOs. The survey was conducted in a webinar entitled “Safeguarding against the risks of improper open source licensing – valuable lessons for software/hardware vendors” by Greg Olson, a senior partner at Olliance Group and Bart Copeland, President and CEO of ActiveState.

Two things stood out in the poll results:

Category: announcements, perl, python, tcl

Perl 5 is Alive

By Jan Dubois, April 13, 2010

Perl 5 core development was in a downward spiral for a couple of years. Releases happened less and less frequently, the number of contributors dropped and the general outlook was getting worse and worse. This is the story how the downward trend has been reversed and how fun, optimism and even excitement has returned to Perl 5 language development.

Loss of momentum

Talking A Case Study of how Open Data Needs Open Source

By Eric Promislow, April 12, 2010

"Open Data" has been the flavor of the year. While ten years ago most people were content to access their favorite government-issued pamphlets and documents as PDF documents on the web, a few people knew that there were untold applications locked within the encrypted data in those documents. In the past year or so, many jurisdictions, most notably at the city level, have been releasing sets of raw data.

Category: ActiveBlog, open source

The Best Guide to Programming with Perl

By Sheila Louis, March 10, 2010

We reviewed Beautiful Code by Wilson and Oram earlier this week, so we wanted to do a review of a book that we recommend specifically for Perl programmers--given that we have some pretty serious Perl programmers on staff. The book most recommended is Programming Perl, 3rd Edition by Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen and Jon Orwant.

Category: ActiveBlog, perl

The cost of open source software

By Bart Copeland, February 17, 2010

Open source not freeMuch has been said in our inner open source circles about the cost of open source. But now, people outside the inner circle are understanding the value and costs associated with open source. Open source software bits are generally freely available for download, so the acquisition costs are low.

Category: open source, perl, python

No More Stale Lunches

By Troy Topnik, February 2, 2010

muffinThey say there's no such thing as a free lunch. Well, ActiveState has been giving away ActivePerl, ActivePython and ActiveTcl builds for years, and it's been good for us and for the open source language community.

We're going to keep doing that, but we're no longer going to be offering all the old versions for download.

The day-old bread analogy

What managers don't know about their developers using open source components

By Jeff Hobbs, January 29, 2010

In Jeffrey Hammond's recent article on Dr. Dobb's (What Developers Think, January 16, 2010), his survey results highlighted something we have known for some time based on the developers and companies that we talk to:

Managers don't know everything their developers are using or doing.

His survey showed that:

  • 80% of developers say they use open source components for development or application deployment

Pop the Bubbly - ActiveState launches Business Training for Perl, Python and Tcl.

By Liliya Apostolova, August 12, 2009

Development teams can finally hone their Perl, Python and Tcl programming skills with the new Business Training program ActiveState launched today. There are a lot of benefits to encouraging developers to polish their programming skills.

One obvious reason is that the development team could become better experts in coding with Perl, Python and Tcl. For their organization, this means a couple of things:

Critical systems using Perl, Tcl or Python? Time to think about support.

By Kendra Penrose, May 14, 2009

A recent blog post by Matt Asay caught our eye here at ActiveState:

Category: ActiveBlog
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