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A Web-Framework Weekend: LinuxFest Northwest 2010 Preview

By Eric Promislow, April 20, 2010

One of my favorite local conferences is coming up this weekend, namely LinuxFest NorthWest in Bellingham, Washington. The range of sessions has always been somewhat unpredictable, but this year features a healthy number of talks dedicated to developing web applications with the main open source frameworks. I figure it will be a good chance for me to get up to speed on any new developments I missed out on, as well as meeting people who are working in the area locally.

Category: ActiveBlog, open source

New Contest: Enter your Cool App or Cool Project Built with ActivePerl, ActivePython or ActiveTcl

By Liliya Apostolova, April 15, 2010

Are you using ActivePerl, ActivePython or ActiveTcl to build something cool and curious?

The Cool Apps, Cool Projects Contest is your chance to shine and showcase to your peers how you are using ActivePerl, ActivePython and ActiveTcl for something weird, cool or funky (you can also submit one of your friends' projects).

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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

ActiveState to Attend Cisco Toolapalooza 2010

By Sheila Rebellato, April 13, 2010

Cisco Toolapalooza, Cisco's very own annual tradeshow is happening again, and this year ActiveState is attending. Every year, Cisco invites vendors working with Cisco to attend, exhibit, present to Cisco employees and network with other Cisco vendors. The event brings together internal and external software testing and software development tool vendors and professionals for two days of tradeshow and presentations. The event will take place April 20-21st at the Cisco Campus in San Jose.

Category: ActiveBlog, events

Talking Vantrash.ca: 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

Top four questions from businesses using ActivePerl, ActivePython, and ActiveTcl

By Graham Stuart, March 31, 2010

topquestionsLike 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.

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ActiveState Releases ActivePython 2.6.5.12 and ActivePython 3.1.2.3

By Sridhar Ratnakumar, March 25, 2010

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 2.6.5.12 and ActivePython 3.1.2.3.

Without much further ado, here is what you should know about these two releases:

What makes a good enterprise cryptography toolkit

By Mike Ivanov, March 24, 2010

Not only does having the right API reduce learning time, it also relieves the development community of the need to have certain debates: design discussions that would have spawned long and contentious mailing list threads simply do not come up. That may not be quite the same thing as pure technical or aesthetic beauty, but in a project with many participants and a constant turnover rate, it's a beauty you can use.

Beautiful Code, Chapter Two, p.28

Category: ActiveBlog, python

50% of developers concerned about open source redistribution rights

By Liliya Apostolova, March 18, 2010

A couple of months ago, we commented on the Dr. Dobbs article What Developers Think, written by Jeffrey Hammond, Research Analyst for Forrester Research which concluded developers often use open source without their manager's approval.

Our March developer poll generated some interesting results showing that developers, managers and architects are all concerned with the proper licensing of open source for externally distributed applications.

The top ten list of productivity boosters for programmers

By Troy Topnik, March 16, 2010

A very, very useful question came up on stackoverflow a couple of weeks ago:

"As a programmer what single discovery has given you the greatest boost in productivity?"

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