ActiveState Blog

  • What's speed got to do with it?
    What Does Speed Have to do with it?

    “Interpreted languages are slow” is a common myth. Interpreted languages provide an increase in development speed but trade it off for a decrease in runtime performance. In other words, interpreted languages love developers and hate end-users.

    None of those beliefs is meaningful. It isn’t that they are true or false, it’s that they are incoherent. Languages are not running a footrace. They aren’t charging down a linear track together, all doing the same thing.

    We use different languages for very different things.

  • Webinar: The ActiveState of Tcl

    Millions of developers around the world use Tcl for rapid prototyping, scripted applications, GUIs, and testing. It’s everywhere around us - from routers, to network management tools to semiconductors. Yet Tcl remains one of the most unheralded and quietest languages in programming. But our intelligence tells us this is changing. Not only has Tcl jumped nearly 20 spots in the Tiobe rankings this month but it continues to be used in mission critical applications powering the world around us.

  • Creating a Reverse Lookup Table for OTRS with ActivePerl

    Occasionally our customer service team wants to find the ticket that is related to a filename that was attached to an email that went through OTRS Free (the system we use to manage our customer-facing support tickets). As to be expected, we've accumulated a lot of tickets and a number of these include attachments and currently reverse lookup by attachment is not a feature in OTRS Free. We didn't want to modify OTRS and complicate future upgrades, so we decided to create a separate web UI to run an attachment search.

  • What’s Up Perl?

    Recently, Tom Radcliffe (ActiveState Director of Engineering) and Jason McIntosh, co-author of the O’Reily book "Perl & XML,” did a webinar about all things Perl. They wanted to talk about the origins of Perl, why it had become so invisible in recent years and where it was heading.

  • Getting Exposure for Your Open Source Project
    Getting Exposure for Your Open Source Project

    With so many great open source projects spreading like wildfire, it is a great time to be a developer! I spend a considerable amount of time looking for great ideas across the open source community. For me, I'm always searching for modules we might include in our distributions, projects that could be enhanced and commercialized, or even crossovers into other areas for innovations. If something really resonates with our business we will apply resources to furthering that project.

  • The Perl Paradox

    Our Director of Engineering, Tom Radcliffe, recently presented a talk at YAPC North America titled “The Perl Paradox.” This concept refers to the fact that Perl has become virtually invisible in recent years while remaining one of the most important and critical modern programming languages. Little, if any, media attention has been paid to it, despite being ubiquitous in the backrooms of the enterprise.

  • Long-time Perl Hacker Webinar: Q&A
    Perl Hacker Webinar Q&A

    Recently, Jason McIntosh, co-author of “Perl & XML,” and I did a webinar about all things Perl. We wanted to explore the concept of a “Perl Renaissance” and talk about where Perl is headed in the future. It was a great chat and we received many more questions than we could answer in the allotted time. I thought I would respond to them here so that everyone can see the answers.

  • Technical Debt in High Tech - A CEO's Perspective
    Technical Debt CEOs Perspective

    Recall in a blog last year, I discussed the goals of what's next for ActiveState. At that time we had recently sold the Stackato business to HP and our plan was (and is) to focus on our existing commercial language distributions and developer tools business.

  • Perl 5.24: Improved Performance and Security
    ActivePerl 5.24 Improved Performance and Security

    If you're one of the millions of ActivePerl downloaders who want the support we provide in our Perl distribution, ActivePerl 5.24 is now available,with lots of new features and fairings. A feature is something added to a program. A fairing is something that makes it easier to use, smoother, more streamlined.

  • An Interview with a Perl Hacker

    Perl is invisible—like the air. Those are some commonly heard refrains when people talk about Perl. It’s been around for so long, doing such a good job holding together the internet, that we don’t even notice it’s there. But here at ActiveState, we are in a unique position as both the creator of the first Perl for Windows distribution and as the leading supplier of Enterprise Perl solutions. While everyone else is neglecting Perl, our Perl business is vibrant, alive, and growing.

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