Insights on Code, the Cloud, and More

Upholding the Open Web with PaaS: An Interview with Mozilla’s Chris Turra

By Isabelle Groc, May 3, 2013

Just a few blocks away from ActiveState’s office in downtown Vancouver, Mozilla web operations engineer Chris Turra is working hard to fulfill his organization’s mission to keep the web open.

On Manufacturing, DevOps, and The Phoenix Project: How Private PaaS is the Shortcut to Streamlined IT

By Bart Copeland, May 1, 2013

Long before I became ActiveState’s CEO and involved in software, I started my career as a manufacturing engineer in a production plant building electronic devices. My role was to find ways to streamline the manufacturing process, minimize defects, reduce costs, shorten the time it took to obtain raw goods, build the product, reduce inventory (both raw goods and WIP) and get it out of the door to market in the most efficient manner possible.

The Elusiveness of DevOps

By Phil Whelan, April 25, 2013

The Elusiveness of DevOps

At ActiveState, we have always been focused on software developers, especially those that use dynamic languages such as Perl, Python, Ruby, and Tcl. The past few years building Stackato, our private Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), has led us to deal more with IT departments, while maintaining a close relationship with developers.

Bart on OpenStack: The Train has Left the Station

By Bart Copeland, April 23, 2013

I travelled to Portland last week for the OpenStack Summit, a four-day conference that brought together over 3,000 developers, users, and administrators of OpenStack Cloud Software.

What I did for Last Week’s Hackathon

By Matthew Fisher, April 19, 2013

Elastic SearchLast week was a pretty exciting week at ActiveState HQ. Following the release of Stackato 2.10, Komodo 8.0.1, and having a conference-free week, we decided that it was time for another Hackathon!

Logyard: The Why and How of Stackato's Logging System

By Sridhar Ratnakumar, April 18, 2013



Early on in the development of Stackato, we recognized that good logging features would be critical to developers and administrators. We also knew that we didn't want to reinvent the wheel, and made the intentional decision not to build log analysis and aggregation tools into the product itself.

Category: stackato

Stackato 2.10 Primed, Delivered, and Available!

By Brent Smithurst, April 10, 2013

Stackato 2.10It's been a long five weeks since we released Stackato 2.8, so we felt it was time to let 2.10 (that's "two point ten") into the wild.

Ten Things I Learned Last Week at @Cloud_Connect

By Toph Whitmore, April 9, 2013

Several colleagues and I spent last week in Northern California at UBM TechWeb’s Cloud Connect event at the Santa Clara Convention Center. It was a great conference for ActiveState, and especially for Stackato private-PaaS technology. Here are the top ten things I learned during the recent trip to my old South Bay stomping grounds:

Meeting our Komodo Users: Gary Chau, Knight IT Inc.

By Michael Kanasoot, April 3, 2013

Gary Chau, a Python developer at Knight IT Inc. recently contacted us about upgrading to the latest version of Komodo IDE. It turns out Gary has been a big fan of Komodo and ActivePython since 2003.

Category: komodo, python

Java Debugging in Stackato with Harbor

By John Wetherill, April 2, 2013

One thing that continually amazes me about Stackato is how it makes difficult things easy. A good example is the centralized aggregated logging function, which should be really hard in the cloud, but it’s not with Stackato’s easy to use yet sophisticated logging capabilities.