The appeal of ActivePerl and ActivePython is obvious when you're running business applications in an exclusively Windows environment. There are other distributions of Perl and Python available for Windows, but none with a vendor like ActiveState backing them up.
On Saturday, Sebastian Riedel* released version 1.1 of Mojolicious, the next generation web framework for Perl. We love Perl and web development here at ActiveState, so we contacted Sebastian for an interview.
One of the most highly publicized software development project failures belongs to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Before 2000, many of the agency’s records were paper-based, preventing collaboration and analysis enabled by modern-day computer systems — a major shortcoming made public by the events of 9/11. Just before September 11, the FBI rolled out plans to develop a virtual case file system that would merge obsolete applications into a single, up-to-date system, allowing agents to analyze and share information that could help them connect the dots in their investigations.
Perl Package Manager (PPM) installs pre-built Perl modules into ActivePerl. The ActiveState PPM repositories currently contain 13,000 to 16,000 modules per platform. They are easy to search with the PPM client, either from the command-line or from a GUI (see "How to install CPAN modules into ActivePerl").