ActiveState Blog

  • Creating Your First Android App With Cordova and Komodo IDE

    We've been seeing more of our users getting into mobile app development, so we added PhoneGap and Cordova integration in the Komodo X release. Although I'm not a mobile app developer, given the new functionality in Komodo I thought it would be fun to write my first Android App.

  • ActiveState 2016 Open Source Survey

    We had a tremendous response to our first open source survey and on behalf of ActiveState I’d like to thank the 867 people who gave their time and thoughts.

    Our infographic has some great highlights from the survey, please check it out. To accompany that, we’ll dig deeper into the data and provide a few visualizations to surface some of the more interesting bits.

  • Komodo 10.1 Webinar - Q&A

    On September 8th, Nathan and myself (Carey) did a webinar on Komodo 10.1. We wanted to show off the new tutorial tool and the other great features we’d introduced in 10.1 and also provide an overview of Komodo X for those of you who’d missed the previous webcast.

    As usual, I’ve compiled all the questions that were asked during the presentation and documented them in this blog so that everyone can benefit from the answers. You can also view the webinar, in its entirety, here:

  • Fast Security Is Not Always High Security: Today's OpenSSL News
    Open Source Security

    Einstein said that our physical theories should be as simple as possible, but not simpler. The same is true of security: security policies should move as fast as possible, but not faster. There is a "speed of light" for security, just as there is for physics. Try to go faster, and bad things happen.

  • Perl: Language, Community, and the Future

    I’ve been talking a lot about Perl this summer but wanted to tackle one more topic that is very important to me and ActiveState: the Perl Community. Every since I joined ActiveState last year, I have been exposed to the Perl community in a way I never was before. I’ve been even more impressed with the passion and commitment of this diverse community and thought I’d share a few thoughts on why I think that the Perl community is so great--and why it’s been integral to keep Perl relevant.

  • Carey in Cascadia(Fest)

    As none of you may know, I had the privilege of attending the CascadiaFest 2016 conference this year, the gathering of people working in software from the Cascade region in the North America as well as people from all over the world. The Cascades is basically that whole area in the Northwest corner of the map extending from British Columbia, Canada down to California that will be under water after "The Big One" shakes things up a bit.

  • Threads Done Right... with Tcl
    Threading done right with Tcl

    I don’t like threads. They are brittle and dangerous... Even when the languages being used have good thread support (Java and Microsoft C++, for example), even when used by senior developers, and even when used for quite simple “fire off this worker thread so the UI will still be live while a long job runs” tasks. I’ve seen them go wrong in too many ways in the hands of good developers with plenty of multi-threading experience.

  • Embedded Applications vs Wrapped Applications

    Have you ever wondered what’s typically most important when it comes to application distribution? Is it app security, stability, license indemnification, no active GPL/GNU in the license, royalty free options, or all of the above? It’s safe to say that most companies want it all, and that’s what they get with ActiveState’s OEM solutions, OEM versions of ActivePerl, ActivePython and ActiveTcl make it really seamless and simple for organizations to create cool and innovative applications, and start shipping without a hassle.

  • Komodo 10.1.1 Released

    Hope everyone is enjoying the changes in 10.1! Virtually the only "real" bug we've seen reported by users was the issue where "Find all" was failing. We released a nightly almost instantly and adjusted our schedule to get a stable release out soon after, and here we are.

    Aside from the "Find all" fix we also addressed some smaller issues. We're also including an experimental fix for random crashes, which is only called "experimental" because we have not been able to verify whether this indeed reduces the number of random crashes due to the nature of the issue.

  • Python vs. C/C++ in Embedded Systems
    Python vs. C/C++ in Embedded Systems

    The C/C++ programming languages dominate embedded systems programming, though they have a number of disadvantages. Python, on the other hand, has many strengths that make it a great language for embedded systems. Let's look at the pros and cons of each, and why you should consider Python for embedded programming.

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