ActiveState Blog

  • Becoming a Regex Wizard with Komodo IDE's Rx Toolkit

    Quick! Write a regular expression that matches an unbroken sequence of alphanumeric characters and underscores, but does not start with a digit.

    Whoa, whoa, hold on. Wait a minute. If you are like me, you might be thinking "what an earth is a 'regular expression'?" I can think of a whole bunch of irregular expressions. What makes an expression "regular"?

  • My First Week at ActiveState

    I’ve had an interesting career so far. I moved out west from Ontario to “find myself” as they say. I’d never even been to Vancouver, but moving here seemed like a good idea. That was 12 years ago. Once I arrived, I started out in Quality Assurance and ended up finding myself, and my passion, as a software developer. It was a good feeling to find something that I both enjoyed and paid the bills. I moved up from QA to design and production, but with no college or university under my belt, I would often be lost in tech meetings.

  • Functional Python
    Functional Python

    Functional programming is a discipline, not a language feature. It is supported by a wide variety of languages, although those languages can make it more or less difficult to practice the discipline. Python has a number of features that support functional programming, including map/reduce functions, partial application, and decorators.

  • Komodo User Survey 2016

    Komodo IDE has been helping developers be more productive for the past 16 years. During this time there have been a lot of changes--with each new release we try to provide a better user experience and offer integrations that make our users' lives easier. We strongly believe that an IDE needs to let developers do their job without getting in their way, and we've worked hard to ensure that Komodo offers seamless integration into our users' workflows.

  • 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.

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