ActiveState Blog

  • 10 Komodo Features Web Developers Will Love

    Komodo IDE X adds a ton of new features, many of which targeted at web developers. We realize that while not everyone may consider themselves a web developer, most developers these days will be using web technologies to some degree.

    Let's have a look at the top 10 features a web developer will care about (counting down from number 10). Clickbait title aside, I promise this is worth the read (and it's not like we're putting each item behind another page view, sigh).

  • 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.

  • How We Made Komodo X Even Faster

    Komodo has always been a very fast IDE. So much so that combined with its minimalistic UI many users tend to confuse Komodo IDE with an editor. Of course Komodo is an editor too, but to call it just an editor would be doing it a disservice.

  • 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.

  • Komodo 10.0.1 Released

    We hope everyone has been enjoying Komodo X so far. Today we're releasing our first update, which is focussed entirely on stability and primarily resolves bugs introduced in 10.0.0 as well as a few longer standing issues.

    No software release is perfect, there will always be bugs, but it's worth noting that the release of Komodo X went exceptionally well. It is easily one of our best releases (if not the best one) in recent years. If you've been holding off on taking Komodo X for a test run - now is the perfect time!

    Check below for the full release notes.

  • 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.

  • Komodo X Webinar: Questions and Answers

    On June 6, 2016 at 10 am PDT, NathanR and myself (CareyH) introduced Komodo X to the world (just under 100 people…) in a live webcast. Our goal was to show off some of the new features in action and let people ask questions about what they heard, saw, or wanted to see.

    To ensure that everyone, not just people who were able to attend the webinar, would benefit from the webcast, I wrote a blog to answer all the questions asked during the cast. This is that blog.

    1. When and where can I find the recorded webinar presentation?

  • 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.

  • Top 11 Tips and Tricks for Komodo X

    I would like to start this post by thanking those of you who have mild to severe OCD and yet still clicked our provocative title.

    I realized while writing another blog post that we hadn’t written a Komodo Tips and Tricks post for over 3 years. A LOT has changed in Komodo in those 36+ months. 12383 commits, 1326 bug fixes, 4518 files changed, 809797 insertions and 721068 deletions (Hey thanks Git log and diff stats!). With the release of Komodo X, now seemed like a great time for some updated tricks!

  • Perl Survey 2016

    Earlier this year we sent out an on-line survey to our ActivePerl downloaders. A little over 350 users responded and shared insights into how long they've been using Perl as well as how they are using it. While some results were expected (such as over half of those respondents being in a developer role), one of the more unexpected results that caught our eye was how long people had been using Perl.

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