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Top 3 Projects Developed with ActivePerl, ActivePython and ActiveTcl

By Liliya Apostolova, May 13, 2010

Last month we asked, "Are you using ActivePerl, ActivePython or ActiveTcl to build something cool and curious?" and we got submissions for some very interesting projects.

We are pleased to present the following winners and describe their projects:

Category: awards

Python Crypto: State of the Art (Part 3)

By Mike Ivanov, May 11, 2010

In the previous article we looked at the two most interesting crypto toolkits. What else is out there? A lot.

Category: open source, python

Concurreny in Tcl: Weaving Threads

By Andreas Kupries, May 10, 2010

Introduction

In the previous article we talked about pseudo-concurrency through events and mentioned threads as one possible solution to some of their limitations. This second article expands on that.

Threads compared to Events

First, in contrast to events, only the C level foundations are built into the core. Script access to threads requires a package: Thread.

Category: tcl

Concurrency in Tcl: Events without getting Twisted

By Andreas Kupries, May 6, 2010

So you wish to perform several things in parallel, or at least concurrently enough that the user can believe they are happening in parallel? Tcl supports this in multiple ways, actually too many for a single post to cover, so this post is the start of a small series about concurrency in Tcl. Here we'll talk about events and their management, followed by a post about threads, and finally a post about how we can make the parts of a parallel application talk to each other.

Category: tcl

New Poll Results: Open Source License Compliance A Major Concern for Enterprises

By Liliya Apostolova, May 4, 2010

Last week, we conducted an informal poll amongst 70 IT professionals including a mix of engineers, information architects, lawyers and CIOs. The survey was conducted in a webinar entitled “Safeguarding against the risks of improper open source licensing – valuable lessons for software/hardware vendors” by Greg Olson, a senior partner at Olliance Group and Bart Copeland, President and CEO of ActiveState.

Two things stood out in the poll results:

Category: announcements, perl, python, tcl

Massachusetts mandates data security sanity

By Troy Topnik, April 28, 2010

Don't panic. SQL Server magazine published “A New Law Could Change the Way You Build Database Applications” a few days ago which gives the initial impression that all of us in the industry have a lot of work to do to comply with Massachusetts’ new legislation on personal information security.

My favorite Tcl package

By Andreas Kupries, April 26, 2010

Well, originally I wanted to write down a list of my favorite of Tcl packages and then post about that. But after I wrote them down, I found that this list had only one entry: William Duquette’s snit.

Category: tcl

A Web-Framework Weekend: LinuxFest Northwest 2010 Preview

By Eric Promislow, April 20, 2010

One of my favorite local conferences is coming up this weekend, namely LinuxFest NorthWest in Bellingham, Washington. The range of sessions has always been somewhat unpredictable, but this year features a healthy number of talks dedicated to developing web applications with the main open source frameworks. I figure it will be a good chance for me to get up to speed on any new developments I missed out on, as well as meeting people who are working in the area locally.

Category: ActiveBlog, open source

New Contest: Enter your Cool App or Cool Project Built with ActivePerl, ActivePython or ActiveTcl

By Liliya Apostolova, April 15, 2010

Are you using ActivePerl, ActivePython or ActiveTcl to build something cool and curious?

The Cool Apps, Cool Projects Contest is your chance to shine and showcase to your peers how you are using ActivePerl, ActivePython and ActiveTcl for something weird, cool or funky (you can also submit one of your friends' projects).

Category: ActiveBlog

What's New in ActivePerl - Rollout of Features from Perl 5.12

By Jan Dubois, April 14, 2010

Yesterday, we released our blog post Perl 5 is Alive, tracing the history of Perl 5 development and commenting on the continued commitment from the Perl community to Perl development. A day after the release of Perl 5.12 by the Perl Foundation, ActiveState released ActivePerl 5.12. Based on Perl 5.12, this release contains a long list of smaller new features, bug fixes and some deprecations.

Category: announcements