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Getting started with Python development tools

By Sridhar Ratnakumar, February 18, 2010
    Python Development tools

    As you are about to embark on your new Python-based project, it is perhaps good to consider using existing tools available in the Python community. Consider the following tools that the Python community has provided to ease one's development process:

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The cost of open source software

By Bart Copeland, February 17, 2010

Open source not freeMuch has been said in our inner open source circles about the cost of open source. But now, people outside the inner circle are understanding the value and costs associated with open source. Open source software bits are generally freely available for download, so the acquisition costs are low.

Category: open source, perl, python

Better interactive shell for ActivePython

By Sridhar Ratnakumar, February 17, 2010

ActivePython users on Linux or MacOSX may have noted that the arrow keys do not work properly in the command-line Python shell. When you hit up-arrow in the shell, ActivePython gives you "^[[A". This is because ActivePython does not include GNU readline due to licensing restrictions.

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Top 5 Tips for Managing Open Source Developers: Don't Forget the Beer Fridge!

By Bart Copeland, February 16, 2010

Beer oclockJust over 4 years ago I was presented with the privileged opportunity of leading ActiveState as its CEO. I say privileged because ActiveState is comprised of a group of very smart and very passionate individuals (aka "Activators") and it is not every day that an opportunity like this presents itself. However, when you are entrusted to lead a group of open source developers, you need to adjust your leadership style.

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Where Is Tcl Hiding?

By Andreas Kupries, February 15, 2010

Where is Tcl hidingIn basements, gadgets, and embedded in a multitude of applications, where it is silently humming along, working for many people without them being aware of its presence.

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Why did we introduce this new Business Edition?

By Bart Copeland, February 4, 2010

We introduced Business Edition earlier this week, and made some changes to our ActivePerl, ActivePython, and ActiveTcl Community Editions. In this podcast interview on Frugal Tech Show, I had the pleasure of speaking with Ken Hess and Jason Perlow about why we made these changes.

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Two More Weeks Until PyCon 2010 and We're Giving Away a Pass

By Shannon Yelland, February 3, 2010

Free ticket PyconIt's countdown! Two more weeks until PyCon 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia February 19-21, 2010. It's going to be a great Python conference, jam packed with sessions.

Win a PyCon conference pass for yourself or a friend:

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ActiveState Launches Business Edition for ActivePerl, ActivePython and ActiveTcl

By Liliya Apostolova, February 2, 2010

ActiveState Business Edition integrates commercial-grade ActivePerl, ActivePython and ActiveTcl support with access to platform builds and repositories for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, AIX, Solaris and HP-UX as well as to older versions across all platforms.

Dynamic languages like Perl, Python and Tcl are often used because of their flexibility and extensibility, providing development with the tools to create applications faster.

No More Stale Lunches

By Troy Topnik, February 2, 2010

muffinThey say there's no such thing as a free lunch. Well, ActiveState has been giving away ActivePerl, ActivePython and ActiveTcl builds for years, and it's been good for us and for the open source language community.

We're going to keep doing that, but we're no longer going to be offering all the old versions for download.

The day-old bread analogy

What managers don't know about their developers using open source components

By Jeff Hobbs, January 29, 2010

In Jeffrey Hammond's recent article on Dr. Dobb's (What Developers Think, January 16, 2010), his survey results highlighted something we have known for some time based on the developers and companies that we talk to:

Managers don't know everything their developers are using or doing.

His survey showed that:

  • 80% of developers say they use open source components for development or application deployment