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pleasant things work better

By Trent Mick, June 4, 2009

I watched Don Norman’s TED Talk “3 ways good design makes you
happy”
last night:

This part of his talk really stuck out for me (transcription errors mine):

I really had the feeling that pleasant things work better and that never made
any sense to me, until I finally figured it out. Look:

[...]

I watched Don Norman’s TED Talk “3 ways good design makes you
happy”

last night:

Getting Started with Project Wikis

By Jeff Hobbs, June 1, 2009

One of the best tools for teamwork to come out of web 2.0 has been the venerable wiki. Few things speak more to staying in the flow of one’s work than just clicking Edit This Page where you see something that needs to be written or re-written (that's why we include wikis in Workspace). While a wiki can let project documentation grow organically as a project unfolds, it is like any tool and needs to be used the right way to get the most out of it.

"Clearly" ActiveTcl OEM Licensing works for DAFCA

By Kendra Penrose, May 28, 2009

We've got another Success Story published hot of the press. This time it's with DAFCA and their decision to use ActiveState's ActiveTcl OEM license to run the ClearBlue control GUI.

ClearBlue ships with a built-in interface that allows engineers to reconfigure chip validation procedures. The ClearBlue control GUI translates engineer intentions into Tcl programming scripts that reconfigure the software.

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How to install MySQL-python 1.2.3c1 on Mac OS X

By Trent Mick, May 26, 2009

Introduction

Just a quick note on getting MySQL-python (aka import MySQLdb) 1.2.3c1 (the
current latest version) to build
and install on Mac OS X, because I hit something that I didn’t see mentioned in
a number of similar posts.

Here are some links that discuss getting MySQL-python to build on Mac OS X:

MySQL-Python and Apple OSX 10.5 (Leopard)
How to install [...]

Introduction

Just a quick note on getting MySQL-python (aka import MySQLdb) 1.2.3c1 (the
current latest version) to build

Unboxing Workspace

By , May 22, 2009

What’s in the box? With any new thing, unboxing is the moment that anticipation meets realization. It’s a moment so loved that hundreds of people actually photo-document the experience and share it on Flickr.

Where's Git!?

By Troy Topnik, May 20, 2009

We've been getting a lot of people asking when we're going to support
Git in Workspace. It's a fair question,
but the best answer I can give at the moment is "As soon as we possibly
can." Workspace is based on Trac, and
getting Git to integrate well with Trac and all of the plug-ins available on
Workspace is quite a challenge.

Critical systems using Perl, Tcl or Python? Time to think about support.

By Kendra Penrose, May 14, 2009

A recent blog post by Matt Asay caught our eye here at ActiveState:

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Say Hello World to Workspace

By , May 13, 2009

We're excited to unveil a project we've been working on for months: Workspace.

We call it 'instant infrastructure for managing your software development projects'. It's a web-based tool that helps you manage the software development workflow with tools for:

  • Source code hosting
  • Revision control
  • Feature and issue tracking
  • Project management reporting
  • Communications, like forums, blogs and wikis
Category: announcements

ActiveState sponsors Open Source Bridge

By , May 13, 2009

ActiveState is proud to be a sponsor of Open Source Bridge 2009.

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Better local development with VMs

By , May 10, 2009

I just downloaded and installed Ubuntu Server 9.04 in a VM Image strictly for the purposes of setting up a simple local dev environment on my MacBook. This is the base image, which I want to configure with some useful but general capabilities. The features are: