Insights on Code, the Cloud, and More

Yet Another Book Review of Intellectual Property and Open Source

By Eric Promislow, June 15, 2010

No, we aren't rerunning blog posts during the summer. We published a review by Romuald Restout of this book last January. It's worth reading, but I hadn't paid much attention to it, as it didn't seem to me that he was working in the trenches of consuming and creating open-source software.

Category: open source

Celebrate the launch of our new brand and new site with great savings and great prizes

By Sheila Louis, June 8, 2010

New Site. New Sale. Great Prizes.To celebrate the launch of our new brand and new site, we're offering spectactular savings on all of our products through June 30th. Plus, when you order through our online store, you're entered to win some great prizes--including your entire purchase cost back!



Category: promotions

Concurrency in Tcl: Talking Heads

By Andreas Kupries, June 3, 2010

This is the third and last article in the "Concurrency in Tcl" series. The previous postings introduced event handling and threading as possible solutions to the problem of executing several things at the same time, using examples which required basically no communication between the various parts at all.

Category: tcl

Dynamic Language Developers Are Looking To Build Cloud-based Applications in Next Year

By Liliya Apostolova, May 28, 2010

Last week, we announced the results of an informal survey of over 140 developers, architects and managers and got some good insights into how and when enterprise developers are planning to deploy cloud applications.  

The survey found:

Top 5 Software Tools For Getting the C-Suite Job Done

By Bart Copeland, May 27, 2010

c-suiteAs the CEO of ActiveState, and similar to many others in the technology industry, I rely on my computer a lot. Of course, everyone uses different apps and tools depending on their job.  For example, the software tools used by developers here at ActiveState are very different from the software tools used by folks like me in the C-suite.

Category: open source

June Vancouver Python User Group (VanPyZ) Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at ActiveState

By Trent Mick, May 26, 2010

We are hosting the June VanPyZ meeting at ActiveState this coming Tuesday evening. Details:


Andy McKay: Using SMS in the Developing World

RapidSMS is an open source project for messaging, data collection and co-ordination over SMS. It’s used throughout the world for a variety of projects, from fighting child malnutrition and malaria to monitoring elections.

"Must-Have" Python Packages for Finance Survey

By Liliya Apostolova, May 20, 2010

Recently the US Securities and Exchange Commission issued a proposal that, in addition to the English narratives, Asset-backed securities issuers also file a Python computer program to document the flow of funds (or waterfall) provisions of the transaction.

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


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