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ActiveState Releases ActivePython 2.6.5.12 and ActivePython 3.1.2.3

By Sridhar Ratnakumar, March 25, 2010

After the core Python release team released Python 2.6.5 and 3.1.2 this past weekend, the Python team at ActiveState was hard at work to deliver the corresponding ActivePython release as soon as possible.

We are pleased to announce the availability of both ActivePython 2.6.5.12 and ActivePython 3.1.2.3.

Without much further ado, here is what you should know about these two releases:

What makes a good enterprise cryptography toolkit

By Mike Ivanov, March 24, 2010

Not only does having the right API reduce learning time, it also relieves the development community of the need to have certain debates: design discussions that would have spawned long and contentious mailing list threads simply do not come up. That may not be quite the same thing as pure technical or aesthetic beauty, but in a project with many participants and a constant turnover rate, it's a beauty you can use.

Beautiful Code, Chapter Two, p.28

Category: ActiveBlog, python

Our favorite Komodo IDE add-ons

By Todd Whiteman, March 23, 2010

Komodo Extensions - Top Picks

There are many great add-ons that have been written to extend Komodo, providing a slew of new features and functionality. You can use Komodo's Tools -> Add-ons menu to launch the add-on dialog, then search for and install new Komodo extensions like the ones listed below.

Top 10 Quotes from OSBC 2010 and What It Means for Open Source Developers

By Angie Hirata, March 22, 2010

After meeting with and sitting in on speaker sessions at OSBC 2010, here are the top quotes we heard – from speakers, audience participants, and other contacts. And what to take away from it. (Some identities have been protected.)

#1

Category: open source

50% of developers concerned about open source redistribution rights

By Liliya Apostolova, March 18, 2010

A couple of months ago, we commented on the Dr. Dobbs article What Developers Think, written by Jeffrey Hammond, Research Analyst for Forrester Research which concluded developers often use open source without their manager's approval.

Our March developer poll generated some interesting results showing that developers, managers and architects are all concerned with the proper licensing of open source for externally distributed applications.

The top ten list of productivity boosters for programmers

By Troy Topnik, March 16, 2010

A very, very useful question came up on stackoverflow a couple of weeks ago:

"As a programmer what single discovery has given you the greatest boost in productivity?"

Category: ActiveBlog

New Poll Results: Top 2 Reasons Enterprise Developers Use Dynamic Languages

By Liliya Apostolova, March 15, 2010

Today we are announcing the results of an informal survey of enterprise software architects and developers that found developers benefit greatly from dynamic languages for two main reasons:

Mission-critical vs. Business-critical applications: HUH?

By Bart Copeland, March 15, 2010

Power vs Cell

Category: open source

ActiveState Top Picks for OSBC 2010

By Angie Hirata, March 11, 2010

As OSBC is approaching, my team and I are busy preparing for the event, to make the most of our time and investment there.

Top PicksHere are our top picks for sessions we'll be attending:

Category: ActiveBlog, open source

The Best Guide to Programming with Perl

By Sheila Louis, March 10, 2010

We reviewed Beautiful Code by Wilson and Oram earlier this week, so we wanted to do a review of a book that we recommend specifically for Perl programmers--given that we have some pretty serious Perl programmers on staff. The book most recommended is Programming Perl, 3rd Edition by Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen and Jon Orwant.

Category: ActiveBlog, perl