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Ruby & Python Conference in Poland

By , April 2, 2008

RuPy (Ruby and Python Conference) will take place on April 12–13 in Poznan, Poland. Organized by a GIK (Grupa Informatyczno-Kulturalna) association, this second annual event is dedicated to facilitating the exchange of experiences and knowledge among Central and Eastern European...


RuPy (Ruby and Python Conference)
will take place on April 12–13 in Poznan, Poland.
Organized by a GIK (Grupa Informatyczno-Kulturalna) association, this second annual event is
dedicated to facilitating the exchange of experiences and knowledge among Central and

The Community Site gets Chameleoned!

By , April 1, 2008

We just flicked the switch to turn on the new, unified ActiveState theme system for the ActiveState Community Site. Cache-allowing, you can see the results here.

Spring is in the air...?

By Kendra Penrose, March 28, 2008

Spring is being very clever today in Vancouver - disguising itself as snowflakes! Good thing we have some fresh news. The ActivePerl PPM repository is now available for users running ActivePerl 5.10 on Windows x64 (64-bit) systems. In addition to...

Spring is being very clever today in Vancouver - disguising itself as snowflakes! Good thing we have some fresh news.

The
ActivePerl PPM repository is now available for users running ActivePerl 5.10 on Windows x64 (64-bit)
systems.

TODO helper update

By Todd Whiteman, March 27, 2008

The todo helper extension, useful for finding those todo markers inside your source files has now been updated to work in conjunction with the new "Find in Project" functionality brought in by Komodo 4.3.

You can find the extension here:
http://community.activestate.com/forum/todo-extension

Special thanks to Renato Rodrigues (RRaver) for making some great contributions to this open source extension!

Get with the flow

By , March 27, 2008

Recently I gave a talk at the PHP Conference which centered around strategies for implementing multi-media / RIA like features in web applications using open web standards as much as possible. One of the key points of this was:

How to Remove a Stubborn MSI

By , March 26, 2008

Disclaimer: I'm not an expert at the Windows Installer technology, but this solution should be safer than mucking with registry entries and private files. Maybe you shouldn't try this at home, but it worked for me. Windows Installer is close...

Disclaimer:  I'm not an expert at the Windows Installer technology, but this solution should be safer than mucking with registry entries and private files.  Maybe you shouldn't try this at home, but it worked for me.

Presentation Tip: Haml Rocks!

By , March 25, 2008

2008 is the year of the talk for me. Next week I'll be speaking on OpenKomodo and Ruby in Scandinavia. Later this spring I'll be giving some tips on speeding up Ajax code at the Vancouver OpenWeb conference, and I'll...

2008 is the year of the talk for me.

Namspaces please

By , March 24, 2008

Last week I saw a forum post that tweaked my curiosity:

"Incompatibility between SQLite Manager and Source Tree extensions"

New white paper published online

By Kendra Penrose, March 24, 2008

Our latest white paper is available for download, "Open Source: What is the Total Cost of Ownership?" In summary: In 2005, Scott McNeely of Sun Microsystems quipped that open source software was "free like a puppy is free". Just as...

Our latest white paper is available for download, "Open Source: What is the Total Cost of Ownership?"

In summary:

In 2005, Scott McNeely of Sun Microsystems quipped that open source software
was "free like a puppy is free". Just as you can pick out a puppy from the

Springtime on the speaking circuit: Denmark, Norway, and Open Komodo

By , March 20, 2008

In less than two weeks I'll be speaking at the Scandinavian Ruby Fools conferences on two aspects of Komodo. The first is the specific Ruby- and Rails-related features in it -- after all, this is a Ruby conference.