Insights on Code, the Cloud, and More

Freedom vs. Cost Savings

By Kendra Penrose, June 17, 2009

Another gem from Matt Asay on his blog The Open Road today.

He discusses how for a long time the message behind why companies should adopt open source was to break free from dreaded vendor lock-ins, or as he puts it "Stop feeding your firstborn sons to the beast in Redmond!" Instead, more companies realize that choosing open source (and third party support) also reduces costs and increases IT efficiency. Sounds great, huh?

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Spectacular Summer Savings on ActiveState Developer Tools

By Sheila Louis, June 9, 2009

Summer's here and what better way to celebrate than with a sale?

We're offering $50 off all new license purchases! Part of a small team? Save even more on our 5-packs!

ActiveState sponsors Open Web Vancouver 2009

By , June 8, 2009

ActiveState is proud to be a sponsor of Open Web Vancouver 2009, a conference showcasing open source technologies, communities and culture. It takes place June 11-12 at the brand new Vancouver Convention and Exhibit Centre in beautiful British Columbia.

Extremely affordable in comparison with other major conferences, the community-based, volunteer-run program attracts audiences from all over the world and features the biggest names in open web-related topics and technologies.

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pleasant things work better

By Trent Mick, June 5, 2009

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

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


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 [...]


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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