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2 Million Developers Served: We Baked Our Hard-Won Wisdom into Workspace

By , June 25, 2009

More than 2 million developers worldwide use ActiveState products, so we know a thing or two about the software development process. We built Workspace to provide the project management tools every development team needs.

The best tools for the job. Secure hosting trusted by over 1,400 users in the first month. An active community of developers. A feature-rich roadmap. ActiveState on your side.

Sign-up for your free account today. Create a Workspace project before July 15 for a chance to win a Dell Netbook.

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ActiveState makes the SD Times 100 again in 2009

By , June 18, 2009

SD Times 100 2009For the second year running, the Software Development (SD) Times recognizes ActiveState as a leader in tools and IDEs for enterprise developers.

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Ubuntu on a netbook. Nice if you can get it.

By Troy Topnik, June 17, 2009

If you've visited any of the ActiveState sites lately, you've probably seen
that we're giving away a Dell netbook to a lucky Workspace
project owner in about a month.

I'd been looking at getting a netbook for a while, so I looked over
the various ones currently available.

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 4, 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