ActiveState Blog

  • Komodo 10.0.1 Released

    We hope everyone has been enjoying Komodo X so far. Today we're releasing our first update, which is focussed entirely on stability and primarily resolves bugs introduced in 10.0.0 as well as a few longer standing issues.

    No software release is perfect, there will always be bugs, but it's worth noting that the release of Komodo X went exceptionally well. It is easily one of our best releases (if not the best one) in recent years. If you've been holding off on taking Komodo X for a test run - now is the perfect time!

    Check below for the full release notes.

  • Perl 5.24: Improved Performance and Security
    ActivePerl 5.24 Improved Performance and Security

    If you're one of the millions of ActivePerl downloaders who want the support we provide in our Perl distribution, ActivePerl 5.24 is now available,with lots of new features and fairings. A feature is something added to a program. A fairing is something that makes it easier to use, smoother, more streamlined.

  • Komodo X Webinar: Questions and Answers

    On June 6, 2016 at 10 am PDT, NathanR and myself (CareyH) introduced Komodo X to the world (just under 100 people…) in a live webcast. Our goal was to show off some of the new features in action and let people ask questions about what they heard, saw, or wanted to see.

    To ensure that everyone, not just people who were able to attend the webinar, would benefit from the webcast, I wrote a blog to answer all the questions asked during the cast. This is that blog.

    1. When and where can I find the recorded webinar presentation?

  • An Interview with a Perl Hacker

    Perl is invisible—like the air. Those are some commonly heard refrains when people talk about Perl. It’s been around for so long, doing such a good job holding together the internet, that we don’t even notice it’s there. But here at ActiveState, we are in a unique position as both the creator of the first Perl for Windows distribution and as the leading supplier of Enterprise Perl solutions. While everyone else is neglecting Perl, our Perl business is vibrant, alive, and growing.

  • Top 11 Tips and Tricks for Komodo X

    I would like to start this post by thanking those of you who have mild to severe OCD and yet still clicked our provocative title.

    I realized while writing another blog post that we hadn’t written a Komodo Tips and Tricks post for over 3 years. A LOT has changed in Komodo in those 36+ months. 12383 commits, 1326 bug fixes, 4518 files changed, 809797 insertions and 721068 deletions (Hey thanks Git log and diff stats!). With the release of Komodo X, now seemed like a great time for some updated tricks!

  • Perl Survey 2016

    Earlier this year we sent out an on-line survey to our ActivePerl downloaders. A little over 350 users responded and shared insights into how long they've been using Perl as well as how they are using it. While some results were expected (such as over half of those respondents being in a developer role), one of the more unexpected results that caught our eye was how long people had been using Perl.

  • 5 Reasons to use an IDE Instead of an Editor

    The word editor and IDE (integrated development environments) are often mistakenly used interchangeably. However, there are some big differences between the two. The extra functionality you get with an IDE can provide significant time savings, reduce context switching and make coding much easier for you.

    Here are just five (the list is long) important differences why editor users should consider an IDE:

    1) Debugging

  • Open Source: Great Power Comes With Great Responsibility
    Open Source: Great Power and Great Responsibility

    The recently completed Future of Open Source survey by North Bridge and Black Duck continues to highlight the incredible strength of open source software and its inherent risks. After completing the survey earlier this year, I was waiting with much anticipation for the results. It is one of several industry markers that provides me with interesting insights.

  • How to Prevent IT Disasters with Off-the-Shelf Solutions
    How to Prevent IT Disasters with Off-the-Shelf Solutions

    Large software projects are like catnip to corporations and governments. There’s something irresistible to them about wanting to create and build a system, perfectly customized and tailored to their needs and uses. Despite billions wasted, deadlines blown, and huge PR nightmares - companies keep pushing forward thinking theirs will be the project that defies expectations.

    And there’s been some very public and very large disasters all along the way:

  • Chrome Debugging in Komodo X, Code and Debug in One Place

    Let me set the stage: You are a web developer. You spend many hours a week writing javascript, running javascript and debugging javascript. You're very adept at it, you write your code, fire up a web server and point Chrome at it. Then you use Chrome's powerful web developer tools to inspect and debug your code.