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A Small Simple App

By Phil Whelan, May 15, 2013

A Small Simple App

This is a fictional story, based in reality.

It sounds as if the idea I have will work. Feedback has been good, and I did not get slammed on Hacker News. There's a nice flow of people signing up on the landing page, so I think I should be able to get a few people kicking the tires as soon as I have something live.

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From DevOps to Private PaaS: Bridging the Divide

By Isabelle Groc, May 10, 2013

Interviewed by Cloudcast's Aaron Delp, Bart Copeland and John Wetherill engaged in a lively discussion on how developers are adopting DevOps models and how polyglot PaaS technologies are deployed in the enterprise.

Quickly Install WordPress Using Stackato PaaS

By Phil Whelan, May 9, 2013

Quickly Install WordPress Using Stackato PaaS

One of my favorite features of Stackato is the App Store. It contains many commonly used Open Source products just waiting to be installed with a few clicks of the mouse.

WordPress is one of these apps, and I took a quick screencast to demonstrate just how quick it is.

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Adopt a Komodo: Help Conservation Efforts this Spring with Komodo IDE

By Michael Kanasoot, May 8, 2013

This month, ActiveState is running a Komodo IDE fundraiser. $50 of each license sold of Komodo IDE or ActivePerl/Tcl Pro Studio will go towards efforts for the conservation of endangered species such as the Komodo Dragon.

As a thank you gift, each customer will receive a gift bag containing an official certificate and an awesome Komodo plushie!


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Upholding the Open Web with PaaS: An Interview with Mozilla’s Chris Turra

By Isabelle Groc, May 3, 2013

Just a few blocks away from ActiveState’s office in downtown Vancouver, Mozilla web operations engineer Chris Turra is working hard to fulfill his organization’s mission to keep the web open.

On Manufacturing, DevOps, and The Phoenix Project: How Private PaaS is the Shortcut to Streamlined IT

By Bart Copeland, May 1, 2013

Long before I became ActiveState’s CEO and involved in software, I started my career as a manufacturing engineer in a production plant building electronic devices. My role was to find ways to streamline the manufacturing process, minimize defects, reduce costs, shorten the time it took to obtain raw goods, build the product, reduce inventory (both raw goods and WIP) and get it out of the door to market in the most efficient manner possible.

The Elusiveness of DevOps

By Phil Whelan, April 25, 2013

The Elusiveness of DevOps

At ActiveState, we have always been focused on software developers, especially those that use dynamic languages such as Perl, Python, Ruby, and Tcl. The past few years building Stackato, our private Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), has led us to deal more with IT departments, while maintaining a close relationship with developers.

Bart on OpenStack: The Train has Left the Station

By Bart Copeland, April 23, 2013

I travelled to Portland last week for the OpenStack Summit, a four-day conference that brought together over 3,000 developers, users, and administrators of OpenStack Cloud Software.

What I did for Last Week’s Hackathon

By Matthew Fisher, April 19, 2013

Elastic SearchLast week was a pretty exciting week at ActiveState HQ. Following the release of Stackato 2.10, Komodo 8.0.1, and having a conference-free week, we decided that it was time for another Hackathon!

Logyard: The Why and How of Stackato's Logging System

By Sridhar Ratnakumar, April 18, 2013



Early on in the development of Stackato, we recognized that good logging features would be critical to developers and administrators. We also knew that we didn't want to reinvent the wheel, and made the intentional decision not to build log analysis and aggregation tools into the product itself.

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