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Python: The Programmer's Lingua Franca

Python: The Programmer's Lingua Franca

There are thousands of programming languages, but even if your organization works in one of the more popular languages, it's likely you will eventually interact with others who are unfamiliar with it. Since you can't be proficient in every programming language under the sun, a language that bridges technologies and allows people to communicate their ideas is needed.

A few programming languages have tried to fill this role over the years, but none holds as much promise as Python.

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Leverage the Cloud for Perl and Python Applications

Leverage the Cloud for Perl and Python Applications

Historically, moving your applications to the cloud meant making changes to your code in order for it to work in that new space. That has often meant scrapping perfectly good code and starting from scratch—but moving applications to the cloud is getting a lot easier, and there are several good business reasons to do so. Find out how Stackato offers a simple way to deploy your apps to the cloud in 15 minutes or less.

A few programming languages have tried to fill this role over the years, but none holds as much promise as Python.

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Quality Ingredients for Software Development

Quality Ingredients for Software Development

Spending time, resources and money "reinventing the wheel" is not a wise business choice, yet many companies find that they are doing just that. When it comes to software development, rely on pre-built and proven dynamic scripting languages ActivePerl, ActivePython and ActiveTcl to give your team time to focus on core competencies and value-add. Shorten your development cycle, increase efficiency, and shorten your time to market - all while relying on the industry's best language distributions.

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OS-Independent Interpreters: Preventing Incompatibility Using Cross-Platform Language Distributions

OS-Independent Interpreters: Preventing Incompatibility Using Cross-Platform Language Distributions

IT departments standardize systems and procedures, and for good reason. Standardization makes for efficient rolling out updates and security patches, installing software, and providing user support.  However, programs requiring an interpreter run (i.e. dynamic languages like Perl, Python, Tcl, Ruby and PHP) are often exempted from this standardization. Such programs are often set up in an ad-hoc fashion, sometimes leading to dire consequences that could cost your company time, money and resources. What are your options?

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Buy vs Build: Delivering Faster, Better Software

Buy vs Build: Delivering Faster, Better Software

Everyone loves home improvement reality TV, especially high-drama episodes where construction newbies attempt risky renovations. For many of us, “DIY” is synonymous with demolition; but it’s also relevant to software development. In this paper, we discuss the risks of do-it-yourself software development and make a case for why OEM solutions are a better choice for building applications.

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Expert Tips for Integrating Large-Scale Databases with Perl and Python

Expert Tips for Integrating Large-Scale Databases with Perl and Python

Organizations depending on large-scale databases to manage large data sets need well-tested, well-supported solutions to manage and massage their data. Perl or Python coupled with a mature relational database is often your best solution in terms of cost, stability, and usability.

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The True Cost of Open Source Software

The True Cost of Open Source Software

What is the total cost of ownership of open source? Why is open source so popular? What do I need to know to assess ROI on open source?

If you've ever heard or asked yourself these questions and you wished you had a comprehensive guide to give you the answers you are looking for, you'll find this white paper very informative.

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Avoiding the Epic Fail: Improving Software Development Success with ActivePerl

Avoiding the Epic Fail: Improving Software Development Success with ActivePerl

Software development is hard.  No matter what the end product, many of the same stumbling blocks come up time and again and get in the way of project success. Some classic pitfalls include time restraints, insufficient in-house resources, scope creep, and spiraling development costs.

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Ten Myths About Running Open Source Software in Your Business

Ten Myths About Running Open Source Software in Your Business

When it comes to open source software, there are two camps: there are open source zealots who insist that Windows never works, and Linux is king, and then there are the naysayers who would sooner eat dirt than troubleshoot an Apache web server. So, who is right?

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Take the Sting Out of Web Development With ActivePython

Take the Sting Out of Web Development With ActivePython

The wonderful world of Web 2.0 is evident everywhere in our daily digital lives. Web development technologies like JavaScript, Ajax, Flash and Flex are dramatically improving web application design and have catapulted database. What does this mean for software development?

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License to Code: Indemnifying Your Business Against Open Source Licensing Liabilities

License to Code: Indemnifying Your Business Against Open Source Licensing Liabilities

Not long ago, open source software in the enterprise was a contentious topic. Conference panels and industry experts questioned the integrity of mixing open source with commercial and proprietary code. Would it unlock a pandora's box of developer pain and sub-par software?

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Follow the Leader: ActiveTcl on Routers and Network Appliances

Follow the Leader: ActiveTcl on Routers and Network Appliances

The network infrastructure sector is a competitive space. Router and network appliance manufacturers are faced with the challenge of providing rock-solid hardware while making sure their devices are flexible and configurable enough to meet a wide range of user needs.

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Open Source: What is the Total Cost of Ownership?

Open Source: What is the Total Cost of Ownership?

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 pound without paying expensive breeder fees, you can download and use open source software without buying a single license. But puppies become dogs, and dogs need food, toys, training and lots and lots of love. The same goes for open source software.

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Is Outsourcing the Answer in an Economic Downturn?

Is Outsourcing the Answer in an Economic Downturn?

Is the finance sector's renewed vigor for outsourcing just a temporary cost-cutting measure? Or will today's tough economic climate initiate long-term financial and productivity gains?

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Unveiling the Origins, Myths, Use and Benefits of Dynamic Languages: A Closer Look at Perl, Python, Tcl, and others

Unveiling the Origins, Myths, Use and Benefits of Dynamic Languages: A Closer Look at Perl, Python, Tcl, and others

Over 57% of enterprises today use open source programming languages like Perl, Python and PHP based on a recent Forrester survey. Why are these languages becoming so prevalent?

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