ActiveState Blog

  • What’s Up Perl?

    Recently, Tom Radcliffe (ActiveState Director of Engineering) and Jason McIntosh, co-author of the O’Reily book “Perl & XML,” did a webinar about all things Perl. They wanted to talk about the origins of Perl, why it had become so invisible in recent years and where it was heading.

  • Getting Exposure for Your Open Source Project
    Getting Exposure for Your Open Source Project

    With so many great open source projects spreading like wildfire, it is a great time to be a developer! I spend a considerable amount of time looking for great ideas across the open source community. For me, I'm always searching for modules we might include in our distributions, projects that could be enhanced and commercialized, or even crossovers into other areas for innovations. If something really resonates with our business we will apply resources to furthering that project.

  • The Perl Paradox

    Our Director of Engineering, Tom Radcliffe, recently presented a talk at YAPC North America titled “The Perl Paradox.” This concept refers to the fact that Perl has become virtually invisible in recent years while remaining one of the most important and critical modern programming languages. Little, if any, media attention has been paid to it, despite being ubiquitous in the backrooms of the enterprise.

  • Long-time Perl Hacker Webinar: Q&A
    Perl Hacker Webinar Q&A

    Recently, Jason McIntosh, co-author of “Perl & XML,” and I did a webinar about all things Perl. We wanted to explore the concept of a “Perl Renaissance” and talk about where Perl is headed in the future. It was a great chat and we received many more questions than we could answer in the allotted time. I thought I would respond to them here so that everyone can see the answers.

    You can access the webinar at this link

  • Technical Debt in High Tech - A CEO's Perspective
    Technical Debt CEOs Perspective

    Recall in a blog last year, I discussed the goals of what's next for ActiveState. At that time we had recently sold the Stackato business to HP and our plan was (and is) to focus on our existing commercial language distributions and developer tools business.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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:

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