Jeff Rouse's Blogs

Director of Product Management. 
Jeff is passionate about innovation, entrepreneurship, and building great products. With over 20 years’ of experience in the IT industry, from startups to publicly traded technology firms, Jeff has led development teams and business operations, created products, and taken them to market. Jeff earned his B.Sc. in Computer Science at the University of Calgary where he ignited his long-standing interest in software technology. At ActiveState, Jeff oversees product strategy and innovation across all product lines.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Microsoft is Bourne Again

    Satya Nadella and company in a brilliant stroke of insight have finally brought the power tools the Unix and Linux communities have relied on for decades to the Windows 10 platform. Reportedly this is not just tools that “do something similar” but actual native Ubuntu binaries running directly on Windows 10.


    On our Slack channel the ActiveState Team reacted to the news:

    “HOLY MOLY”

    “Wowza. Rethink required.”

  • Perl - The Secret Workhorse

    Something we’ve been aware of at ActiveState for a long time, but the industry at large doesn’t seem to know, is that Perl is the secret workhorse across several industries. A mission-critical language with decades of development behind it, Perl turns an amazing 30 years old next year. All manner of IT professionals from application developers to DevOps personnel to data scientists and system administrators have it as part of their indispensable toolkit for success.

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