ActiveState Blog

  • Under the Hood: Komodo X and Chrome Debugging

    It is easy to take for granted Komodo IDE's superb debugging support. Komodo excels at debugging common scripting languages like Perl, Python, Tcl, and Ruby. It can also debug PHP, Node.js, and XSLT. With Komodo X, the debugger supports an all new target: Google Chrome. What is the secret to Komodo's debugging prowess, and how does Komodo communicate with such an unorthodox target as Chrome? Read on to find out!

  • Komodo Extreme Makeover

    If you installed Komodo X recently and you were not one of the users who participated in the Beta release phase then when you opened Komodo you might have thought you downloaded the wrong program (Chess any one?). But you didn't. Komodo's User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) received a huge amount of attention.

  • 10 Komodo Features Web Developers Will Love

    Komodo IDE X adds a ton of new features, many of which targeted at web developers. We realize that while not everyone may consider themselves a web developer, most developers these days will be using web technologies to some degree.

    Let's have a look at the top 10 features a web developer will care about (counting down from number 10). Clickbait title aside, I promise this is worth the read (and it's not like we're putting each item behind another page view, sigh).

  • How We Made Komodo X Even Faster

    Komodo has always been a very fast IDE. So much so that combined with its minimalistic UI many users tend to confuse Komodo IDE with an editor. Of course Komodo is an editor too, but to call it just an editor would be doing it a disservice.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Komodo X Released - It's 10X Better

    The moment is finally here, Komodo X (10) is released and it's like 10 times better! The pun sounded so horrible when I came up with it, I just had to use it. But it really is a LOT better. We have put a ton of focus on the general user experience and performance of Komodo, while also working on significant new features such as Chrome Debugging, Gulp, Grunt, Cordova and PhoneGap integration, and many more interesting new features and enhancements.

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