Update May 17, 2017: Python packages NumPy, SciPy, and Matplotlib are now optimized with Intel's Math Kernel Library for better performance in the current release of ActivePython. Test out the latest enhancements--download ActivePython 2.7 or 3.5 Community Edition.
After the core Python release team released Python 2.6.5 and 3.1.2 this past weekend, the Python team at ActiveState was hard at work to deliver the corresponding ActivePython release as soon as possible.
We are pleased to announce the availability of both ActivePython 22.214.171.124 and ActivePython 126.96.36.199.
Without much further ado, here is what you should know about these two releases:
Not only does having the right API reduce learning time, it also relieves the development community of the need to have certain debates: design discussions that would have spawned long and contentious mailing list threads simply do not come up. That may not be quite the same thing as pure technical or aesthetic beauty, but in a project with many participants and a constant turnover rate, it's a beauty you can use.Beautiful Code, Chapter Two, p.28
There is a lot of interest in doing cryptography using Python these days which has resulted in quite an impressive number of cryptography related Python modules out there. PyPI package index alone has about 50 'cryptography'-tagged entries.
Unfortunately, the quality and scope of those packages, well, varies. So instead of putting together a list of All The Crypo Stuff Out There, I tried to discover cryptography toolkits an enterprise Python developer could be interested in.
Much has been said in our inner open source circles about the cost of open source. But now, people outside the inner circle are understanding the value and costs associated with open source. Open source software bits are generally freely available for download, so the acquisition costs are low. But like any software project (open source or commercial), there are still costs with support, training, and maintenance.
They say there's no such thing as a free lunch. Well, ActiveState has been giving away ActivePerl, ActivePython and ActiveTcl builds for years, and it's been good for us and for the open source language community. We're going to keep doing that, but we're no longer going to be offering all the old versions for download.