ActiveState Blog

  • Perl: Language, Community, and the Future

    I’ve been talking a lot about Perl this summer but wanted to tackle one more topic that is very important to me and ActiveState: the Perl Community. Every since I joined ActiveState last year, I have been exposed to the Perl community in a way I never was before. I’ve been even more impressed with the passion and commitment of this diverse community and thought I’d share a few thoughts on why I think that the Perl community is so great--and why it’s been integral to keep Perl relevant.

  • Carey in Cascadia(Fest)

    As none of you may know, I had the privilege of attending the CascadiaFest 2016 conference this year, the gathering of people working in software from the Cascade region in the North America as well as people from all over the world. The Cascades is basically that whole area in the Northwest corner of the map extending from British Columbia, Canada down to California that will be under water after "The Big One" shakes things up a bit.

  • Threads Done Right... with Tcl
    Threading done right with Tcl

    I don’t like threads. They are brittle and dangerous... Even when the languages being used have good thread support (Java and Microsoft C++, for example), even when used by senior developers, and even when used for quite simple “fire off this worker thread so the UI will still be live while a long job runs” tasks. I’ve seen them go wrong in too many ways in the hands of good developers with plenty of multi-threading experience.

  • Embedded Applications vs Wrapped Applications

    Have you ever wondered what’s typically most important when it comes to application distribution? Is it app security, stability, license indemnification, no active GPL/GNU in the license, royalty free options, or all of the above? It’s safe to say that most companies want it all, and that’s what they get with ActiveState’s OEM solutions, OEM versions of ActivePerl, ActivePython and ActiveTcl make it really seamless and simple for organizations to create cool and innovative applications, and start shipping without a hassle.

  • Komodo 10.1.1 Released

    Hope everyone is enjoying the changes in 10.1! Virtually the only "real" bug we've seen reported by users was the issue where "Find all" was failing. We released a nightly almost instantly and adjusted our schedule to get a stable release out soon after, and here we are.

    Aside from the "Find all" fix we also addressed some smaller issues. We're also including an experimental fix for random crashes, which is only called "experimental" because we have not been able to verify whether this indeed reduces the number of random crashes due to the nature of the issue.

  • Python vs. C/C++ in Embedded Systems
    Python vs. C/C++ in Embedded Systems

    The C/C++ programming languages dominate embedded systems programming, though they have a number of disadvantages. Python, on the other hand, has many strengths that make it a great language for embedded systems. Let's look at the pros and cons of each, and why you should consider Python for embedded programming.

  • Back to Work: End of Summer Savings
    Back to Work Savings at ActiveState

    We know how hard the end of summer can be—it marks the end of weekends at the lake, visiting friends and family, long roadtrips, and adventure. To soften the blow of heading back to work... It's back!

    Our annual Back to Work sale has returned for the month of September. Save up to $250 when you place an order for new or upgrade licenses this month!

    Take advantage of these great savings before September 30th; just enter the coupons below when you checkout on our store:

  • Tcl Survey 2016

    This summer, we sent out a survey to all our ActiveTcl downloaders and customers. We wanted to gain some insights into how and why people use ActiveTcl. As a result, we’ve created a handy little infographic (at the bottom of this blog) depicting the survey results--but I thought I would share a few highlights in this blog.

  • Onboarding New Developers: Enforcing Standards Through Tutorials
    Onboarding Developers Using Komodo Tutorial Tool

    Getting a new developer up to speed is one of those 80/20 tasks: there is an easy 80% that goes quickly, and a hard 20% that takes longer. The easy part is the big picture: what tools the team uses, where the source is, what the build process involves.

    The hard part is in the details. Coding standards. Preferred practices. How to deal with the inevitable idiosyncratic aspects of any software development process that has been running for more than week.

  • Komodo 10.1 Released - Tutorial Tool, Publishing Improvements and More

    Komodo 10.1 is here! This is a great little release because we spent almost all of it focusing on minor enhancement and bug fixes.

    Head over to our download page to try Komodo 10.1 now. If you're using Komodo 10 already you should be receiving an update soon, though you can also manually download it below.

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