ActiveState Blog

  • Creating a Reverse Lookup Table for OTRS with ActivePerl

    Occasionally our customer service team wants to find the ticket that is related to a filename that was attached to an email that went through OTRS Free (the system we use to manage our customer-facing support tickets). As to be expected, we've accumulated a lot of tickets and a number of these include attachments and currently reverse lookup by attachment is not a feature in OTRS Free. We didn't want to modify OTRS and complicate future upgrades, so we decided to create a separate web UI to run an attachment search.

  • Filling the Gap with Commandline Integration - PhoneGap, Cordova, Grunt, Gulp

    Something that has always been part of the Komodo design philosophy has been integration. Though Komodo should provide tooling to make our users more productive, it should NOT try to do EVERYTHING. Integration, not imitation, is the key.

  • 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.

  • First Start Wizard

    If you've never run Komodo before or if this is the first time you're running a major version (eg. you were using Komodo 9.3 and have just upgraded to Komodo X), then Komodo will show you the First Start Wizard as it loads. This dialog allows you to configure global formatting and various other settings, including the overall look and feel of the Komodo UI.

    Some of the notable settings include: - Color Scheme (with preview) - Key binding set (includes other editor sets) - Indentation width - Show line numbers (why is this turned off in so many editors??)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • 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

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