ActiveState Announces Focus on Dynamic Languages

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – July 26, 2004 – ActiveState, the leading provider of tools and services for dynamic languages such as Perl, PHP, Python, Tcl and XSLT, today announced a major positioning initiative that underscores its commitment to users of open source scripting languages.

The initiative introduces a streamlined product offering built around the company's industry-standard languages distributions, ActivePerl, ActivePython and ActiveTcl. The new line, which encompasses professional tools, support packages and OEM licensing agreements, simplifies product and support decisions for users ranging from individual programmers to large enterprises. In addition, ActiveState has launched a new corporate identity platform, website and tagline—Dynamic Tools for Dynamic Languages.

A new whitepaper by David Ascher, ActiveState's Chief Technologist, expands on the company's vision. The paper, entitled "Dynamic Languages: Ready for the Next Challenges, By Design," updates Tcl creator John Ousterhout's important 1998 piece, "Scripting: Higher-Level Programming for the 21st Century" to identify the unique strengths of these languages in today's IT environment, and highlight their growing importance in effective development strategies.

Says Ascher, "These languages solve real programming challenges, proving themselves both in spite of—and thanks to—their independence from corporate platform strategies. The aim of this paper is to articulate the situations where dynamic languages are highly appropriate, so decision makers, project managers and CIOs have the information they need to make strategic language choices."

Other highlights of the paper include programming language categories and definitions, myths about dynamic languages, and predictions for future opportunities and challenges facing the industry.

For a free copy of the whitepaper, see:

Further supporting the new initiative, today ActiveState also announced the release of Komodo 3.0, its award-winning IDE for dynamic languages. Visit here for information on Komodo IDE.

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