ActiveState Emphasizes Key Enterprise Programming Issues, Adds Python Modules for GUI Development, Database Connectivity and Cryptography

Vancouver, BC – September 1, 2010 – ActiveState, the dynamic language experts offering solutions for Perl, Python, and Tcl, is adding key Python open source packages to its ActivePython Business, Enterprise, and OEM Editions specifically to help enterprise developers. Python modules have been added for Graphical User Interface (GUI) development, secure connections with a wider range of proprietary and open source databases and incorporation of core cryptographic capabilities to ensure secure, authenticated connections to databases, servers and web services. The newly released modules include M2Crytpo, PyQt, wxPython, popular database connectors for PostgreSQL, MySQL pyODBC and well known proprietary databases. In sum, these additions provide enterprise developers with highly popular, widely used modules for securely extending and enhancing Python development projects in the enterprise and across the cloud.

Python is used in thousands of real-world business applications around the world, including many mission critical enterprise systems. Highly extensible, Python has extensive standard libraries and third party modules for virtually every enterprise task.

“Adding these key cryptographic and database modules to our ActivePython Business and Enterprise Editions extends ActiveState’s world-class support coverage to these key areas. This makes it even easier for enterprise customers to rapidly install, build and deploy enterprise-class applications that require secure access to their enterprise data whether they are storing it on the cloud or behind firewalls.” said Diane Mueller “Along with the GUI toolkits — PyQT & wxpython — python developers will now find everything they need to create the intuitive and inviting interfaces that today’s customers demand.”

More GUI Toolkits

PyQt and wxPython are two of the most popular GUI Toolkits in the Python developer community. PyQt is a blending of Python programming language and the successful Qt library and is extremely useful as a rapid prototyping tool for applications. PyQt implements around 300 classes and over 5,750 functions and methods. Along with wxPython builds for Windows 32/64, and Tkinter available on all supported platforms – ActivePython has developers’ GUI needs covered.

Databases (MySQL, PostgreSQL, ODBC and Well Known Proprietary Databases)

Although commercial databases are widely used, open source databases like MySQL and PostgreSQL have gained significant mindshare and marketshare, especially with small- to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs). ActivePython now includes key Python packages to connect to these popular databases: mysql-python, psycopg2, cx_Oracle, pyodbc, and pymssql.

Cryptography (M2Crypto and OpenSSL)

In today’s networked world, M2Crypto is one of the primary Python tools for providing security and is the most complete Python wrapper for OpenSSL. OpenSSL is a cryptographic library that provides implementations of the industry’s best-regarded algorithms including encryption algorithms such as 3DES (“triple DES”), AES and RSA, as well as message digest algorithms and message authentication codes.

ActivePython Business and Enterprise Editions include service level guarantees to support business-critical systems. Using Python in the enterprise has never been so safe and so easy. Comprehensive licensing agreements through ActiveState’s OEM Edition let you redistribute ActivePython and your required modules worry-free.

About ActiveState

ActiveState is the world leader in enabling companies to develop, manage, and distribute applications with dynamic languages. The company’s products and services for Perl, Python, Tcl and other web languages, are used by over 2 million developers and 97% of the Fortune 1000 to build and run applications from mission-critical to open source projects. ActiveState’s end-to-end solutions include development tools, language distributions, indemnification, OEM solutions, support and other services. With these, customers such as Cisco, CA, HP, Bank of America, Siemens, and Lockheed Martin are able to accelerate productivity, minimize risk, and ensure compliance. Find out more at

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