ActiveState & O’Reilly Deepen Partnership

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – March 24, 2003 – ActiveState Corp. and O'Reilly & Associates today announced the launch of Safari Bookshelf, a leading technical reference library, now accessible within the redesigned ActiveState Programmer Network (ASPN) website. Safari is available with ActiveState's ASPN Perl and ASPN Tcl programming bundles, adding a broad range of online books to the only comprehensive collections of Perl and Tcl tools and resources.

ASPN Perl and ASPN Tcl equip programmers with professional tools and a wealth of technical content such as: code archives, news feeds, mailing lists, cookbook recipes, and now Safari Bookshelf, all integrated within a centralized online, searchable repository.

Safari Books Online is a joint venture between the industry's leading IT publishers The Pearson Technology Group and O'Reilly & Associates. Safari Bookshelf is a fully searchable electronic reference library that houses the full text of more than 1,300 leading technical books from O'Reilly, Addison-Wesley, New Riders and many other trusted publishers. Users can drill down into the exact chapter and section of a book to quickly pinpoint examples and code samples just as they appear in the printed book.

"ActiveState's industrial-strength programming software and Safari's deep technical library are a potent combination for working developers who need information as they code," said Tim O'Reilly, CEO of O'Reilly & Associates. "The ASPN bundles are like a specialized Google for Perl and Tcl developers."

"As a resident Safari fan, I can see how the seamless integration of Safari's extensive technical content within the revamped ASPN will provide a big leg up for programmers," said Gurusamy Sarathy, Senior Developer, ActiveState. "Members can now bookmark and annotate this content, even cut-and-paste the code directly into their programs, saving time and significantly improving their ability to whip up code that works. Safari gives a whole new meaning to writing code by the book."

"I've been hooked on the tools in ASPN Perl for a couple years, using Komodo to develop financial information processing systems and to wrangle ugly chunks of code," said Eric Gjerde, IT Manager, Northland Securities, Inc. "ASPN Perl was already a great source of information, and Safari Bookshelf makes it even more valuable, saving me money and hassle. The powerful search capabilities and integration with the ASPN site are a huge help in my work."

Safari upgrades are available free of charge to recent ASPN Perl and ASPN Tcl customers. Licenses for ASPN Perl and ASPN Tcl are $495. Additional information, free 21-day trial licenses, and educational licenses are at

About ActiveState Corp.
ActiveState is the leading provider of software solutions that increase developer productivity and organizational efficiency through the innovative use of open source technology. Additional information on ActiveState's industrial strength anti-spam software for enterprises and programming tools for open source language developers is available at:

About Safari Books Online
Safari Books Online is a joint venture between the industry's leading technical publishers, O'Reilly & Associates, Inc., and The Pearson Technology Group. Safari's flagship service, Safari Tech Books Online, is the premier electronic reference library for programming and IT departments. Unlike an online bookstore, Safari is a fully searchable database of the electronic versions of books from O'Reilly & Associates and Pearson's many imprints: Addison-Wesley Professional, Adobe Press, Cisco Press, Macromedia Press, New Riders, Peachpit Press, Prentice Hall PTR, Sun Microsystems Press, Que and Sams. Microsoft Press titles are also available. Safari's portfolio includes two additional electronic reference libraries: Safari Bookshelf for the individual technologist and Safari HelpDesk Online for knowledge workers. For more information call Safari Books Online at (617) 848-7025 or visit the company's Web site at

Media & Analyst Inquiries:

Lori Pike, ActiveState

Sara Winge, O'Reilly & Associates

ActiveState, ASPN, ASPN Perl, and ASPN Tcl are trademarks of ActiveState Corp. All other company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright ActiveState Corporation 2003.

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