ActiveState Partners with Japan Perl Association – Widespread Usage and Popularity of Perl in Japan Cited

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – October 15, 2010 – ActiveState, the dynamic language experts offering solutions for Perl, Python, and Tcl, announced today that the company has become a Gold Sponsor of the Japan Perl Association. As part of this sponsorship, ActiveState will be a Gold Sponsor of the YAPC::Asia event (October 15 – 16, 2010) in Tokyo, Japan. ActiveState is known for its popular enterprise-grade ActivePerl distribution, and earlier this year released a new Perl Dev Kit and Perl IDE (Komodo), providing essential tools for building and deploying Perl applications.

“We are an enthusiastic supporter of the Perl community in Japan. Perl usage continues to increase as we see higher downloads from developers in both small and large enterprises in Japan,” said Bart Copeland, President & CEO at ActiveState. “We look forward to partnering with Japan Perl Association in its endeavors to educate and promote Perl use in their country.”

“Perl is very well known in Japan and has been popular for years. We welcome ActiveState’s strong support,” said Daisuke Maki, Head Director, Japan Perl Association, and one of the YAPC::Asia organizers. “We are pleased to have the industry’s leading commercial provider of Perl – ActiveState – support our market.”

About ActiveState PDK

The ActiveState Perl Dev Kit (PDK) provides essential tools for building and deploying Perl applications. PDK enables cross-platform application building, tools to speed development and improve code quality, and supports Perl 5.8, Perl 5.10 and now the new Perl 5.12.

About ActivePerl

ActivePerl is the commercial-grade Perl distribution used by millions of developers around the world for easy Perl installation and quality-assured code. Whether using Perl for mission-critical applications or open source projects, ActivePerl offers worry-free implementation and significant time savings over open source Perl for installing, removing, upgrading, and managing common Perl modules. ActivePerl comes precompiled for out-of- the-box installation and includes core Perl, popular modules, the Perl Package Manager (PPM) and complete documentation.

ActivePerl is available in four editions to suit the needs of customers: Business Edition for small deployments of Perl, Enterprise Edition for enterprise-wide implementations, OEM for re-distributed applications, and Community Edition free for community developers.

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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