ActiveState Platform Adds New Features to Save Months of Developer Time

New functionality helps Python contributors, maintainers and users

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – March 27, 2019 – ActiveState today announced enhancements to its ActiveState Platform, a SaaS offering, benefiting contributors, maintainers and users facing challenges with Python and other open source languages.

The new features will give ActiveState Platform account holders the flexibility to fork an existing language distribution and install it into a virtual environment. Developers eliminate wasted cycles and engineering teams increase velocity and productivity.

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With forking functionality, developers have the flexibility to add or remove packages to an ActiveState language build or one built and shared with them through the Platform. Developers can tailor the build for specific needs, increase performance and decrease attack surface area.

Users also can access the most current package and language versions of ActivePython, ActivePerl and ActiveTcl, fork a copy as their own, and be notified of updates. This enables standard and up-to-date builds.

The ActiveState Platform eliminates wasted cycles and provides certainty of reproducibility across teams. The new capabilities, currently in beta, are available to existing customers as part of their subscription. Account types range from Community (free) to Enterprise (custom pricing). The ability to add or remove packages in ActiveState’s vetted builds is first provided for ActivePython 3.6 Linux. An inventory of over 400 vetted Python packages is available.

Create a free account to try out the beta functionality here and fork ActivePython 3.6 for Linux here.

The new functionality builds on ActiveState Platform’s existing capabilities including automatic builds for Python languages with automatic dependency resolution and integrated Python runtime vulnerability reporting.

Bart Copeland, CEO, ActiveState, said: “The new functionality in the ActiveState Platform underscores our intent to solve challenges with polyglot environments. It gives users accelerated build times and more visibility. We’re passionate about making things easy for the developer – that’s our company’s holy grail.”

About ActiveState
ActiveState helps enterprises scale securely with open source languages and gives developers the kinds of tools they love to use. More than 2 million developers and 97 percent of Fortune 1,000 enterprises use ActiveState to support mission-critical systems and speed up software development while enhancing oversight and increasing quality.


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