ActiveState Releases New Perl Dev Kit 9

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – July 13, 2010 – ActiveState, the dynamic language experts offering solutions for Perl, Python, and Tcl, today announced a new Perl Developer Kit (PDK) designed to making it easier for developers to create, build and deploy Perl applications.

ActiveState Perl Dev Kit 9 now includes:

  • Support for the latest version of Perl and ActivePerl 5.12
  • For ActivePerl Business, Enterprise and OEM Edition customers, PDK 9 now gives developers the ability to cross-wrap applications to HP-UX, HP’s UNIX operating system, along with Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris and AIX.
  • Support for 64-bit PerlNET, making it possible to build .NET components using Perl

A 21-day free trial of ActiveState Perl Dev Kit 9 is available for download. One user license pricing starts at $295 US but is being offered at introductory pricing for $245 US through August 15, 2010.

ActiveState Perl Dev Kit (PDK) provides essential tools for building and deploying Perl applications. PDK features cross-platform wrapping and application builders for Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris*, AIX*, and now HP-UX* plus a suite of tools to speed development and improve code quality across teams. The comprehensive feature set includes PerlApp, PerlCtrl, PerlMSI, PerlNET, PerlSvc, PerlTray, Coverage Analyzer, Filter Builder, Graphical Debugger, PerlCritic and VBScript Converter.

PDK 9 supports ActivePerl 5.8, ActivePerl 5.10 and the new ActivePerl 5.12. * Cross-wrapping to Solaris, AIX, HP-UX requires a minimum of ActivePerl Business Edition used in conjunction with PDK.

In April 2010, ActiveState released ActivePerl 5.12 for both its Community and Business Editions. ActivePerl Enterprise Edition for 5.12 will be available before the end of 2010.

ActivePerl is the industry-standard, 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 pre-compiled for out-of-the-box installation and includes core Perl, popular modules, the Perl Package Manager (PPM) and complete documentation.  

ActivePerl Business Edition is an affordable solution developed specifically for small and mid-sized development teams. It integrates low-cost commercial support of ActivePerl with access to current and older builds for all platforms: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, AIX, Solaris and HP-UX. Pricing for ActivePerl 5.12 Business Edition is $999/year/server.

ActivePerl Community Edition is a free, ready-to-install Perl distribution for Windows, Linux and Mac OS X, designed for community developers or open source projects that are not business or mission-critical. Access to builds for HP-UX, Solaris, or AIX are only available in Business Edition, Enterprise Edition or ActivePerl OEM. Support for ActivePerl Community Edition is only offered through the community and forums.

To learn more about major enterprise deployments of ActivePerl, see the presentation, "Take Quality Products to Market Faster with Enterprise-Ready Dynamic Languages" by Larry Backman, Vice President of Quality Assurance at  CA. CA uses ActivePerl to develop CA's SiteMinder Web Site Access Manager, a product that enables secure access to web apps and sites. You can also view the full webinar recording here.

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.

Bret Clement


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