ActiveState Releases Perl Dev Kit (PDK) 8.0

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – February 24, 2009 – ActiveState, the dynamic languages company, today announced the release of Perl Dev Kit 8.0. Perl Dev Kit (PDK) provides essential tools for Perl programmers, making it simple to build and deploy applications.

PDK 8.0 now features cross-platform wrapping in PerlApp, allowing ease of deployment to any platform regardless of development platform. PerlApp is the industry-standard tool for creating and deploying Perl executables to all major platforms, and is one of the powerful tools included in PDK.

The release of PDK 8.0 also introduces to the newest feature for team development: PerlCritic. PerlCritic allows developers to run coding policies against source code to ensure their work conforms to either industry standards or user-based personalized standards. Designed specifically for small development teams, PDK 8.0 includes both predefined and configurable policies.

The newest PDK includes the complete suite of tools for creating and deploying Perl applications. PDK 8.0’s comprehensive feature set includes tools to build code filters, convert VBScript programs or snippets to Perl, analyze code coverage and hotspots, make .NET applications with Perl, create ActiveX controls, convert Perl programs into Windows services, create MSI Windows installers for Perl applications, and more, plus a graphical debugger.

Jan Dubois, Senior Perl Developer at ActiveState, says, “Cross-platform wrapping is undoubtedly our most requested feature, and PDK 8.0 is the only Perl tool that offers it.”

Jeff Hobbs, Languages Director at ActiveState added, “Developers will really like PerlCritic because it allows teams to focus on their work and ensures everyone on a team is coding to the same standards. It’s really simple to run PerlCritic against source code, and we find it an invaluable tool for our team.”

ActiveState also distributes ActivePerl, the industry-standard Perl distribution, available for Windows, Linux, Mac OS X, Solaris, and AIX. Millions of developers worldwide rely on ActivePerl’s completeness and ease-of-use, while ActiveState’s Enterprise Distributions offer support and maintenance packages for companies that rely on Perl, and ActivePerl OEM Licensing provides companies that rely on Perl with redistribution rights, plus optional support and co-marketing packages.

For more information on ActiveState’s Perl Dev Kit 8.0 (PDK), visit

About PDK 8.0

The release of PDK 8.0 includes the complete suite of PDK tools for creating and deploying Perl applications to any platform. Graphical user interfaces for all application builders provide visual guides to a wealth of build options for fast and easy executable creation, and source conformity tools. The PDK Deployment Tools package will no longer be offered with this release.

PDK 8.0 is available for single users for $295 US and for teams in 5-packs for $1180 US. Special release pricing is in effect until March 31, 2009, with single user licenses offered at $245 US ($50 savings) and 5-pack licensing for only $995 US ($185 savings).

Upgrade Options

Upgrades from PDK 7.x (including PDK Deployment Tools 7.x) are $95 US until until March 31, 2009 (after which upgrades are $145 US).

PDK users can also upgrade to ActivePerl Pro Studio, which includes the new PDK 8.0, the recently released Komodo IDE 5.0, and a Safari Books Online subscription. ActivePerl Pro Studio is available by annual subscription.

About ActiveState

ActiveState is the dynamic languages company, focused on professional business solutions, developer tools, and community tools for Perl, Python, Tcl, and web development technologies (like PHP, Ruby, and JavaScript, plus CSS, HTML, and XML). ActiveState is owned by its employees and Pender Financial Group, a publicly traded investment company focused on technology in British Columbia.

Contact Information
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Erin Williams
Developer Marketing and Communications, ActiveState

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