Join ActiveState at OSCON 2005

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – July 29, 2005 – Join ActiveState at the O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) in Portland, Oregon, August 1-5. Drop by our booth, test drive Komodo 3.X alpha for Mac OS X, get a T-Shirt, and talk to our programmers. Don't miss our two fiery discussions on FireFox. The first is Shane Caraveo's session on "Application Development with FireFox and Mozilla". Shane is a Senior Developer at ActiveState and an expert with developing extensions for FireFox. We're also hosting a panel discussion on the "Future of Firefox" led by David Ascher, ActiveState's Chief Technologist.

Test Drive ActiveState Komodo 3.X alpha for Mac OS X

Drop by the ActiveState booth (#509) at OSCON to test drive Komodo 3.X alpha, the professional IDE for dynamic languages. Komodo will also be available for demo on Linux and Windows. Just want to chat? Ask our leading Perl, Python, PHP, Tcl, and Ruby developers anything — they love a challenge.

Application Development With Firefox and Mozilla

Shane Caraveo, Senior Developer, ActiveState

Track: Linux
Date: Wednesday, August 3rd, 2005
Time: 10:45am – 11:30am
Location: Portland 252

Custom front end appliations developed on top of Firefox can bring new levels of capability to your web based services. This talk explores the basic concepts of developing simple extensions for Firefox, from working with XUL and Javascript to developing custom UIs and creating an installer for the extension. In addition, this talk covers some of the "in's and out's" of developing XUL appliations on top of Mozilla or Firefox to help you decide if it is an apropriate platform for your development efforts.

Major topics covered include:

  • XUL and XBL
  • Javascript and UI event handling
  • Python bindings for XPCOM
  • XPI, the Mozilla extension installer

The Future of Firefox as a Platform: A Panel Discussion

David Ascher, Chief Technologist, ActiveState

Track: Products and Services
Date: Thursday August 4, 2005
Time: 5:20pm – 6:05pm
Location: D140

With the stunning success of Firefox, many are looking anew at Mozilla as a general-purpose application framework. What is needed to turn Mozilla into a world-class contender? Join David Ascher and invited guests including Jon Udell and a Mozilla representative for a discussion on the future of web-enabled application development. Discover whether Mozilla can simultaneously comply with standards and set new ones.


  • David Ascher, Chief Technologist, ActiveState
  • Aaron Boodman, UI Software Engineer (and Greasemonkey author), Google
  • Ian McKellar, Senior Software Engineer, Flock Inc.
  • Mike Shaver, Technology Strategist, Mozilla Foundation

See you there,

The ActiveState Team

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