Komodo IDE ~ the Killer Mozilla Application

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – April 10, 2001 – ActiveState, the leader in open source programming tools, announces the release of Komodo 1.0, the first Mozilla application by a third party. Komodo is a Perl and Python integrated development environment for programming using the Mozilla application framework. A full-featured, multi-language IDE, its timesaving features include integrated online help and an interactive remote debugger. Komodo also includes the only one of its kind, regular expression toolkit, for one of the most difficult technologies used in scripting languages.

“Komodo is the first commercial grade IDE for Perl and Python, and it’s cross-platform as well,” said Dick Hardt, Founder & CEO, ActiveState. “Mozilla’s component oriented framework will allow us to easily add support for additional languages and features throughout the coming months.”

“Mozilla is ideally suited for cross-platform Web-based development. This makes it a natural fit for ActiveState’s powerful new IDE, Komodo,” said Mitchell Baker, chief lizard wrangler at mozilla.org. “Perl, Python and JavaScript developers will find Komodo a wonderful tool for using Mozilla for Web services development.”

Komodo features:

  • Regular Expression toolkit
  • Auto completion and call tips
  • Integrated online help
  • Rich language-aware code editor
  • Interactive remote debugging
  • Code folding
  • Visible source code that is customizable and extensible

“The combination of Perl, Python and Mozilla allowed us to build a great IDE for rapid application development,” said Dr. David Ascher, Komodo Project Lead. “I’m quite pleased with the feedback from beta-testers, who said that Komodo is saving them time, which is our primary goal.”

“ActiveState’s release of the first application built on Mozilla is a watershed event for the open source movement,” said Tim O’Reilly, Founder & CEO of O’Reilly & Associates. “It demonstrates that there’s more to Mozilla than the next generation Netscape browser. More importantly, it provides the web-enabled IDE that makes cross-platform development with open source languages like Perl and Python accessible to more than the hacker elite.”

Komodo is available with ASPN Komodo at $295. ASPN Komodo delivers the Komodo IDE and all updates, plus online, searchable access to cookbooks, technical references, sample code, and more. An educational license is free for those learning to program through ASPN Open. The 1.0 release supports Windows. Linux support and Komodo XSLT are available as pre-release software.

About Mozilla:
Mozilla.org is an open source software project founded by Netscape to develop open source Internet client software that includes a browser, mail and news functionality, and a toolkit for developing Web-based applications. The Mozilla project has received tremendous interest in the open source community and experiences approximately 100,000 binary downloads per milestone. The Mozilla code is the basis for Netscape Navigator 6. For more information go to www.mozilla.org.

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