Open source innovators join ActiveState

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – March 27, 2001 – ActiveState, the leader in open source programming tools, announces the appointment of many of the top minds in open source to its Technical Advisory Board. Joining the team is: Larry Wall, Brendan Eich, Guido van Rossum, Rasmus Lerdorf, and Jon Udell.

“I enjoy working with ActiveState on Perl development. They really believe in the Perl philosophy there’s more than one way to do it. They’re in the business of enabling everyone to get the job done,” said Larry Wall, creator of Perl.

“Python has benefited from ActiveState's contributions to the community such as ActivePython and Komodo, and their participation in the Python Software Foundation. I look forward to working with them,” said Guido van Rossum, the creator of Python.

“ActiveState has the vision and understanding of the Mozilla project. It’s great to see an organization with a language/tools focus developing with the Mozilla framework,” stated Brendan Eich, creator of JavaScript and Architect for Mozilla.

“ActiveState’s efforts with Perl and Python make them well-suited to provide similar products and services for PHP. I’m pleased to assist them in their future development,” commented Rasmus Lerdorf, creator of PHP.

“I’ve been using and writing about scripting languages for years and am thrilled to see a critical mass of language inventors at ActiveState. The knowledge transfer and synergies that will develop will be a great benefit to the community. I’m excited to be a part of this,” stated Jon Udell, former executive editor Byte.

“ActiveState has demonstrated insightfulness and leadership by integrating and enhancing many open source technologies to create new products and new programming environments, such as Komodo. ActiveState's ability to recruit these thought leaders to its advisory board clearly establishes the company as one of the most important players in high level programming languages,” noted Michael Tiemann, CTO of Red Hat. “

“These language innovators have changed the face of technology with tens of millions of people using their software. They will have a profound collective influence on our emerging technologies and on our goal of making open source languages more accessible to both casual programmers and the business community,” said Dick Hardt, Founder & CEO of ActiveState.

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