Last Updated: May 3, 2022

How to use the ActiveState Platform to manage dependencies with artifact repositories

This video shows how the ActiveState Platform can be used by developers to automate many time consuming, manual dependency management tasks.

To create your own Python environment, featuring up-to-date, secure packages and their fully resolved dependencies you can start by creating a free ActiveState Platform account.

While most modern package managers can help keep your dependencies straight for smaller projects that use a single language, as complexity increases, package manager drawbacks become more apparent. This video shows how the ActiveState Platform can automate tasks like building dependencies from source code, finding and fixing vulnerabilities, and ensuring security:

Find & Fix Vulnerabilities – get notified when a dependency becomes vulnerable; select a non-vulnerable version of it, and rebuild the dependency and repopulate the artifact repository automatically.

Get out of Dependency Hell – automatically resolve all dependencies, and gain manual workarounds to dependency conflicts, ensuring all dependencies can be deployed together without error.

Secure Builds – ensure the security and integrity of dependency by building them securely from source code.

Note: Creating secure, reproducible environments are functions available to all users of the ActiveState Platform, including free tier users. Just start by creating your account using your email or GitHub credentials. As you work with the ActiveState Platform to create new Python environments, you may need to upgrade to higher tiers to obtain access to features available only to paid tier users. These include role-based access control and project branching. Please get in touch with us to help you find the best tier for your needs.

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At ActiveState, we use the Platform to build not only our popular open source language distributions, but also custom runtimes for our enterprise clients (i.e. builds containing just the language and packages their project requires). Try it out yourself or get a personalized demo and understand how it can support your enterprise’s open source needs.

To read the blog based on this video ”How To Better Manage Dependencies With Artifact Repositories’, head here.

New to the ActiveState Platform? Here’s how to get started, once you’ve created your free account.

Use our Platform to build a custom environment for your next project, including just the language and packages your project needs.

  • Choose a language (Python, Perl or Tcl right now)
  • Select your operating system (Linux or Windows, plus Mac for Python)
  • Add the packages your project requires

ActiveState regularly pulls packages from each language’s standard open source repository (CPAN, PyPI, etc) to ensure that your open source language and components are up to date, can be compiled from source, and are then verified to work together in a distribution that is packaged for most major operating systems. Go ahead and try our beta today! We are hanging out at our Community Forum to provide support as you explore.

Individual users can get started with the ActiveState Platform for free. For use by organizations or teams of individuals, explore our paid plans.

Suhani S