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By BryanHalfpap Many new programmers struggle when it comes to selecting their first language to learn.  Which is easiest, the most professionally useful, the most newbie-friendly?  Lets find out by showing you a range of options, their strengths and weaknesses, and some information about the most common programming languages in demand today.  At the end, we’ll make some recommendations and you’ll understand a bit more about why they were chosen. The Task At Hand Every job requires the right kind of tool, and each programming language can be thought of as a separate tool.  Just like some tools are good for hammering nails, driving screws, and leveling screws, some programming languages are innately more suitable than others for tasks like designing a website, interpreting text, or reacting to user input. Lets go through a few common use cases: Language Typical Us... (more)

Docker + Stackato: The Perfect Workload Portability Solution

Looking to ease application development and deployment and also retain the maximum flexibility in terms of deployment location? If you work in technology, you'd have to have been under a rock to have not heard about Docker. In a nutshell, Docker provides a lightweight container for code that can be installed onto a Linux system, providing both an execution environment for applications and partitioning to securely segregate sets of application code from one another. While this high-level description doesn't sound that exciting, Docker addresses three key issues confronting application developers: Efficient resource use: One of the problems confronting IT organizations is how to get the most benefit from computing resources; this translates as to how to raise utilization of servers to ensure that their cost and power use is actually applied to computing rather than b... (more)

Interop Las Vegas Previews Announcements From More Than 100 Exhibitors and Sponsors

SAN FRANCISCO, March 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Interop previews the latest innovations and news from more than 100 exhibitors who will make announcements at Interop Las Vegas, happening next week, March 31-April 4 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. As the leading independent technology conference and expo series, Interop will highlight the latest advancements in networking, virtualization, cloud, mobility, data centers and everything in between. For more information and to register, please visit: interop.com. "Interop continues to inspire and inform the world's foremost IT decision makers, serving as a place to find actionable solutions for pain points and future developments in the enterprise," explained Jennifer Jessup, Interop General Manager. "Now more than ever it is critical for businesses to have the opportunity to evaluate products and services side... (more)

ActiveState Launches Business Edition

Open Source Journal on Ultizer ActiveState, the dynamic languages experts, today launched ActiveState Business Edition, commercial-grade language distributions for Perl, Python and Tcl, providing organizations open source compliance, commercial support, and cross-platform access. "ActiveState has been a leading contributor in the open source community for years," said Bart Copeland, President and CEO, ActiveState. "With the launch of Business Edition, we can help companies deploying Perl, Python and Tcl in their business-critical applications, ensure open source policy compliance, minimize downtime and accelerate productivity cost-effectively. ActiveState's deep technical expertise is focused on keeping client systems, powered by dynamic languages, running smoothly, and making sure clients are in compliance with their open source policies." ActiveState Business Edi... (more)

Cloud Brings out New Equations to the Ecosystem

During the last decade, the enterprise war was among the handful of players. Microsoft wanted to be the de facto choice of the IT by pushing .NET application platform, integrated tools through Visual Studio, a set of servers in the form of SQL Server, SharePoint, BizTalk and System Center. Same was the case with IBM who was trying to compete through the Rational, WebSphere, DB2, Tivoli and MQ Series platforms. Sun and Oracle complemented each other and ran an integrated GTM to win the enterprise customers. The goal of every player was the same – displace competition and own almost every aspect of enterprise IT including the directory services, messaging, databases, business intelligence, systems management, collaboration and enterprise integration. In the era of Cloud, it is unrealistic to think of just one player providing end-to-end capabilities for the enterpris... (more)

ActiveState Poll Finds Enterprise Developers Use Dynamic Languages to Get Products to Market Faster and Cheaper; Feel Less Pressure About Quality

VANCOUVER, BC -- (Marketwire) -- 03/16/10 -- ActiveState, the dynamic languages company, today announced the results of an informal survey of enterprise software architects and developers that found developers benefit greatly from dynamic languages to get products to market faster and at a reduced cost. The poll was conducted on March 10, 2010 during a webinar given by Larry Backman, VP of Quality Assurance, Computer Associates and Jeff Hobbs, Director of Engineering for ActiveState. More than 75 enterprise software developers and architects participated in the poll. Among the highlights of the poll, developers said: -- There is more pressure to be fast and cheap than good: A much higher percentage of developers feel that the single largest pressure comes from delivering products to market faster (29.4%) or at a reduced cost (23.5%) than to reduce the number of bug... (more)

ActiveState Launches AJAX Supported Komodo IDE

(SYS-CON Media) - ActiveState Software, provider of development tools and services for dynamic languages, announced the release of Komodo IDE 4.0, a major upgrade to their award-winning development environment. With this release, developers can now create entire web applications—server, browser, and the HTTP conversation that connects them—within a single unified workspace. Komodo IDE enables developers to write, debug, share and organize quality code in a customizable programming environment. With 4.0, Komodo's support for dynamic languages such as Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby and Tcl, is extended to browser-side languages including JavaScript, CSS, HTML and XML. New features, including JavaScript debugging, DOM viewer, HTTP Inspector and code intelligence, provide deep support for AJAX techniques, making Komodo IDE essential for developers using dynamic languages and mod... (more)

ActiveState Introduces Free AJAX Supported Multi-Language Editor

(SYS-CON Media) - ActiveState Software, provider of development tools and services for dynamic languages, announced the release of Komodo Edit 4.0, a free editor based on the award-winning Komodo IDE. Komodo Edit 4.0 delivers powerful editing capabilities for dynamic languages including Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby and Tcl, plus support for browser-side code including JavaScript, CSS, HTML and XML. Background syntax checking and syntax coloring catch errors immediately, while AutoComplete and CallTips guide developers as they code. It is available now on Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows. Other features include a project manager, for flexible organization of all project elements, and the Toolbox, for storing configurable "Run" commands, macros, code snippets, URLs, Live and Virtual Folders, templates, menus, toolbars and remote files. Toolbox items can be distributed to other K... (more)

Agility and DevOps with @ActiveState | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

"Our premise is Docker is not enough. That's not a bad thing - we actually love Docker. At ActiveState all our products are based on open source technology and Docker is an up-and-coming piece of open source technology," explained Bart Copeland, President & CEO of ActiveState Software, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at DevOps Summit at Cloud Expo®, held Nov 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Why Can't We All Just Get Along: Integrating Development and Operations for Peace, Harmony, and Agility All too many discussions about DevOps conclude that the solution is an all-purpose player: developer and operations guru, complete with pager for round-the-clock duty. For most organizations that is not the way forward. In his session at DevOps Summit, Bart Copeland, President & CEO of ActiveState Software, discussed how to achieve the agility an... (more)

Cloud Connect Chicago Announces New Private Cloud, Security & Big Data Workshops

SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cloud Connect, produced by UBM TechWeb, recently conducted an enterprise cloud adoption study in partnership with research firm, Everest Group, resulting in expanded new program elements for the Chicago event including focused workshops on Private Cloud, Big Data and Cloud Security. In addition to expanded workshops, Cloud Connect's keynote line-up continues to grow, featuring Winthrop Short, the VP of Technology for Orbitz Worldwide who will discuss big data and Craig McLuckie, the Product Manager of Google Compute Engine, who will dive deep into Google's cloud platform. As the premier technology event for the cloud community, featuring the latest technologies, strategies and innovations, Cloud Connect Chicago will take place September 10-13, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare, Chicago, IL. To register or for more informat... (more)

Enterprise Cloud Curves Ahead: PaaS Carefully

We’re seeing a lot of changes in the IT landscape. Oracle buying its way into the Cloud, AMD wants in on the server business, Dell is no longer a PC company, and some legacy players are learning about the Cloud market the hard way (see: Harris Scraps Secure Public Cloud). Harris claims customers have a preference for on premise (private cloud) solutions, though a McKinsey survey mentioned in the article indicates CIOs will take a “balanced” approach (read: Hybrid Cloud). Besides, acquiring on-premise IT business won’t get easier in the Federal government space with its shift to a Cloud First Policy, nor in State government (see Time For State And Local Govs To Head To The Cloud). Is the Cloud chasm too wide for legacy players (like Harris) to cross? Everyone in the industry is positioning for the game of the century as a result of the disruptive Cloud forces. As I wri... (more)