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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)

Bernard Golden Joins ActiveState as VP of Strategy

ActiveState on Monday announced that Bernard Golden has joined the company as Vice President of Strategy. Named in Wired.com as one of the ten most influential people in cloud computing, Bernard has extensive experience working with organizations to help them adopt and integrate cloud computing effectively. He will help ActiveState customers apply best practices and meet their goals as they leverage the cloud with ActiveState's Stackato® solution. "Cloud computing is becoming the rule for enterprises," commented Bernard Golden, VP of Strategy, ActiveState. "Organizations across the gamut of industries, CPG, telecom, banking, medical, retail, they're ramping up cloud adoption. Those enterprises who leverage the cloud most effectively will continue to be first to market and game changers spawning entirely new types of applications made possible by a leading cloud. T... (more)

SYS-CON White Paper: Improving Software Development Success with ActivePerl

It is easy to sympathize with software developers trying to build large, complex enterprise software solutions. At the start, a software development project is like a smooth sheet of ice: full of possibility. It's a clean slate, free from architectural flaws, bugs, and broken code. But once the first line of code is written, complexities begin to layer one on top of the other. No matter what the end product, many of the same stumbling blocks come up time and again and get in the way of project success. Some classic pitfalls include time restraints, insufficient in-house resources, scope creep, and spiraling development costs. So how do software developers minimize these obstacles and improve their chances for better, faster, more cost-effective software development? In this paper by Active State, we present the open source Perl programming language as a solution for ... (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)

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)

Creating a Private PaaS on Any Cloud

"We decided in January 2012 to create Appsembler," said Appsembler CEO Nate Aune as it was announced that his company has integrated ActiveState's Stackato application platform technology into its namesake hosted-service offering for Web applications in the cloud. "With Stackato, we're ready to launch in March," Aune continued. "That's three months from concept to productization. Out of the box with Stackato, we were able to immediately offer one-click deployment environments for Django, Pylons, Pyramid, Bottle, Flask, and other Python frameworks." Stackato - now generally available - is an application platform for creating a private platform-as-a-service (PaaS) using any language on any stack on any cloud.  Appsembler describes itself as "the fastest way to sell hosted web apps." The offering helps developers sell web applications as a hosted on-demand service wit... (more)

ActiveState Stackato(R) Private PaaS Makes Hybrid Cloud Real... Today

VANCOUVER, BC -- (Marketwire) -- 09/20/12 -- ActiveState, whose software enables developers and enterprises to innovate from code to cloud, today announced an upcoming webinar on the topic of hybrid cloud computing, titled "Making Hybrid Real - Practical Steps to Hybrid Cloud with Private PaaS." Next week's webinar will be led by ActiveState CEO, Bart Copeland, and will feature analysis from GigaOM Principal Research Director, Jo Maitland. "Hybrid clouds are moving from myth to reality," Maitland said. "Enterprise innovators aren't waiting -- they're adopting extensible, secure hybrid cloud computing technologies to support new ways of working." "Cloud computing should no longer be an either/or proposition," Copeland said. "Today's -- and more importantly, tomorrow's -- enterprise demands the security of a private PaaS with the unlimited scalability of the public cl... (more)

SYS-CON.tv Interview: Private PaaS

Click Here to View Video on YouTube "There are a lot of new things happening with Stackato and Private PaaS, and we acquired Appsecute that focused on multi-cloud management and we will be drawing those features into Stackato later on in the year," explained Jeff Hobbs, CTO & VP, Engineering at ActiveState, in this SYS-CON.tv interview with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan at the 12th International Cloud Expo, held June 10-13, 2013, at the Javits Center in New York City. A Rock Star Faculty, Top Keynotes, Sessions, and Top Delegates! Cloud Expo 2013 Silicon Valley, November 4-7, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading Cloud industry players in the world. The growth and success of Cloud Computing will be on display at the upcoming Cloud Expo conference and exhi... (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 Named “Silver Sponsor” of DevOps Summit

DevOps Summit Early Bird Savings here! SYS-CON Events announced today that ActiveState, providers of Stackato, the platform for the agile enterprise, has been named "Silver Sponsor" of SYS-CON's 2nd DevOps Summit, which will take place on June 10-12, 2014, at the Javits Center in New York City, New York. Explore DevOps Summit Sponsorship & Exhibit Opportunities! ActiveState believes that enterprises gain a competitive advantage when they are able to quickly create, deploy and efficiently manage software solutions that immediately create business value, but they face many challenges that prevent them from doing so. The Company is uniquely positioned to help address these challenges through our experience with enterprises, people and technology. ActiveState is proven for the enterprise: More than two million developers and 97% of Fortune-1000 companies use ActiveState... (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)