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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)

Announcing @ActiveState “Silver Sponsor” of @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

SYS-CON Events announced today that ActiveState, a global leader providing software application development and management solutions, has been named "Silver Sponsor" of DevOps Summit Silicon Valley, which will take place on November 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Founded in 1997, ActiveState is a global leader providing software application development and management solutions. The Company's products include: Stackato, a commercially supported Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that harnesses open source technologies such as Cloud Foundry and Docker; dynamic language distributions ActivePerl, ActivePython and ActiveTcl; and developer tools such as the popular Komodo Edit and Komodo IDE. Headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, ActiveState is trusted by customers and partners worldwide, across many industries including telecommunications, aer... (more)

Amazon Dash Embodies the Stackato Vision: Part 2 By @BernardGolden | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

I recently wrote about how Amazon's new Dash service embodies the Stackato vision; in that post I discussed how Dash reflects the Business Agility portion of our vision. As the image to the left shows, Dash is a service that offers a small button; when pressed, magic happens and an order is placed for the product (in this example, Tide detergent), which is eventually delivered to the customer. Dash presents a very different model of retailing, changing the purchase execution from a physical retail outlet or an online website to the very location of product consumption. With this service, Amazon boxes out its retail competitors by offering a more convenient and immediate transaction. I think Dash is a really interesting and innovative offering that foreshadows the enormous changes the Third Platform portends. In this post, I'd like to discuss the technical underpinni... (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)

Accelerating the Enterprise Use of Private Clouds

"The Obama/Kundra effect of pushing more government data to the web and promoting the application of cloud scale efficiencies has been felt across all markets," noted Bart Copeland, President & CEO of ActiveState Software, in this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan. "The thought leadership and leadership by example," Copeland continued, "has raised both the visibility and spurred the growth of a number of important projects." Cloud Computing Journal: How fast will the last remaining barriers to enterprise-wide cloud adoption melt away - are secure public clouds feasible, for example, or only private ones? Bart Copeland: Enterprise adoption of private IaaS is definitely on the rise as one solution for eliminating these barriers. We believe that the advent of Private PaaS solutions such as Stackato will further accelerate enterprise use of ... (more)

Introducing App Deployment in 25 Seconds By @ActiveState | @DevOpsSummit [#DevOps]

Private PaaS in 25 Minutes, App Deployment in 25 Seconds Hosted PaaS providers have given independent developers and startups huge advantages in efficiency and reduced time-to-market over their more process-bound counterparts in enterprises. Software frameworks are now available that allow enterprise IT departments to provide these same advantages for developers in their own organization. In his workshop session at DevOps Summit, Troy Topnik, ActiveState's Technical Product Manager, will show how on-prem or cloud-hosted Private PaaS can enable organizations to use this technology on their own infrastructure, and introduce efficient development workflows for deploying applications. Participants will have the opportunity to assist in the setup of a Cloud Foundry-based PaaS on a public cloud, learn about the management of users and resources on the system, and deploy a... (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)

Is VMware the New Microsoft in the PaaS World?

In 2000, Microsoft announced that it is building a brand new runtime and a framework called .NET. At the heart of .NET was the Common Language Runtime (CLR) designed to execute an assembly like language known as Microsoft Intermediate Language (MSIL). This was at a time when Sun was trying to lure the developers away from Microsoft Visual Basic and Visual C++ to their flagship Java platform. It was not just Microsoft but an array of language and platform players were seriously threatened by Java’s dominance. Microsoft realized that by supporting more languages on top of .NET could bring multiple vendors to join them in challenging Sun. So, Microsoft created a standard called Common Language Interface (CLI) and submitted it to ISO and ANSI. Along with it, Microsoft started engaging with Fujitsu, ActiveState and academia to bring COBOL, PERL, Fortran, Python and even ... (more)

Any Language, Any Stack, Any Cloud

"This is a great day for developers and enterprises looking to the cloud," said ActiveState CEO Bart Copeland (pictured) as he announced the general availability of Stackato 1.0.  "Stackato delivers on the promise of the cloud -- convenience, cost-efficiency -- with the security, control, and compliance the real-world enterprise demands," Copeland added. Bart Copeland, ActiveState CEO, talks to Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan "Stackato is about freedom, control, and ROI," continued Copeland. "Developers have the freedom to work with multiple stacks; use the best-suited tools; configure, test, and deploy faster; and ultimately build more apps. IT managers get control: They can create new apps and migrate existing ones; eliminate the risks of data silos or rogue clouds; ensure tighter security and compliance; and deploy to the cloud model that's right for th... (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)