Wednesday October 25, 8:08 am Eastern Time
ActiveState Releases ActivePython 2.0 to the Community: Most Comprehensive Cross-Platform Distribution Available
VANCOUVER, British Columbia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 25, 2000--
ActiveState, the leading provider of Internet programming software and
services announces that ActivePython 2.0 is available for download.
ActivePython is ActiveState's free binary distribution of Python for
the Linux, Solaris and Windows platforms. ActivePython enables
programmers to get up and running faster with precompiled libraries,
which run on all the popular operating systems, and with the numerous
Windows-specific extensions by Mark Hammond, Senior Python Developer,
``We're delighted to bring the same high level of quality and
reliability to the Python community that we have for Perl
programmers,'' said Dick Hardt, Founder & CEO, ActiveState. ``We're
fully committed to increasing Python's already fast growth rate with a
host of user-friendly Python products and services such as
ActivePython, Python for .NET, Visual Python, and PythonDirect.''
``I'm happy to see multiple sources of Python distributions and I'm
glad to see that ActiveState is supporting and promoting Python. I
hope that ActivePython will further contribute to Python's
accessibility, making it available to a whole new category of
programmers,'' said Guido van Rossum, creator of Python.
ActivePython 2.0 Features:
- Cross-platform installer for Linux, Solaris, and Windows
- Integrated support for Windows APIs
- Online documentation
- Precompiled extension libraries
- PythonCOM support
- PythonWin development environment
``The Win32 extensions for Python helps us build scalable
multi-threaded server applications,'' said John Demelis, R&D Manager,
80-20 Software. ``The PythonWin editor and debugger save us loads of
time in the creation of our knowledge management software.
``Python has always been easy to learn but it can be hard to find,
compile and install extensions modules. Our release integrates
extensions optimized for our target platforms of Linux, Solaris and
Windows. For example we have built-in support for XML parsing, textual
and graphical user interfaces, audio and more. On Windows, we ship
with Mark Hammond's famous extension that access the entire Windows
API including COM, ASP, ODBC and MFC. The PythonWin development
environment completes the package. ActivePython extends Python's
'batteries included' philosophy,'' said Paul Prescod, ActivePython 2.0
ActiveState is at the forefront of open source infrastructure
software, providing Internet programming products and services for all
popular operating systems including Linux, Solaris, and Windows.
ActiveState's key technology platforms are Perl, the Internet's most
popular programming language and Python, a user-friendly scripting
language. ActiveState solutions provide enterprise-wide deployment of
Perl and Python, improved programmer productivity, and seamless
integration with other technologies. ActiveState believes in the
evolution of core Perl and Python technologies and is committed to
broadening the appeal of Perl and Python by making available easy to
install packages for popular operating systems. For more information
visit http://www.ActiveState.com.(c) ActiveState Tool Corp 2000.
ActiveState and ActivePython are trademarks of ActiveState Tool
Corp. All other product and company names herein may be trademarks of
their respective owners.
Lori Pike, 604/484-6417