Wednesday February 13, 8:09 am Eastern Time
Press ReleaseSOURCE: ActiveState Corp.
ActiveState Development Tools Ship Simultaneously with Microsoft Visual Studio .NET
Perl, Python, & XSLT Programmers get Seamless Tool Integration
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 13, 2002--ActiveState, the
leader in open source programming languages, today announced the 1.2
release of Visual Perl, Visual Python and Visual XSLT for Microsoft
Visual Studio .NET. Perl, Python, and XSLT programmers can now
leverage the power of the Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Integrated
Development Environment (IDE) and rapidly create, edit, debug and run
programs with Visual Perl, Visual Python, and Visual XSLT. These
releases now include full IntelliSense and source code control
``These plug-ins are ideal tools for programmers using powerful
languages such as Perl, Python, and XSLT,'' said Dick Hardt, Founder &
CEO, ActiveState. ``Programmers can now use the language that best maps
to the problem at hand and can leverage the advanced features in the
Microsoft Visual Studio .NET IDE; such as the integrated help which
makes online help of Perl and Python keywords and modules literally a
single click away. As well, the graphical debugger makes drilling down
into complex data structures trivially easy.''
``Visual Perl, Visual Python, and Visual XSLT fit ideally into the
Visual Studio .NET model of allowing projects written in multiple
languages to be developed at the same time,'' said Marie Huwe, General
Manager for the Developer and Platform Evangelism Division at
Microsoft Corp. ``Microsoft is delighted to be working with ActiveState
to provide a comprehensive programming solution that enables customers
to use the languages that best fit their needs all within one
integrated development environment.''
ActiveState's plug-ins provide a suite of development and
deployment tools, including an editor, graphical debugger, dynamic
help, and code completion (IntelliSense). Other key features include:
- Regular Expression debugger - a unique, visual interface for
almost effortless debugging of powerful regular expressions
- XSLT debugger - takes the pain out of XSLT by making it simple
to find problems in both input data and code
- XSLT automatic output preview - eliminates time-consuming
steps so transformation results can be viewed immediately
- Source Code Control - industry-standard change management
through SCC-compliant source code control
- XML Web services - consume XML Web services with Visual Perl
``Visual Perl is the best IDE I have seen for coding in Perl.
ActiveState has greatly simplified regular expression development.
What was once a time consuming process of writing then debugging a
regular expression has been turned into a fast and efficient process
with the Rx Toolkit,'' said John Menke, Oracle Consultant, CSC
Corporation. ``Visual Perl's remote debugging feature is also great. I
can write code on my development box, then deploy and continue to
debug on my Oracle staging machine. I'd like to thank the Visual Perl
development team for designing what has quickly become indispensable
in my Perl toolkit.''
``A new feature in the 1.2 releases is support for source code
control,'' said Eric Promislow, Technical Lead, ActiveState.
``Programmers can now easily track and control changes to their
programs with the leading version control systems such as Perforce,
CVS, and Microsoft Visual SourceSafe.''
``XSLT is a newer language, and while it has extremely powerful
features for transforming XML, it offers few diagnostic capabilities
to let the developer know what the transformation is doing,'' said Paul
Prescod, XML Technical Advisor, ActiveState. ``The Visual XSLT debugger
shows the developer exactly what the program is doing, and leverages
features found throughout the Visual Studio .NET IDE, such as call
stacks and variable display windows to explain why.''
Visual Perl, Visual Python, and Visual XSLT are $295 each. The
upgrade is free to existing customers. Educational licenses are also
available. Additional details, free evaluation copies and downloads
are at ActiveState.com/VisualPerl, ActiveState.com/VisualPython and
ActiveState is the leading provider of open source based
programming products and services for cross-platform development.
ActiveState's key technologies are Perl, the internet's most popular
programming language; Python and Tcl, user-friendly scripting
languages; PHP, the dynamic web programming language; and XSLT, the
XML transformation language.(C) ActiveState Corporation 2002.
ActiveState, Visual Perl, Visual Python and Visual XSLT are
trademarks of ActiveState Corp. All other company names herein may be
trademarks of their respective owners.
Lori Pike, 604/808-6655