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Upside: Komodo meets Mozilla

May 27, 2000, 13:43 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Code-named "Komodo," the IDE is ActiveState's attempt to help developers write their applications in Perl or Python -- two increasingly popular open source languages -- and integrate those applications within the cross-platform Mozilla environment. Komodo will offer a number of developer-friendly features such as remote debugging tools, help libraries and sample scripts written by Perl and Python experts."

"It's all a part of what Activestate CEO Dick Hardt calls the company's "programming for the people" philosophy. "Our mission is to push down the barriers and lower the bar so a broader base of people can take advantage of the technology," he said."

"David Asher, ActiveState senior developer and leader of the Komodo project, says the ultimate goal is to win over users who don't yet realize the benefits of working with Python or Perl. "There's a lot of people who are currently quite frustrated with the fact that they don't have the quality of tools that they're used to working with in terms of Java and Visual Basic," he says. "Many of the users we've targeted aren't yet aware of how productive they can be."

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