Upside: Komodo meets Mozilla

“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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