December 19, 2001

ActiveState's Komodo IDE now shipping for Linux and Windows

Author: JT Smith

ActiveState, the leader in open source programming tools, announces the release of Komodo 1.2 for Linux and Windows. Komodo is a cross-platform integrated development environment for open source technologies and XSLT programming. It is optimized for programming languages such as Perl, Python, and Tcl and now features cutting-edge XSLT and PHP editing and debugging capabilities. Support for consuming Web services has also been added. This release also offers significant performance improvements over previous versions.

"Komodo has all the power tools that Linux and Windows programmers at any level would need," said Dick Hardt, Founder & CEO, ActiveState. "The intuitive design and innovative editors and debuggers make it a breeze to work with a number of powerful programming languages all in one development environment."

Komodo has all the features of a professional IDE, such as a language aware editor, graphical debugger, regular expression toolkit for Perl, and distributed development support. The intuitive environment is also ideal for occasional programmers, with syntax checking, AutoCompletion, and a powerful debugger to catch errors fast, as well as tutorials, templates, online documentation, and dynamic help.

Key new features include:

  • Performance - significantly improved debugging performance and resource memory management
  • 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
    you can view your transformation results immediately
  • PHP - PHP AutoCompletion, syntax checking and debugging plus
    debugging of PHP files locally or on a remote Web server
  • Web services - consume Web services for Perl, Python or PHP
  • Tcl editing & debugging with a membership to ASPN Tcl; use Komodo's syntax checking and debugging with Tcl

"I'm a strictly emacs kind of developer, but I brought home a copy of Komodo, decided to play around a bit, and is it ever good. I'd previously lost a collection of scripts for managing my website, and not only did I rebuild the whole script I'd lost in hours, Komodo makes turning 'use strict' on so painless that I went back and rebuilt a lot of other stuff from memory just for fun. Fantastic stuff - ActiveState's made programming a pleasure again," Clay Shirky, Writer and Consultant,

"I'm quite pleased at this Komodo release. The Komodo development team is especially proud of the Linux version, which is particularly important for PHP users and others doing multi-platform development," said Dr. David Ascher, Komodo Project Lead.

Komodo 1.2 is $295 for a commercial license. A non-commercial version is $29.50. Previous Komodo releases are available for educational use for free.

About ActiveState:
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. The ActiveState Programmer Network (ASPN) offers these technologies with the latest information and productivity tools, empowering programmers with the freedom to work with their preferred language and development environment.

Media & Analyst Contacts:
Lori Pike, ActiveState

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© ActiveState Corporation 2001.

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