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Netscape and ActiveState To Cooperate on Development

Wednesday May 24th, 2000

Bill Stilwell writes, "Found this over at lwn.net daily - Netscape and ActiveState have announced a deal where they will cooperate on their development projects. ActiveState gets Javascript, while ActiveState will donate its Python and Perl work to the Mozilla project.

"JavaScript will join Perl and Python as supported languages in ActiveState's powerful Komodo integrated development environment. This will allow Web developers to edit, run and debug their JavaScript programs in a professional-class development tool fully oriented to the Web, while maintaining a close integration with the browser. In turn, Perl and Python will join JavaScript as programming languages in Mozilla, thereby making it easier for Open Source programmers to use the Mozilla framework, and giving Mozilla developers access to additional scripting technologies."


#20 Re: How useful would this be?

by asim

Thursday May 25th, 2000 7:37 AM

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You're right, I don't see it as very useful on the browser-scripting side for now. In the future? Who knows.

I concur with you, the focus of this will be in connecting Perl/Python to the Mozilla system. That's obviously, with the IDE announcment, where ActiveState is going, and it's a VERY good thing. Perl people are notorious for hacking _everything_; there's a napster client written in Perl, interfaces to AIM, a SMTP server, and so on...look at <http://www.cpan.org/> for examples.

Now, imagine the extentions that the Perl and Python communities can provide for Mozilla. Junkbuster? No problemo. Bookmark manager? A couple of hours.

WOW. I'm drooling already.... :) So, yes, I agree 100%