ActiveState Joins Microsoft’s Visual Studio Integration Program; Visual Perl and Visual Python Will Leverage Visual Studio 7.0

ActiveState Joins Microsoft’s Visual Studio Integration Program; Visual Perl and Visual Python Will Leverage Visual Studio 7.0

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 24, 2000

ActiveState, a leading supplier of products and services supporting open source software, announced today that the company will develop Visual Perl and Visual Python to work with Microsoft’s upcoming Visual Studio 7.0. This will provide a full-featured development environment for Perl and Python users similar to that of Visual Basic and Visual C++. A key advantage will be a short learning curve for programmers already familiar with Visual Studio and quicker application development.

Visual Studio is the most popular development environment for Windows. Visual Studio 7.0, will be a Web-friendly development environment that enables developers to create enterprise-level Web applications.

“The integrated development environments of Visual Perl and Visual Python will allow for editing, compiling and testing from a familiar graphical interface. This will make building and deploying enterprise applications less complex while offering more functionality,” stated Dick Hardt, ActiveState, CEO. “With the ability to drop Visual Perl and Visual Python into Visual Studio, developers have greater choice in choosing the language that maps best to a task at hand.”

Visual Perl and Visual Python Benefits:

— Increased productivity.

— Improved code quality.

— Option of using Perl and Python with Web Forms.

“ActiveState’s tools will be a valuable compliment to the suite of programming languages currently available in Visual Studio,” stated Greg Leake, Microsoft Visual Studio Group Project Manager. “Perl’s popularity and Python’s ease of use for programming gives our end users, Web developers, more flexibility, which in combination with Visual Studio’s other languages provides a richer and more productive environment.”

About ActiveState

ActiveState is at the forefront of open source software, providing products and services for all popular Operating Systems including Windows, Linux and Solaris. ActiveState’s key technology platforms are Perl, the Internet’s most popular programming language and Python, a user-friendly scripting language. ActiveState solutions provide enterprise-wide deployment of Perl, improved programmer productivity, and seamless integration with other technologies. ActiveState believes in the evolution of core Perl and Python technologies and is committed to broadening the appeal of Perl and Python by making available easy to install packages for popular operating systems. For more information about ActiveState and our integrated development environment visit

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq:MSFT) is the worldwide leader in software for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software — any time, any place and on any device. For more information on Microsoft visit and for more information on the Visual Studio Integration program visit

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