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Komodo IDE Demonstrates Advanced Code Management and Development Capabilities

July 27, 2007; 03:26 AM
ActiveState, the leading provider of tools and services for dynamic languages, released a case study today at OSCON in Portland that highlights how Second Story Interactive Studios, a Portland-based studio that creates innovative user experiences, used Komodo IDE to simplify a complex code management and development project.

Komodo IDE is a multi-platform, multi-language integrated development environment (IDE) for dynamic web development.

Second Story was recently tasked with creating Arago, an online database for the National Postal Museum that would amass their collection of over 300,000 objects and present them in a user-friendly interface. With elaborate data import scripts to translate data from a third-party collection management tool, all the logic involved in managing researcher contributions, and the website itself, it was a large and complicated project.

I found out about Komodo at OSCON 2005 and was very impressed by what I saw; it was the perfect tool for the job, said David Brewer, a web application developer with Second Story who specializes in building back-ends and HTML interfaces for collection database websites.

Komodo offered Brewer and other developers at Second Story syntax highlighting and syntax checking that made it easier to spot typos before they turned into bugs, while the debugger tracked down more subtle problems. The code browser and bookmark features simplified locating code to reference and jump back to it as needed, and, using the Perl interactive shell for quick hacks and testing and creating regular expressions with the Rx Toolkit, made development faster as well. Project management features also proved invaluable.

Komodo solved so many of the problems we struggled with when using less capable tools, said Brewer. Developing Perl in Komodo IDE was an absolute joy compared to our previous approaches.

ActiveState is featuring Komodo IDE, the developers' tool of choice at Second Story, at OSCON.

Read the complete case story at http://www.activestate.com/Products/komodo_ide/case_study.plex and see the amazing results of Second Story's work at http://arago.si.edu/ or http://www.secondstory.com/.

Komodo IDE

Komodo IDE 4 is a powerful, multi-platform, multi-language IDE for end-to-end development of dynamic web applications. Komodo IDE makes creating robust web apps fast and easy, with a rich feature set for client-side Ajax technologies such as CSS, HTML, JavaScript and XML, coupled with advanced support for dynamic languages such as Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby and Tcl. Komodo IDE licenses are $295 US for use across Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Learn more about Komodo IDE at http://www.activestate.com/komodo_ide.

About ActiveState

ActiveState is the leading provider of tools and services for dynamic languages such as JavaScript, Perl, PHP, Python, Ruby and Tcl. Millions of developers rely on ActiveState's cross-platform, professional development tools, high-quality language distributions, and enterprise services. ActiveState is owned by its employees and Pender Financial Group, a publicly traded investment company focused on technology and healthcare sectors in British Columbia. Learn more at http://www.activestate.com.

About Second Story

Second Story creates informative and entertaining interactive experiences in the form of media-rich storytelling presentations, online collections, interpretive installations, and database-driven applications.

Since its founding in 1994, the Second Story team of creative artists, producers, writers, animators, and programmers has developed over 200 award-winning interactive projects. The studio takes pride in providing clear and intuitive access to archives, artifacts, and information as well as staging compelling narratives using digital media, both online and in situated kiosks and presentations. Learn more at http://www.secondstory.com.

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