Digital Creations and ActiveState Bring Popular Programming Language To Application Server

Jan 25, 2001, 00:00 ET from Digital Creations

    FREDERICKSBURG, Va., Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Creations, leaders in
 time-to-market-focused content management solutions, and ActiveState,
 suppliers of solutions for user-friendly development, today announced the
 first release under the Perl for Zope project.
     Under this work, ActiveState teamed with Digital Creations to add Perl as
 a scripting language for Zope, a leading Open Source application server. Perl
 is one of the dominant programming languages on the Internet today, used
 globally by individual developers and Fortunate 1000 teams. Zope is written in
 Python, another popular scripting language that has dramatically grown in the
 last two years.
     "Our customers are intensely excited about the speed-to-market advantages
 that Zope gives, particularly in content management," says Paul Everitt, CEO
 of Digital Creations. "Perl remains the dominant language for web programming
 and fits in nicely with the rapid development model of Zope."
     "The addition of the power and popularity of Perl to Zope has provided an
 innovative platform for web development," says Dick Hardt, Founder and CEO of
 ActiveState.  "We use Zope internally and find both our Perl and Python
 programmers like the option of using their language of choice and are
 therefore more productive with this enterprise-class web application server."
     With this release, Zope sites can add software that embeds Perl into the
 Zope server. Site developers and designers can write business logic in Perl as
 well as Python, plus tap into existing Perl code bases. Changes to Perl logic
 can be instantly deployed across the Zope cluster using Zope's unique ZEO
 software for distributed transactions.
     About Digital Creations
     Digital Creations was formed in 1995 as a joint venture with Infinet,
 itself a joint venture between newspaper chains Gannett, Knight Ridder, and
 Landmark Communications. Infinet's goal was to bring newspapers online,
 providing a point of presence on the Web for every newspaper, that could then
 be resold under the paper's own brand.
     Digital Creations was commissioned to develop a classified advertisement
 engine for the Internet. As part of that work, they developed Bobo, a free
 toolset for publishing and storing Python objects; Principia, a commercial
 superset of Bobo aimed at the application server market; and Aqueduct, a
 commercial package that integrated relational data into the application
 server. When the partnership with Infinet dissolved in 1997, Digital Creations
 received the intellectual property rights for the products.
     In November 2000, Digital Creations closed a $12 million round of Series C
 funding, led by Whitney & Co. The funding round is being used to scale the
 company and build significant strategic partnerships.
     About Zope
     Zope is the leading Open Source application server for dynamic, high-
 performance Web services. Zope's unique integrated object database and object
 model greatly simplify the job of creating and deploying truly impressive Web
 applications. Zope delivers content management, comprehensive database
 integration, application development and support for a wide range of operating
 systems, Web servers and databases.
     Since Digital Creations introduced Zope as an Open Source product in late
 1998, Zope has quickly become the platform of choice for demanding application
 developers and content managers. As an Open Source solution, Zope is available
 free of charge, and comes with complete source code. More information about
 Zope is available at
     Key Customers
     Digital Creations has provided high-end solutions for organizations such
 as newspapers and other media, telecommunications firms, the government, the
 military, educational institutions, and Internet businesses. Customers include
 WebMD, the U.S. Navy,, ZapMedia, Cox Communications, and a major
 television-broadcasting network.
     About ActiveState
     ActiveState is at the forefront of open source software, providing
 Internet programming products and services for all popular operating systems
 and platforms. ActiveState's key technologies are Perl, the Internet's most
 popular programming language, Python, a user-friendly scripting language, and
 XSLT, the XML transformation language. ActiveState solutions provide
 enterprise-wide deployment of open source programming languages, improved
 programmer productivity, and seamless integration with other technologies.
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