Vancouver, Canada--The increasing popularity of Perl, a widely-used
programming language for system administration and Web development, has
led to a growing need for support and quality assurance.
from ActiveState Tool Corp. is the first offering of a complete Perl
support program designed for corporate IS/IT managers who would like to
expand the use of Perl, an Open Source scripting language. Early
PerlDirect clients include Credit Suisse First Boston and Wells Fargo.
PerlDirect provides reliability, stability and accountability for Perl
through the following features: validated, quality-assured releases of
Perl and its popular extensions; advice and support; Y2K Test Suite;
and a Perl Alert weekly bulletin. PerlDirect also offers an exclusive
opportunity to provide direct input in a leading organization involved
in Open Source development. Basic annual subscription rates start at
"PerlDirect goes beyond fixing problems," explained Dick Hardt, Chief
Technology Officer and Founder of ActiveState Tool Corp. "In addition
to all the critical components of PerlDirect, we're providing context
and structure for a huge amount of Perl-related information which is
available, but difficult to sift through, interpret, and manage. As
active members of the Perl community, we know where Perl has been and
where it's headed. As business people, we listen carefully to our
customers' needs for new Perl development and are offering that input
to the greater Perl community."
With validated releases, ActiveState provides instant access to all the
most recent and popular modules while providing users with the security
required for mission-critical software. These are quality-assured,
tested releases of all distributions of core Perl and its popular
extensions. In addition to the latest Perl source, the quarterly
PerlDirect CD includes: pre-compiled binaries for Windows and popular
UNIX platforms; tools and utilities for Windows NT-UNIX portability;
and unrestricted distribution rights within the client's organization.
The PerlDirect package includes incident-based support with the Perl
Clinic (http://www.PerlClinic.com). The Perl Clinic is a technical
support service maintained by ActiveState, which includes well-known
Perl specialists Tim Bunce, Gurusamy Sarathy and Chip Salzenberg.
To help Perl users in their efforts to verify Year 2000 compliance of
their Perl systems, ActiveState has prepared a toolkit of Y2K test
scripts: the PerlDirect Y2K Test Suite. PerlDirect's Y2K Test Suite
provides a valuable set of tools for identifying potential problem
areas and facilitates Y2K testing of Perl and Perl modules on a system
with installed Perl components.
Perl Alert is a weekly bulletin which provides up-to-the-minute
information about significant issues related to Perl, new modules,
bugs, and new releases, with special alerts as warranted. ActiveState
distills news from over 3,000 news items a week taken from all of the
Perl on-line new sources, as well as from its many contacts in the Perl
community. As a result, PerlDirect customers receive critical
information, while saving valuable time.
Future ActiveState Open Source activities are directed by PerlDirect
subscribers. This influence will ensure that the features that
PerlDirect customers require will be included in future Open Source
developments by ActiveState.
PerlDirect Gold is a premium corporate service which builds upon the
base of services offered by PerlDirect. The Gold program assigns each
subscriber an ActiveState support engineer. More than simple advice and
problem resolution, PerlDirect Gold provides an ongoing transfer of
expertise from ActiveState experts to their customers.
Perl was created by programmer Larry Wall, now Senior Programmer at
publisher O'Reilly & Associates. Perl is known for its usefulness and
versatility. Being Open Source, Perl is in active development by
literally hundreds of volunteer programmers, working worldwide. More
than a million programmers currently use Perl. O'Reilly & Associates
hosts annual Perl conferences and publishes numerous Perl books,
including several best-sellers, as well as Perl resource kits (for both
UNIX and Win32). More information is available about Perl at
http://www.perl.com, and about
O'Reilly & Associates at
ABOUT ACTIVESTATE TOOL CORP.
Founded by Dick Hardt, ActiveState Tool Corp. is a privately-held
corporation with investors that include O'Reilly & Associates, Inc.
ActiveState is the leading provider of products and services for
Perl, a widely-used Open Source programming language. ActiveState
works closely with the Perl community to support the deployment and
maintenance of Perl software, to develop professional tools that make
using Perl easier, and to create extensions that enable Perl to work
with new technologies. More information is available at
PerlDirect and the Perl Clinic are trademarks of ActiveState Tool
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