ActiveState, the open source language company has announced the upcoming availability of ActiveRuby, ActiveNode, ActiveGo, and ActiveLua. These will be released as a free version for the open source community as well as for enterprise users.
ActiveState is currently offering the distributions of Perl, Python, and Tcl, the company has planned to provide free community-friendly versions of these upcoming editions. The enterprise users will be benefited from commercial support, remuneration, additional OS support and more.
After ActiveState’s announcement, Gartner, the American research and advisory firm has predicted that 95% mainstream IT organization holds nontrivial open-source software assets within their mission-critical IT portfolios.
Bart Copeland, CEO and President of ActiveState said in the blog, “In deciding what was next for ActiveState, we focussed on what we know best: developers, open source, and the enterprise. We are the open source language experts, having provided commercial support and enhanced security for current and legacy versions of Perl, Python, and Tcl. For almost 20 years, we've built up expertise around language distributions by serving both developers in the community through our free edition, as well as providing business and enterprise offerings for commercial/enterprise and government agencies”.
ActiveState has selected Ruby, Node.js, Go(Google Golang), and Lua to expand their range and distribution not only within the open source community but within an enterprise. Copeland has explained:
“Ruby occupies a similar space in the enterprise that Perl did in the late '90s and early 2000s. It is used for general scripting as well as web applications, particularly via the Rails framework. Node.js is a starting to occupy a similar space, having initially gained acceptance as a back-end language for web applications; it is increasingly expanding into general scripting in the enterprise. Lua is a language we believe has tremendous growth potential for small-footprint IoT devices, and Go has the potential to become the system programming language of the 21st century”.