By James Denman
Perl continues to find adherents among developers looking for dynamic languages to build Web sites and integrate applications. Notable among commercial suppliers of the software is ActiveState. The company recently released Perl Dev Kit (PDK) 9, supporting cross-wrap applications to HP-UX, as well as Windows, Mac, Linux, Solaris, and AIX platforms. PDK 9 supports ActivePerl versions 5.8, 5.10, and the new 5.12. The ability to cross-wrap to HP-UX, Solaris, or AIX requires PDK 9 in combination with ActivePerl either Business Edition or Enterprise Edition. The free Community Edition of ActivePerl will only enable cross-wrapping to Windows, Mac, and Linux.
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The Business Edition is presented as an option for small to mid-sized businesses that need low-cost commercial support for current or older builds. Enterprise Edition is there for large enterprises that need a high level of technical support for mission-critical applications. The Community Edition is intended for community developers working on open-source projects, does not provide access on HP-UX, Solaris or AIX platforms, and is only supported via forums in the community.
The feature set for PBK 9 includes PerlApp, PerlCtrl, PerlMSI, PerlNET, PerlSvc, PerlTray, coverage analyzer, filter builder, graphical debugger, Perl critic, and VBScript Converter. A 21-day free trial is available for download at ActiveState’s Web site.