Aptana Swallows Python

Aptana Inc., a San Mateo, Calif.-based provider of open-source web development software, has acquired Pydev, which is responsible for the Python software language. No financial terms were disclosed. Aptana raised $4 million from Accel Partners last year.



Privately held Aptana Inc., a leading provider of infrastructure for Web 2.0 application development and management, today announced the acquisition of Pydev, a highly popular Eclipse-based development environment for the Python software language. The combination of Pydev with Aptana Studio, which is approaching 2.3 million downloads, will bring Aptana's excellence in Ajax development ease to the Python community and bring Python support to Aptana's product lines. The move further reinforces Aptana's leadership in open source products and related services for organizations who use dynamic Web application languages such as Ajax/JavaScript, Ruby/Ruby on Rails, PHP, and Python.


“Pydev's popularity in the Python community and Eclipse ecosystem made it the clear choice for Aptana,” said Paul Colton, CEO and founder of Aptana. “Interest in Python has been steadily growing and got a big boost earlier this year when Google announced that Python was the language for Google App Engine. Google is also a worldwide licensee of the commercial version of Pydev, Pydev Extensions, which includes even more high-productivity features for Python developers.”


“This has been a great year for the Python developer community with the advent of great frameworks such as Django and deployment solutions such as Google App Engine. Now the tooling is getting better all the time. One of the great tools is Pydev, especially if you are Eclipse-minded. Having Aptana take on Pydev only means progress for that project and Python developers,” said Dion Almaer, Open Web Advocate for Google.


“Pretty much anyone these days who is creating Web sites and applications is using Ajax. Offering Pydev as an extension to Aptana Studio, and therefore Eclipse, will make it even easier and faster for Pydev users to create, test, deploy and manage their Web applications,” said Fabio Zadrozny, creator of Pydev who now heads the Python team for Aptana. “In addition Aptana's backing of Pydev will provide more support and resources for the project and its users alike.”


Users of Aptana and Pydev can today use the products side-by-side by either adding Pydev into the standalone edition of Aptana Studio, or by plugging both into Eclipse. A timeline for deeper integration of the products has not yet been announced. Pydev accelerates software development with Python by providing code completion and analysis, debug console and server, refactoring utilities and many other capabilities. Aptana Studio eases Web development, deployment and management by integrating best-in-class Ajax tooling with PHP, Ruby on Rails, Jaxer, and now imminently, Python. Similarly, Aptana Cloud, which is architected to integrate the application development, deployment, and management cycle with cloud computing providers supports PHP and Jaxer today with plans for Ruby on Rails and Python in the future.


About Aptana Inc.

Aptana provides a leading Web development, deployment and management suite for organizations who use dynamic languages like JavaScript, Ruby on Rails, PHP and Python. Aptana Studio, an Eclipse-based integrated development environment for Web 2.0 sites and applications, has been downloaded nearly 2.3 million times and adds more than 100,000 downloads monthly. Aptana is also the creator of Aptana Jaxer(TM), the world's first Ajax server. Using the open source Aptana Jaxer server, developers can write entire applications and presentation layers using Ajax, use server-side JavaScript to generate or manipulate Web pages, directly interact with databases, file systems and networks, and execute application logic on the server. Aptana Cloud(TM) further integrates Web application development, deployment, and management with cloud computing providers to provide an efficient end-to-end solution for organizations of all sizes.


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