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05 November 2010, 15:04

ActiveState launches PyPM Index search tool for its Python packages repository

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ActiveState has launched the PyPM Index site search tool which developers can use to locate the Python modules they require from the companies database of more than 7,000 modules. The Active State repository can be searched by name, metadata tags, or browsed by category. Search results show all the information about specific packages in one place: which operating systems / platforms it's supported on, dependencies, extended documentation and which edition of ActivePython it's available in.

The tool is intended to save time during the design phase by ensuring developers only use the packages most appropriate to their projects. PyPM Index also searches repositories that are automatically built from the Python packages uploaded to's PyPI along with a selection of additional packages from github, sourceforge and other locations.

ActiveState's PyPM Index allows browsing the repositories using any web browser and nightly build information is listed both for packages that build successfully and for those that fail, as the authors feel there is often a lot to be learned from failure.

Diane Mueller, Director and Enterprise Product Management at ActiveState, comments on the new index on her blog page and says that, “PyPM Index allows you to find packages instantly, view most popular and recent additions, understand dependencies, deploy the right version of packages for your OS, and even share information about packages via Twitter".

ActiveState specialise in the dynamic languages, including Perl, Python, and Tcl and the company says that their solutions are used by over 2 million developers.

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