Aptana adds Python to Web 2.0 nest

Company already has backed AJAX, Ruby on Rails, and PHP, and its Pydev buy will add Python to the mix

Aptana, which has enabled Web 2.0 development via JavaScript, Ruby on Rails, and PHP with the Aptana Studio IDE, has added Python to the mix through its acquisition of Pydev, which was announced this week.

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The company plans to combine the Pydev Eclipse-based development environment with Aptana Studio, which has supported AJAX and has been downloaded nearly 2.3 million times, Aptana said. Developers now can use Aptana Studio and Pydev side by side or plug them into Eclipse. Both are open source with commercially available extensions.

"Python kind of completes the portfolio of popular scripting languages that people use to build Web apps," said Kevin Hakman, Aptana director of evangelism.

Aptana currently has no timeframe for full integration between Aptana Studio and Pydev. The company also would not reveal how much it paid for Pydev.

With Pydev, developers get capabilities for code completion and analysis, a debug console and server, and refactoring. Aptana Studio, meanwhile, supports Web development by integrating AJAX tooling with PHP and Ruby on Rails. Ruby development is supported as well.

Aptana stressed the popularity of Python, particularly Google's selection of the language for use with its Google App Engine hosted application service. "When Google gets behind something, there tends to be a lot of attention [paid] to it. We've seen an increased utilization of the Python language," Hakman said.

Through the Pydev IDE, developers can deploy and manage applications to a computing cloud via linkup with the Aptana Cloud product for cloud-based deployments.

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