As Mark mentioned in his email to python-dev, he is no longer employed by ActiveState. While I'm dealing with my grief about that unfortunate event in private, I think it's worth clarifying a few things in public:
1) Over the last two years, Mark has become my personal god of programming. ActiveState as a whole has benefited tremendously from having Mark on staff, I have learned a tremendous amount from him, and the entire ActiveState team hope to be able to bring him back on board as soon as possible.
2) The reason for Mark's departure is simple -- ActiveState has had to make some painful cuts in staff in order to ensure our continued survival in these difficult economic times. We hope these cuts will be short-lived and that we will be able to bring back the excellent personel that had to be let go soon.
3) ActiveState is still committed to supporting its Python initiatives and current product line. For example, a release of ActivePython based on Python 2.2 is forthcoming. As regards Komodo, we do have plans for future releases. The features we are looking at adding in future releases include:
* Integrated version control support (right now it's done through the "external command" interface) * Perl autocompletion (not sure that python-dev'ers care about that one =) * Improved web services consumption (1.2 has support for this already) * Macro support * Key-mappings (like emacs and vi key modes)
As usual, we look forward to feedback from customers as to what the next version of Komodo should look like.
If you have any questions about any of the above, feel free to contact me. I'm on vacation but am reading email periodically.
--David Ascher Friend of Mark's Director, Programming Tools ActiveState