Think Services' Software Development West Conference Announces Winners of the 18th Annual Jolt Product Excellence & Productivity Awards

The 'Oscars' of Software Development Industry Honor Innovation and Technological Achievement

Mar 6, 2008

Dr. Dobb's announced the winners of the 18th annual Jolt Product Excellence and Productivity Awards during last night's Award Ceremony at the Software Development West 2008 Conference and Expo, held at the Santa Clara Convention Center. The ceremony was hosted by Robert X. Cringely, best-selling author, technology columnist, futurist and PBS personality. The Hall of Fame award was presented to VMware Workstation by none other than C.J. Rapp, the president and CEO of JOLT.

The prestigious Jolt Awards recognize those products, books and websites that have "jolted" the industry in the past year. Winners are selected by an esteemed panel of judges consisting of industry insiders, columnists, and technology leaders. JOLT, the fabled soft drink quaffed by software developers for sustenance during project development marathons, sponsors the awards.

"This year was an exceptionally exciting year for our judges, because there were so many strong contenders in every category," said Amber Ankerholz, conference manager for Dr. Dobb's Events. "The winners reflect the great innovations thriving in the industry today, and it was especially satisfying to see industry leaders as well as newcomers changing how developers work by giving them great new products that reflect the changing software development landscape."

The winners of the 18th Jolt Product Excellence Awards and the recipients of the Jolt Productivity Awards are:

  1.   General Books
  Jolt Winner:
       Beautiful Code Edited by Andy Oram and Greg Wilson (O'Reilly Media)
  Productivity Winners:
       Manage It! Your Guide to Modern Pragmatic Project Management by
       Johanna Rothman (Pragmatic Bookshelf)
       The Myths of Innovation by Scott Berkun (O'Reilly Media)
       Release It! Design and Deploy Production-Ready Software by Michael T.
       Nygard (Pragmatic Bookshelf)

  2.   Technical Books
  Jolt Winner:
       Continuous Integration: Improving Software Quality and Reducing Risk
       by Paul Duvall, Steve Matyas, Andrew Glover (Addison-Wesley
  Productivity Winners:
       xUnit Test Patterns: Refactoring Test Code by Gerard Meszaros
       (Addison-Wesley Professional)
       Head First SQL: Your Brain on SQL -- A Learner's Guide by Lynn
       Beighley (O'Reilly Media)
       The Rails Way by Obie Fernandez (Addison-Wesley Professional)

  3.   Change and Configuration Management
  Jolt Winner:
       FishEye (Atlassian)
  Productivity Winners:
       IncrediBuild (Xoreax Software)
       Surround SCM (Seapine Software)
       DiffMerge (SourceGear)

  4.   Collaboration Tools
  Jolt Winner:
       Code Collaborator (Smart Bear)
  Productivity Winners:
       codeBeamer 5.0 (Intland Software)
       Confluence (Atlassian)
       TeamCity (JetBrains)

  5.   Database Engines and Data Tools
  Jolt Winner:
       AquaLogic Data Services Platform (BEA Systems)
  Productivity Winners:
       Aleri Streaming Platform (Aleri)
       Crystal Reports (Business Objects)
       EnterpriseDB Advanced Server (EnterpriseDB)

  6.   Design and Modeling Tools
  Jolt Winner:
       Corticon Business Rules Modeling Studio (Corticon Technologies)
  Productivity Winners:
       BigLever Software Gears (BigLever Software)
       Enterprise Architect (Sparx Systems)
       Structure101 for Java (Headway Software)

  7.   Development Environments
  Jolt Winner:
       NetBeans IDE 6 (Sun Microsystems)
  Productivity Winners:
       IntelliJ IDEA (JetBrains)
       CodeRush with Refactor! Pro (Developer Express)
       Komodo IDE 4 (ActiveState)

  8.   Enterprise Tools
  Jolt Winner:
       Kapow Mashup Server, Web 2.0 Edition (Kapow Technologies)
  Productivity Winners:
       Adobe LiveCycle Enterprise Suite (Adobe Systems)
       Foglight (Quest Software)
       Rally Enterprise (Rally Software Development)

  9.   Libraries, Frameworks and Components
  Jolt Winner:
       Guice (Google)
  Productivity Winners:
       Eclipse Modeling Project (Eclipse Foundation)
       Zend Framework (Zend Technologies)
       JasperReports (JasperSoft)

  10.  Mobile Development Tools
  Jolt Winner:
       Mojax (mFoundry)
  Productivity Winners:
       Adobe Device Central CS3 (Adobe Systems)
       Eclipse Embedded Rich Client Platform (Eclipse Foundation)
       NetBeans IDE 6 with Sun Java Wireless Toolkit 2.5.2
       (Sun Microsystems)

  11.  Project Management Tools
  Jolt Winner:
       Rally Enterprise (Rally Software Development)
  Productivity Winners:
       ResultSpace (Sapient)
       TargetProcess On-Demand (TargetProcess)
       TeamCity (JetBrains)

  12.  Security Tools
  Jolt Winner:
       Fortify Defender: Real-Time Analyzer (Fortify Software)
  Productivity Winners:
       Crowd (Atlassian)
       DEFENSICS (Codenomicon)
       Ounce (Ounce Labs)

  13.  Testing Tools
  Jolt Winner:
       Clover 2.0 (Atlassian)
  Productivity Winners:
       JUnit Factory (Agitar Software)
       SOAPscope Tester (Mindreef)
       TestComplete Enterprise (AutomatedQA)

  15.  Utilities
  Jolt Winner:
       VMware Workstation (VMware)
  Productivity Winners:
       Adobe Captivate 3 (Adobe Systems)
       DemoWorks 2007 (ComponentOne)
       ANTS Profiler 3 (Red Gate Software)

  16.  Web Development
  Jolt Winner:
       Adobe ColdFusion 8 (Adobe Systems)
  Productivity Winners:
       3rdRail (CodeGear)
       NetBeans IDE 6 (Sun Microsystems)
       RSSBus (/n software)

  17. Websites and Developer Networks
  Jolt Winner:
       O'Reilly Radar (O'Reilly Media)
  Productivity Winners:
       CM Crossroads (CMC Media)
       Safari Books Online
       The Code Project

  JOLT HALL OF FAME WINNER: VMware Workstation

  Complete Jolt Awards details are available at

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