CMP Media's Software Development Magazine Announces Finalists for the 13th Annual Jolt Product Excellence & Productivity Awards

Tools, Books and Websites Vie for Coveted Trophy

Jan 28, 2003

CMP Media's Software Development magazine today announced the 66 finalists for this year's Jolt Product Excellence and Productivity Awards. The finalists in 11 categories were chosen from more than 700 nominations by a team of Software Development editors, columnists and industry gurus.

For the past 12 years, Software Development Jolt Product Excellence and Productivity Awards have been presented annually to products that have "jolted" the industry with their significance and made the task of creating software faster, easier and more efficient. Jolt cola, the fabled soft drink quaffed by software programmers for sustenance during development project marathons, sponsors the awards presentation.

This year's awards ceremony will take place on March 26th at the Santa Clara Convention Center during SD West 2003, which attracts more than 5,000 software developers, renowned industry speakers and the press annually. Winners will also be featured in the June issue of Software Development magazine.

"The award categories are evolving to reflect the latest technologies," said Editor in Chief Alexandra Weber Morales. "This year, we created a new category for tools that aid designing, building, testing or deploying Web services. Business integration tools are also a new focus for the Jolts and we added awards for technical and more general books."

One Jolt Award and three Productivity Awards are presented for each category. Jolt Product Excellence Award winners receive a coveted trophy -- a can of Jolt cola encased in lucite. The 11 award categories are General Books, Technical Books, Business Integration and Data Tools, Design and Analysis Tools, Languages and Development Environments, Libraries, Frameworks and Components, Project Management Tools, Testing Tools, Utilities, Web Services Tools and Web Sites and Developer Networks.

  The finalists are:

  Books -- General
  -- Agile Software Development:  Principles, Patterns and Practices by
     Robert C. Martin (Pearson Education)
  -- Documenting Software Architectures:  Views and Beyond by Paul Clements,
     Felix Bachmann, Len Bass, David Garlan, James Ivers, Reed Little,
     Robert Nord, and Judith Stafford (Addison-Wesley)
  -- Hacker's Delight by Henry S. Warren, Jr. (Addison-Wesley)
  -- Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture by Martin Fowler
  -- Test-Driven Development:  By Example by, Kent Beck (Addison- Wesley)
  -- The Art of Deception:  Controlling the Human Element of Security by
     Kevin D. Mitnick and William L. Simon (Wiley)

  Books -- Technical
  -- Ant, The Definitive Guide by Jesse Tilly and Eric M. Burke (O'Reilly)
  -- Core Java 2, Vol. 1: Fundamentals (6th edition) by Cay Horstmann and
     Gary Cornell (Prentice Hall PTR)
  -- PHP and MySQL Web Development by Luke Welling and Laura Thompson (Sams
  -- Processing XML with Java: A Guide to SAX, DOM, JDOM, JAXP, and TRAX by
     Elliotte Rusty Harold (Addison-Wesley)
  -- Thinking in Java (3rd edition) by Bruce Eckel (Prentice Hall PTR)
  -- Understanding Web Services by Eric Newcomer (Addison-Wesley)

  Business Integration and Data Tools
  -- Borland JDataStore 6 (Borland)
  -- IBM WebSphere Studio (IBM)
  -- Macromedia ColdFusion MX (Macromedia)
  -- SQL Anywhere Studio (Sybase)
  -- Visual Studio .NET Enterprise Architect (Microsoft)

  Design and Analysis Tools
  -- ArgoUML ( )
  -- Analyst Pro (Goda Software)
  -- Codagen Architect 3.0 (Codagen)
  -- Rhapsody (I-Logix)
  -- SmartDraw (
  -- Together WebSphere Studio Edition (TogetherSoft, now part of Borland)

  Languages and Development Environments
  -- Borland C++ Builder 6 Enterprise (Borland)
  -- Borland Jbuilder 8 Performance Bundle (Borland)
  -- Groove Toolkit for Microsoft Visual Studio .NET (Groove Networks)
  -- IBM WebSphere Studio - Eclipse Development Platform (IBM)
  -- IntelliJ IDEA 3.0 (JetBrains)
  -- XMLSPY 5 Enterprise Edition (Altova)

  Libraries, Frameworks, and Components
  -- .NET Compact Framework 1.0 (Microsoft)
  -- CLX (Borland Software)
  -- ComponentOne Studio Enterprise (ComponentOne)
  -- KDCalc (Knowledge Dynamics)
  -- KSOAP -- J2ME SOAP Parser
     ( )
  -- JClass (Sitraka, now part of Quest Software)

  Project Management Tools
  -- Active! Focus (Xapware Technologies)
  -- ActiveCM (Telelogic AB)
  -- MKS Integrity Manager with MKS Source Integrity Enterprise Edition
  -- Perforce (Perforce Software)
  -- Select Process Director (Aonix)
  -- Test Track Pro (Seapine Software)

  Testing Tools
  -- Borland Optimizeit Suite 5 (Borland)
  -- eValid (Software Research)
  -- JProbe (Sitraka, now part of Quest Software)
  -- Jtest (Parasoft)
  -- SilkTest (Segue)
  -- WebQA (Watchfire)

  -- Anthill (Urbancode)
  -- DevPartner Java Edition (Compuware)
  -- DevPartner Studio Professional Edition (Compuware)
  -- InstallAnywhere Enterprise Edition (Zero G. Software)
  -- InstallShield Developer (InstallShield Software)
  -- RoboHelp X3 (eHelp)

  Web Services Tools
  -- BEA WebLogic Workshop (BEA Systems)
  -- BizTalk Server 2002 (Microsoft)
  -- IBM WebSphere Studio (IBM)
  -- M7 Application Assembly Platform (M7)
  -- Macromedia Contribute (Macromedia)
  -- SOAP Scope 1.0 (Mindreef)
  -- SOAPtest (Parasoft)

  Web Sites and Developer Networks
  -- BEA dev2dev Online (BEA Systems)
  -- IBM alphaWorks (IBM)
  -- Intel Developer Services (Intel)
  -- ( )
  -- MSDN (Microsoft)
  -- (BetaSoft)

This year Software Development readers will also choose their own winners in each category for a popularity-based Productivity Award.

More information on the Jolt Product Excellence and Productivity Awards is available at

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