CMP Media's Software Development Magazine Announces Finalists for the 15th Annual Jolt Product Excellence & Productivity Awards

Developer Tools, Books and Websites Vie for Coveted Trophy

Jan 19, 2005

CMP Media's Software Development magazine today announced the 108 finalists for this year's Jolt Product Excellence and Productivity Awards. The finalists in 15 categories were chosen from 288 nominations by a team of Software Development editors, columnists and industry gurus.

For the past 14 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 developers for sustenance during development project marathons, sponsors the awards presentation.

This year's awards ceremony will take place on March 16 at the Santa Clara Convention Center during SD West 2005, which attracts more than 3,000 software developers, renowned industry speakers and press annually. Winners will also be featured in the June issue of Software Development magazine.

"The explosion of interest in the Jolt Awards this year may portend a developer tool renaissance," commented Editor in Chief, Alexandra Weber Morales. "After several years of vendor consolidation and stifling economics, it appears there's a new flourishing of concepts in such leading-edge areas as mobile applications, aspect-oriented programming and design agents. The finalists represent a cross section of the best and brightest tools for every phase of the software development lifecycle."

Technical Editor Rosalyn Lum added, "Each year, the competition gets tougher, with many more products contending for the Software Development Jolt and Productivity Awards. And as markets evolve, we're finding that the maturity in certain niches warrants new categories. For instance, Project Management Tools became Management Tools this year in order to include analysis and portfolio management; and the Design and Analysis Tools category was changed to Design Tools to accommodate the growing number of products in that field. This constant refinement was also extended to Testing Tools -- this time, we distinguished between Automated Testing Tools and Defect Tracking Tools. It's truly an exciting year."

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 finalists are:

  Books:  General
  -- Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products by Jim Highsmith
     (Addison-Wesley Professional)
  -- Crystal Clear: A Human-Powered Methodology for Small Teams by Alistair
     Cockburn (Addison-Wesley Professional)
  -- Exploiting Software: How to Break Code by Greg Hoglund and Gary McGraw
     (Addison-Wesley Professional )
  -- Head First Design Patterns by Elisabeth Freeman, Eric Freeman, Bert
     Bates and Kathy Sierra (O'Reilly)
  -- Hiring the Best Knowledge Workers, Techies & Nerds: The Secrets &
     Science of Hiring Technical People by Johanna Rothman and Gerald M.
     Weinberg (Dorset House)
  -- Joel on Software by Joel Spolsky (Apress)
  -- Refactoring to Patterns by Joshua Kerievsky (Addison-Wesley
  -- Software Factories: Assembling Applications with Patterns, Models,
     Frameworks and Tools by Jack Greenfield, Keith Short, Steve Cook,
     Stuart Kent, John Crupi (Wiley)

  Books:  Technical
  -- Better, Faster, Lighter Java by Bruce A. Tate and Justin Gehtland
  -- C++ Coding Standards: 101 Rules, Guidelines, and Best Practices by Herb
     Sutter and Andrei Alexandrescu (Addison-Wesley Professional )
  -- Head First Servlets & JSP by Bert Bates, Kathy Sierra and Bryan Basham
  -- Hibernate: A Developer's Notebook by James Elliott (O'Reilly)
  -- Java Developer's Guide to Eclipse, Second Edition by Jim D'Anjou, Scott
     Fairbrother, Dan Kehn, John Kellerman, Pat McCarthy (Addison-Wesley
  -- Mono : A Developer's Notebook by Edd Dumbill and Niel M. Bornstein
  -- Perl Medic: Transforming Legacy Code by Peter J. Scott (Addison-Wesley
  -- Physically Based Rendering: (Theory to Implementation (The Interactive
     3d Technology Series) by Matt Pharr and Greg Humphreys (Morgan

  Business Integration and Data Tools
  -- Compiere 5.1 (Compiere/open source)
  -- DT/Studio 2.3 (Embarcadero Technologies)
  -- EnterpriseTenFold (TenFold)
  -- ILOG Rules for .NET (ILOG)
  -- MapForce 2005 Enterprise Edition (Altova)
  -- sforce 5.0 (
  -- Speech Server (Microsoft)
  -- Toad for Oracle 8.0 (Quest Software)

  Change and Configuration Management Tools
  -- AccuRev 3.5 (AccuRev)
  -- CodeBeamer 3.5 (Intland Software)
  -- Dimensions 9.0 (Serena Software)
  -- SCM 2004 (Perforce)
  -- SourceForge Enterprise Edition 4.2 (VA Software)
  -- Subversion 2004 (CollabNet)

  Design Tools
  -- MagicDraw UML 8.0 (No Magic)
  -- MetaEdit+ 4.0 (MetaCase)
  -- Rational Software Architect (IBM)
  -- Smart Development Environment 2.0 (Visual Paradigm International)
  -- SmartDraw 2.0 (
  -- Together Designer 2005 (Borland)
  -- Visual UML 4.1 (Visual Object Modelers)
  -- WayPointer Highlighter 4.0 (Jaczone AB)

  Languages and Development Environments
  -- Borland Delphi 2005 (Borland)
  -- CodeRush 1.1 for Visual Studio (Developer Express)
  -- Eclipse 3.0 (Eclipse Foundation)
  -- IntelliJ IDEA 4.5 (JetBrains)
  -- JBoss AOP 1.0 (JBoss)
  -- Python 2.4 (
  -- REALbasic 5.5 for Windows Professional Edition (REAL Software)
  -- Sun Java Studio Enterprise 7 (Sun Microsystems)

  Libraries, Frameworks and Components
  -- Big Faceless Java PDF Library 2.0 (Big Faceless Organization)
  -- ComponentOne Studio Enterprise 4.0 (ComponentOne)
  -- Hibernate 2.1 (JBoss)
  -- ImageGear Professional 14 (AccuSoft)
  -- LEIF 2.2 (Rogue Wave)
  -- Sun Java 2 Platform Standard Edition 5.0 (Sun Microsystems)
  -- Xtreme Toolkit 9.51 Professional Edition (Codejock)

  Management Tools
  -- Active! Focus 2.0 (Xapware Technologies)
  -- Autotask 10.0 (Autotask)
  -- CaliberRM 2005 (Borland)
  -- Cost Xpert 3.3 (Cost Xpert Group)
  -- Rational Portfolio Manager (IBM)
  -- Primavera IT Project Office 4.1 (Primavera Systems)
  -- SpeeDEV 4.0 - LME (Lifecycle Management Enterprise) (SpeeDEV)
  -- V1: Scrum1.5 (VersionOne)

  Mobile Development Tools
  -- Borland C++ 2005 (Borland)
  -- CodeWarrior for Symbian 3.0 Professional (Nokia)
  -- ComponentOne 4.0 Studio Enterprise (ComponentOne)
  -- Crossfire 5.5 (AppForge)
  -- Flash Lite 1.1 (Macromedia)
  -- J2ME Wireless Toolkit 2.2 (Sun Microsystems)

  Security Tools
  -- Aladdin eSafe 4 (Aladdin Knowledge Systems)
  -- Aladdin eToken (Aladdin Knowledge Systems)
  -- CounterPoint 1.0 (Mirage Networks)
  -- Source Code Analysis 3.0 (Fortify Software)
  -- Internet Security & Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004 (Microsoft
  -- POPFile .22.2 (The POPFile Project; open source)

  Test:  Automated Test Tools
  -- Agitar Agitator and Dashboard 2.0 (Agitar)
  -- Eclipse Test & Performance Tools Platform (TPTP) and Testing Tool 3.0
     (the Eclipse Foundation)
  -- Jmeter 2.0 (The Apache Foundation; open source)
  -- LISA 2.5 (iTKO Inc.)
  -- Parasoft Jtest 5.1 (Parasoft)
  -- QA Wizard 2.4 (Seapine)
  -- TestComplete 3.0 (AutomatedQA)

  Test -- Defect Tracking Tools
  -- Census 6.0 (MetaQuest Software)
  -- FogBugz 3.1 (Fog Creek Software)
  -- JIRA 3.0 (Atlassian Software Systems)
  -- OnTime 2004 for Web and Windows (Axosoft)
  -- PowerTrack 2004 Add-In for Visual Studio (Axosoft)
  -- TestTrack Pro 7.0 (Seapine Software)

  -- AppExpress 2.5 (Endeavors Technology)
  -- Captivate 2004 (Macromedia)
  -- devAdvantage 2.1 (Anticipating Minds)
  -- InstallShield 10.5 (Macrovision)
  -- Omea Pro 1.0 (JetBrains)
  -- Quest JProbe 5.2 (Quest Software)
  -- Windows Installer XML 2.0 (WiX) (Microsoft)

  Web Development Tools
  -- CollabNet Enterprise Edition (CollabNet)
  -- Contribute 3.0 (Macromedia)
  -- FlexWiki 1.8 (Microsoft Shared Source Initiative)
  -- Macromedia Flex 1.5 (Macromedia)
  -- NitroX 2.0 (M7 Corporation)
  -- Sun Java Studio Creator (Sun Microsystems)
  -- Tomcat 5.0 (The Apache Jakarta Project and leading Tomcat contributor
  -- Zend Studio 4.0 (Zend Technologies)

  Websites and Developer Networks
  -- Agile Modeling Home Page (Ambysoft)
  -- developer.* ( (Daniel Read)
  -- eBay Developers Program (eBay)
  -- (
  -- IBM developerWorks (IBM)
  -- (Sun Microsystems)
  -- The O'Reilly Network (O'Reilly)

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