TechWeb Announces Winners of the 19th Annual Jolt Product Excellence & Productivity Awards

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

Mar 11, 2009

Today TechWeb announced the winners of the 19th annual Jolt Product Excellence and Productivity Awards at a gala award ceremony at Software Development West 2009 Conference and Expo (SD West), held at the Santa Clara Convention Center. The ceremony was hosted by Andrew Binstock, Technology Analyst, Columnist, Editor and Jolt Judge. The Hall of Fame award was presented to Compuware DevPartner by C.J. Rapp, the president and CEO of JOLT's parent company Wet Planet Beverages. Complete Jolt Awards details are available at

For the past 18 years, the Jolt Product Excellence Awards have been presented annually to products and books that have "jolted" the industry with their significance and made the task of creating software faster, easier, and more efficient. The awards presentation is sponsored by JOLT, the fabled soft drink quaffed by software developers for sustenance during project development marathons. Jolt Productivity Awards are awarded to those that came in a close second to the winners.

"This year was an exceptionally exciting year for our judges, because there were so many strong contenders in every category," said Amber Ankerholz, Jolt Award project manager. "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 19th Jolt Product Excellence Awards and the recipients of the Jolt Productivity Awards are:

  1.  General Books
  Jolt Winner:
        Adrenaline Junkies and Template Zombies: Understanding Patterns of
        Project Behavior by Tom Demarco, Peter Hruschka, Tim Lister, Suzanne
        Robertson, James Robertson and Steve McMenamin (Dorset House
  Productivity Winners:
        Emergent Design: The Evolutionary Nature of Professional Software
        Development by Scott L. Bain (Addison-Wesley Professional)
        Intellectual Property and Open Source: A Practical Guide to
        Protecting Code by Van Lindberg (O'Reilly Media)

  2.  Technical Books
  Jolt Winner:
        Real World Haskell by Bryan O'Sullivan, John Goerzen and Don
        Stewart (O'Reilly Media)
  Productivity Winners:
        High Performance MySQL: Optimization, Backups, Replication, and More
        by Baron Schwartz, Peter Zaitsev, Vadim Tkachenko, Jeremy Zawodny,
        Arjen Lentz and Derek J. Balling (O'Reilly Media)
        Programming in Scala by Martin Odersky, Lex Spoon and Bill Venners
        (Artima Press)

  3.  Change and Configuration Management Tools
  Jolt Winner:
        OpenMake Meister (OpenMake Software)
  Productivity Winners:
        AccuRev  (AccuRev)
        Change Manager (Embarcadero Technologies)

  4.  Database Engines and Data Tools
  Jolt Winner:
        Postgres Plus (EnterpriseDB)
  Productivity Winners:
        Aqua Data Studio (AquaFold)
        Vertica Analytic Database (Vertica Systems)

  5.  Design Tools and Modeling
  Jolt Winner:
        Blueprint Requirements Center (Blueprint Software Systems)
  Productivity Winners:
        RAVEN (Ravenflow)
        Screen Architect (Screen Architect Ltd. / Catch Ltd.)

  6.  Development Environments
  Jolt Winner:
        Altova MissionKit (Altova)
  Productivity Winners:
        JBuilder 2008 (Embarcadero Technologies)
        ReSharper 4.1 (JetBrains)

  7.  Enterprise Tools
  Jolt Winner:
        MindTouch Deki (MindTouch)
  Productivity Winners:
        Agile Platform (OutSystems)
        Zenoss Core (Zenoss)

  8.  Libraries, Frameworks and Components
  Jolt Winner:
        ComponentOne Studio for Silverlight (ComponentOne)
  Productivity Winners:
        Essential Studio Enterprise Edition (Syncfusion)
        Threading Building Blocks Library 2.1 (Intel)

  9.  Mobile and Web Development Tools
  Jolt Winner:
        MITE (Keynote Systems)
  Productivity Winners:
        Adobe Device Central (Adobe Systems)
        NetBeans IDE (Sun Microsystems)

  10.  Project Management Tools
  Jolt Winner:
        Pivotal Tracker (Pivotal Labs)
  Productivity Winners:
        Rally Enterprise (Rally Software Development)
        ScrumWorks Pro (Danube Technologies)

  11.  Security Tools
  Jolt Winner:
        Parasoft Application Security Solution (Parasoft)
  Productivity Winners:
        GuardIT (Arxan)
        InTrust for Databases (Quest Software)

  12.  Testing Tools
  Jolt Winner:
        easyb (
  Productivity Winners:
        Compuware DevPartner Studio (Compuware)
        SONAR (SonarSource)

  13.  Utilities
  Jolt Winner:
        HttpWatch (Simtec Ltd.)
  Productivity Winners:
        DotTrace (JetBrains)
        JavaRebel (ZeroTurnaround)

  Jolt Hall of Fame Winner: DevPartner (Compuware)

  About TechWeb

TechWeb, the global leader in business technology media, is an innovative business focused on serving the needs of technology decision-makers and marketers worldwide. TechWeb produces the most respected and consumed media brands in the business technology market. Today, more than 13.3 million* business technology professionals actively engage in our communities created around our global face-to-face events Interop, Web 2.0, Black Hat, VoiceCon and SD West; online resources such as the TechWeb Network, Light Reading, Intelligent Enterprise, Dr. Dobb's,,, and The Financial Technology Network; and the market leading, award-winning InformationWeek, TechNet Magazine, MSDN Magazine, Wall Street & Technology magazines. TechWeb also provides end-to-end services ranging from next-generation performance marketing, integrated media, research, and analyst services. TechWeb is a division of United Business Media, a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $2.5 billion.

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