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Jolt Award Winners Announced

March 05, 2008

Dr. Dobb's has announced the winners of the 18th annual Jolt Product Excellence and Productivity Awards at the SD West 2008 conference. The Jolt Awards recognize those products, books, and websites that have "jolted" the industry in the past year. Winners are selected by a panel of judges consisting of industry insiders, columnists, and technology leaders. This year's winners include:

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), and Release It! Design and Deploy Production-Ready Software by Michael T. Nygard

Technical Books

  • Jolt Winner: Continuous Integration: Improving Software Quality and Reducing Risk by Paul Duvall, Steve Matyas, Andrew Glover (Addison-Wesley Professional)
  • 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), and The Rails Way by Obie Fernandez (Addison-Wesley Professional)

Change and Configuration Management

  • Jolt Winner: FishEye (Atlassian)
  • Productivity Winners: IncrediBuild (Xoreax Software), Surround SCM (Seapine Software), and DiffMerge (SourceGear)

Collaboration Tools

  • Jolt Winner: Code Collaborator (Smart Bear)
  • Productivity Winners: codeBeamer 5.0 (Intland Software), Confluence (Atlassian), and TeamCity (JetBrains)

Database Engines and Data Tools

  • Jolt Winner: AquaLogic Data Services Platform (BEA Systems)
  • Productivity Winners: Aleri Streaming Platform (Aleri), Crystal Reports (Business Objects), and EnterpriseDB Advanced Server (EnterpriseDB)

Design and Modeling Tools

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

Development Environments

  • Jolt Winner: NetBeans IDE 6 (Sun Microsystems)
  • Productivity Winners: IntelliJ IDEA (JetBrains), CodeRush with Refactor! Pro (Developer Express), and Komodo IDE 4 (ActiveState)

Enterprise Tools

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

Libraries, Frameworks and Components

  • Jolt Winner: Guice (Google)
  • Productivity Winners: Eclipse Modeling Project (Eclipse Foundation), Zend Framework (Zend Technologies), and JasperReports (JasperSoft)

Mobile Development Tools

  • Jolt Winner: Mojax (mFoundry)
  • Productivity Winners: Adobe Device Central CS3 (Adobe Systems), Eclipse Embedded Rich Client Platform (Eclipse Foundation), and NetBeans IDE 6 with Sun Java Wireless Toolkit 2.5.2 (Sun Microsystems)

Project Management Tools

  • Jolt Winner: Rally Enterprise (Rally Software Development)
  • Productivity Winners: ResultSpace (Sapient), TargetProcess On-Demand (TargetProcess), and TeamCity (JetBrains)

Security Tools

  • Jolt Winner: Fortify Defender: Real-Time Analyzer (Fortify Software)
  • Productivity Winners: Crowd (Atlassian), DEFENSICS (Codenomicon), and Ounce (Ounce Labs)

Testing Tools

  • Jolt Winner: Clover 2.0 (Atlassian)
  • Productivity Winners: JUnit Factory (Agitar Software), SOAPscope Tester (Mindreef), and TestComplete Enterprise (AutomatedQA)


  • Jolt Winner: VMware Workstation (VMware)
  • Productivity Winners: Adobe Captivate 3 (Adobe Systems), DemoWorks 2007 (ComponentOne), and ANTS Profiler 3 (Red Gate Software)

Web Development

  • Jolt Winner: Adobe ColdFusion 8 (Adobe Systems)
  • Productivity Winners: 3rdRail (CodeGear), NetBeans IDE 6 (Sun Microsystems), and RSSBus (/n software)

Websites and Developer Networks

  • Jolt Winner: O’Reilly Radar (O’Reilly Media)
  • Productivity Winners: CM Crossroads (CMC Media), Safari Books Online, and The Code Project

Jolt Hall of Fame Winner: VMware Workstation

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