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2012 Jolt Award Winners for Third-Party Libraries

, February 21, 2012 2012 Jolt Award Winners for Third-Party Libraries
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2012 Jolt Award Winners for Third-Party Libraries

A programming language would be a paltry thing, a "tattered cloak upon a stick," were it not for the libraries that are bundled with it. The vast functionality of C++, Java, and C# result directly from the libraries they rely on. However, these standard libraries evolve slowly and the gap between them and what developers need right now is necessarily filled by offerings from third parties. In this cycle of the Jolt Awards, the judges evaluated the major third-party libraries and came up with four particularly meritorious products. The top one, per the voting, receives the Jolt Award; the next two receive the Jolt Productivity Award; and the last finalist receives an honorable mention.

The judges in this category were: Mike Riley, David Dossot, Jonathan Harley, Gary Evans, Robert del Rossi, Rick Wayne, and Andrew Binstock. Before we get to the winners, Dr. Dobb's would like to thank our Jolt sponsors: Rackspace (for providing virtual machines for testing), and Safari Online (for providing access to numerous helpful books and resources).

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