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Developer.com Product of the Year 2003 Results

  • February 3, 2004
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Development Utility of the Year

XML is prevalent in Web services and stand-alone applications today so it only makes sense that a XML editor would be nominated for the Development Utility of the Year. Not only was it nominated, but one has also won the Development Utility of the Year category.

XMLSPY 2004 by Altova is an enterprise level tool that allows developers to design, create, and debug XML. It had an advantage over other products in that it is used by both Java and .NET developers as well as database developers.

Some of the features that set XMLSPY apart from similar tools is its Web services support, code generation, XML mapping, programming-language support and .NET integration.

xmlspy 2004 receives the Developer.com Product of the Year 2003- Development Utility.

The Development Utility of the Year finalists were:

  • Borland CodeWright
  • Crystal Decisions Crystal Reports
  • CVS 1.10.8
  • Visual SlickEdit

Best DBMS or Related Technology of the Year

This year we have a repeat winner. In many ways the win here can be a nod towards the practice of open source software as well as for the database technology itself. MySQL AB's MySQL database is an enterprise grade database serving a base of 4 million installations. Some of its bigger name users are Yahoo, Associated Press, and NASA. The biggest differentiation this product has over it competitors is the open source base. While MySQL is backed by a for-profit company that sells warranted commercial versions, on-line support, and professional services, it is the input from the developer community that makes a substantial difference. Those differences are displayed in the feature set, code quality and performance.

MySQL AB's MySQL receives the Developer.com Product of the Year 2002-Database-Related Product.

The Best DBMS or Related Technology of the Year finalists were:

  • Embarcadero ER/Studio
  • IBM DB2 Universal Database
  • InterSystems Cachi
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000
  • Oracle 9i Database
  • PointBase Micro Edition

Wireless Development Product of the Year

The number of development tools in the wireless area continues to grow. Additionally, many of the past development tools have been modified to target mobile devices as well. While some products and platforms seem to be getting less attention (such as Symbian and Openwave), others seem to be getting hotter (such as J2ME).

With Java dominating as the development platform for mobile devices, it is no surprise that a Java toolkit took the winning position for the Wireless Development Product of the Year for 2003. Sun's Wireless Toolkit 2.1 includes advanced features for mobile development including MIDlet signing, certificate management, integrated over-the-air (OTA) emulation, push registry emulation, and WMA emulation features for SMS and CBS messages.

Sun's J2ME Wireless Toolkit 2.1 receives the Developer.com Product of the Year 2003- Wireless Development Product.

The Wireless Development Product of the Year finalists were:

  • Borland C++BuilderX
  • CA Advantage Plex for Distributed Systems
  • IBM WebSphere Everyplace Access
  • Nokia Developer's Suite 2.0 for J2ME
  • QUALCOMM BREW SDK 3.0
  • Sybase's SQL Anywhere Studio Development Edition v 9.x
  • Visual Studio .NET 2003

Web Service of the Year

The Web Service of the Year category is one that we consider a little unique. This is an area where there are tools, standards, and also actual services. The nominations included all three areas. The finalist also included all three areas. In narrowing the finalist down to a winner, however, it was decided that a service and a standard would share the honor. The Amazon.com Web Service would receive the Web Service of the Year 2003 honor and the WS-I Standard would also receive the recognition as the Web Service Tool/Standard of the Year for 2003 honor.

The winner, however, is the Amazon.com Web Service. This service is available to the public and is indicative of how a company can create and use a service to help drive its business. The Amazon.com web service allows other businesses as well as individuals tap into the information on the Amazon.com web site. This gives the ability to incorporate book and other product information direction into ones applications or sites by tapping into a set of standard interfaces.

This category was expanded into two winners. The Web Service Interoperability Interface Organization has been named the Web Service Tool/Standard of the Year 2003. This organization is creating standards to allow the interoperability of platforms, operating systems, and programming languages. While this is an organization rather than a standard, its impact on standards and on the ability for web services to succeed is growing.

Amazon.com Web Service receives the Developer.com Product of the Year 2003- Web Service of the Year and
Web Services Interoperability Standard (WS-I) receives the Developer.com Product of the Year 2003- Web Service Standard/Tool.

The Web Service of the Year finalists were:

  • BEA WebLogic Workshop
  • Cape Clear CapeStudio 3
  • Grand Central Communications Business Services Network
  • IBM WebSphere SDK for Web Services (WSDK) 5.1
  • IBM WebSphere Studio
  • Oak Leaf Enterprises Mere Mortals .NET
  • WebMethods Integration Platform




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