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Wireless Development Product of the Year

Wireless and mobile development is a growing area with lots of technologies. Developer.com recently expanded its coverage of wireless and mobile development. You can see this at www.developer.com/wireless.

Java 2 Mobile Edition (J2ME) has become popular for developing mobile applications—so popular that a number of J2ME-compliant toolkits are available from companies such as Sun, Nokia, and Sprint. Oracle JDeveloper 9.0.3 with J2ME Extensions has made using J2ME and these toolkits relatively easy by including the ability for JDeveloper to integrate with any J2ME-compliant toolkit. JDeveloper offers full support for mobile application development—you can take advantage of the JDeveloper environment for developing, debugging, and deploying your mobile and wireless applications.

Oracle JDeveloper 9.0.3 with J2ME Extensions receives the Developer.com Product of the Year 2002—Wireless Development Product.

The Wireless Development Product of the Year finalists were:

  • Nokia Mobile Internet Toolkit 3.1
  • Oracle JDeveloper 9.0.3 with JDeveloper J2MEtm extensions
  • Binary Runtime Environment for Wirelesstm (BREW) SDK 2.0
  • Microsoft Mobile Internet Toolkit 1.0
  • The Sun Java[tm] 2 Platform Micro Edition, (J2ME) Wireless Toolkit
  • Openwave SDK 6.1
  • iAnywhere Solutions m-Business Studio
  • IBM WebSphere Device Developer
  • BlueMoon Studio

Java Tool/Add-in of the Year

Java continues to be one of the strongest platforms for developing applications. As such, there are a number of great products available specifically for Java. One product that rises to the top is Borland JBuilder.

Borland JBuilder supports features such as Web services, UML, enterprise-level debugging, and team development, thus making it an enterprise-strength application for supporting J2EE applications. Borland JBuilder provides the ability to create dynamic Web applications that use technologies such as Apachetm Struts, servlets, JSPtm, and XML. You can also create Enterprise JavaBeans (EJBs) with its EJB Designer. Its Entity Bean Modeler can be used to create mappings to data sources, tables, indexes, fields, and more. As a Java tool, there is true cross-platform support for developing Java applications on multiple platforms including Windows, Linux, and Solaris. Developers can also use Borland JBuilder to better understand their existing applications by building UML models directly from the code. All in all, Borland JBuilder is loaded with features and tools for building Java applications. It is no surprise that it is the leading Java development tool.

Borland JBuilder receives the award for Developer.com Product of the Year 2002—Java Tool/Add-in.

The Java Tool/Add-in of the Year finalists were:

  • Apache Ant 1.5.x
  • Borland JBuilder 7
  • Eclipse 2.x
  • JBoss 2.4.x/3.x
  • JUnit 3.8.x
  • Resin.-CMP 2.1.0
  • NetBeans 3.4
  • OptimalJ

.NET Tool/Add-in of the Year

It was obvious that .NET had a big impact over the last year. With products being released to support this new platform and framework, we thought it would be interesting to add a category related specifically to the new .NET platform.

Borland Delphi 7 Studio has incorporated the ability to develop and migrate Delphi applications to .NET. By using the Delphi compiler, applications can be built using the .NET Framework along with the Delphi language.

Borland Delphi 7 Studio receives the award for Developer.com Product of the Year 2002—.NET Tool/Add-in.

The .NET Tool/Add-in of the Year finalists were:

  • Identify's AppSight Black Box solutions
  • Borland Delphitm 7 Studio
  • DevPartner Studio
  • Dundas Chart for .NET
  • Microsoft Visual C# .NET
  • Microsoft Visual Studio .NET
  • ASP.NET Web Matrix
  • Wise for Visual Studio .NET
  • Dotfuscator Professional Edition
  • In Conclusion

    The staff at Developer.com would like to thank all the readers for their nominations, feedback, votes, and other support. There are a number of great products available to developers. Developer.com is proud to be able to continue to provide its readers with information on the products and technologies that are impacting developers. Following is a table summarizing the winner in each category.

    Once again, congratulations to all of the finalists as well as to the winners.

    Technology Sun's Java 2 Version 1.4
    Development ToolMicrosoft Visual Studio .NET
    Enterprise Development ToolMicrosoft Visual Studio .NET
    Development UtilityApache Ant 1.5.x
    Database-Related ProductMySQL by MySQL AB
    Web Services ProductwebMethods Integration Platform by webMethods
    Wireless Development ProductOracle JDeveloper 9.0.3 with J2ME Extensions
    Java Tool/Add-inBorland JBuilder 7
    .NET Tool/Add-inBorland Delphi 7 Studio

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    This article was originally published on December 18, 2002

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