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The nominations have been made. The voting has been tallied. The first annual Developer.com Product of the Year 2002 awards are ready to be announced!

Our goal for these awards is to recognize the products and technologies that developers have already honored with investments of time and energy. We started the process by asking the readers of Developer.com, Gamelan.com, and CodeGuru.com to nominate their favorites. After a few weeks of voting, we condensed the list down to finalists and asked readers to vote once again. The resulting winners and finalists represent technology that is being used and that has gained the respect of an intensely active global community of professional developers.

We congratulate all of the companies that made it as finalists. (You can see a complete list of the finalists at www.Developer.com/pyear.) Additionally, we congratulate all of the winners. Without further ado, the winners are...

Technology of the Year

Technology includes standards, tools, methodology, and more. Over the last year, a number of technologies have received attention. One technology has taken a step forward in a number of ways. This technology is Java 2 version 1.4.

Most remarkable in the release of Java 2 version 1.4 is the community process that was used for making improvements. The Java Community Process (JCP), which is made up of 39 companies, resulted in a collaborative effort for improvements to the prior version of Java. These improvements included new GUI controls, accelerated Java 2Dtm graphics performance, expanded internationalization and localization, new I/O and 64-bit support (for tasks such as large-scale data mining and business intelligence), additional support for standards (such as LDAP, SSL, XML, and CORBA), and additional support for Windows XP.

Java is, and continues to be, a technology that enables you to focus on one development language and yet support many platforms across an enterprise. By using the JCP, Java 2 version 1.4 continues to make the "one language, any platform" pledge closer to reality than ever.

The winner is a technology platform, language, and environment that continues to be used by developers for hard-core development. Sun's Java 2 version 1.4 receives the award for the Developer.com Product of the Year 2002—Technology.

The Technology of the Year finalists were:
  • C# Language
  • Eclipse v2.x
  • Java 2 Version 1.4
  • Macromedia Flash MX
  • Microsoft .NET Framework
  • PHP
  • Web Services
  • 802.11b standard

Development Tool of the Year

The most popular category among readers was the Developer.com Product of the Year 2002—Development Tool of the Year. The winner in this category should not be a surprise to anyone. Released at the beginning of 2002, this product has been in the news nearly every day since.

Microsoft Visual Studio .NET was a radical upgrade from Microsoft's previous versions of Visual Studio. Within this product is a re-written version of the Visual Basic language that includes true object-oriented programming. Also included is a new language, C# (CSharp), as well as updated versions of JScript and C++. Microsoft Visual Studio .NET was built with the intent of providing the features that developers need to build applications today. It includes a complete set of tools for developing dynamic Web-based applications using ASP.NET. It also includes XML support for tapping into data stored as XML as well as for creating XML Web Services. With numerous wizards and detailed help—including Intellisense that helps the developer in writing code—Microsoft has made this a very approachable development tool even for beginners. Finally, by using the .NET Framework, Microsoft has built a development environment that transitions from one language to another with little differences. Microsoft Visual Studio .NET is well on its way to delivering on its promise of a single tool for any programming language.

Microsoft Visual Studio .NET receives the award Developer.com Product of the Year 2002—Development Tool.

The Development Tool of the Year finalists were:

  • Adobe GoLive 6.0
  • Borland Kylix 3
  • Borland Delphi 7
  • Eclipse 2.x
  • Intelli J IDEA
  • IBM WebSphere Application Developer
  • Microsoft Visual Studio .NET
  • OptimalJ From Compuware
  • UltraEdit/UltraEdit-32
  • Visual MainWIn 5
  • Visual SlickEdit

The Enterprise Development Tool of the Year

Whereas the Development Tool of the Year can focus on any development tool, the Enterprise category is focused on tools aimed at corporate, large-scale application development. The finalists in this category spanned several platforms. Again, however, one product stood out—Microsoft Visual Studio .NETreceives the Developer.com Product of the Year 2002—Enterprise Development Tool.

The finalist for Enterprise Development Tool of the Year were:

  • Borland Enterprise Studio
  • ClientSoft's ClientBuilder v7.5
  • Codagen Architect
  • DevPartner Studio Enterprise Edition
  • IBM WebSphere Application Developer
  • Microsoft Visual Studio .NET
  • Microsoft MSDN Universal Subscription
  • Oracle9i JDeveloper
  • Rational Suite Enterprise
  • Sun ONE Studio

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This article was originally published on December 18, 2002

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