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Winners of the Developer.com's Product of the Year 2008 Are Announced

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Java Tool or Add-in

The finalists were:

  • Eclipse IDE
  • Java Applet plug-in
  • JRuby
  • Maven
  • NetBeans IDE

And the winner is NetBeans IDE but it does not stand alone. This is the category where the product with the next highest number of votes was less than 2% behind the winner.

Comments from a few of the nominators regarding NetBeans were:

  • Eases development with the best out-of-the box experience and management
  • Supports Java desktop, mobile, enterprise, and web application development as well as Ruby, C/C++, and JavaScript
  • Innovative features such as JRuby/Ruby on Rails and .Net support
  • Most improved tool compared to last version

Runner-up: Eclipse IDE

Comments from a few of the nominators regarding the Eclipse IDE were:

  • Best all around Java development environment/IDE. Also works well with other technologies—ANT, and so forth
  • One of the best pieces of software out there with an outstanding number of developers using, developing, and extending for the greater good of all

JSR (Java Specification Request)

The finalists were:

  • JSR 223: Scripting for the Java Platform
  • JSR 241: The Groovy Programming Language
  • JSR 249: Mobile Service Architecture 2
  • JSR 277: Java Module System
  • JSR 318: Enterprise JavaBeans 3.1

And the winner is 223: Scripting for JavaTM Platform. One of the nominators selected it because:

  • Extends the Java platform with scripting technology
  • Standard API between Java and conforming scripting languages
  • Basis for JRuby, Quercus, and so on

.NET Tool or Add-in

The finalists were:

  • Enterprise Library for .NET Framework 2.0
  • Glassfish Web Services Interoperability Technology
  • Microsoft® Expression BlendTM
  • Microsoft® SilverlightTM
  • Visual SVN

And the winner is Glassfish Web Services Interoperability. The Web Services Interoperability within Glassfish allows data interoperability between .NET and Java. Considering how Java technologies has dominated this process, it is not surprising that this tool would win the .NET category.

Open Source Tool

The finalists were:

  • Apache Wicket
  • Java SE 6
  • JBoss Application Server
  • NetBeans IDE
  • Subversion

The winner is Subversion. Comments from a few of the nominators were:

  • Ease of use, the ability to support distributed teams without any administration headaches, and enterprise-class scalability have made Subversion the preferred solution for many distributed projects.
  • Works remotely and can integrate with ActiveDirectory security
  • Stability, Flexibility, Multiplatform support, great user base support/Community Suport, feature Rich, and has a great front end.
  • Security feature is amazing.
  • Just introduced advance merge tracking is simply awesome.
  • Can be used to version all data, not just source code
  • Subversion can be used by the strong and skilled professionals as well as by complete beginners.

Finalists are listed in alphabetical order and do not signify their ranking within the category.

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This article was originally published on January 15, 2008

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