17th Annual Jolt Product Excellence Awards Finalists


Winners of the 17th Annual Jolt Product Excellence Awards will be announced at SD West 2007 in Santa Clara, CA in late March. Here are the categories with Microsoft products as finalists:

Change and Configuration Management

AccuRev 4.5 with AccuWorkflow (Accurev)
AnthillPro3 (Urbancode)
Automated Build Studio (AutomatedQA)
FLEXnet Connect (Macrovision)
Perforce SCM (Perforce)
Team Foundation Server (Microsoft Corporation)
CA Wily Introscope ChangeDetector (CA / Wily Technology)

Database Engines and Data Tools

Coral8 Engine (Coral8)
dbdeploy (ThoughtWorks)
MarkLogic Server (Mark Logic)
SQL Anywhere (Sybase iAnywhere)
SQL Refactor (Red Gate Software)
Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals (Microsoft)

Development Environments

EiffelStudio Open Source Edition (Eiffel Software)
IntelliJ IDEA (JetBrains)
IronPython (Microsoft)
Microsoft XNA Game Studio Express, XNA Framework (Microsoft)
NetBeans IDE (Sun Microsystems)
Wolfram Workbench (Wolfram Research)

Libraries, Frameworks and Components

JViews (ILOG)
NetAdvantage for .NET (Infragistics)
telerik r.a.d.controls for WinForms (Telerik)
.NET Framework 3.0 (Microsoft)
Intel Threading Building Blocks (Intel)
Microsoft XNA Game Studio Express, XNA Framework (Microsoft)
The Mono Project (Novell)

Update: Original post missed a Microsoft Press finalist.

Books (Practical/General Developer Interest)

Agile Software Development: The Cooperative Game (Addison-Wesley) by Alistair Cockburn
Catastrophe Disentanglement (Addison-Wesley) by E. M. Bennatan
Eric Sink on the Business of Software (Apress) by Eric Sink
Practices of an Agile Developer (Pragmatic Bookshelf) by Venkat Subramaniam and Andy Hunt
Software Creativity 2.0 (DeveloperDotStar) by Robert L. Glass
Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art (Microsoft Press) by Steve McConnell
Weinberg on Writing: The Fieldstone Method (Dorset House) by Gerald M. Weinberg

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Comments (6)

  1. tzagotta says:

    How about the category “Books (Practical/General Developer Interest)” with “Software Estimation: Demystifying the Black Art (Microsoft Press) by Steve McConnell”?

    Rob says: An oversight on my part; I’ll add the book categories.

    Also, I just wanted to comment on the Development Environment.  I think it is a major oversight or bad decision that Visual Studio is not in that list, especially compared to IntelliJ IDEA and Netbeans, both of which are toys compared to Visual Studio.  I use all three environments, and it is ludicrous in my opinion to see Visual Studio not present in that category.  I realize that Visual Studio was the top pick in that category last year, but what have IDEA and Netbeans added since last year to somehow surpass Visual Studio?  Nothing, in my view.

    Rob says: If I understand the rules of the competition, Visual Studio 2005 isn’t eligible for this year’s awards because it didn’t ship in 2006; it shipped in 2005. That’s why it was in last year’s competition.
  2. Zuz says:

    dude you have never really "used" IntelliJ then….

  3. The SRLTeam Blog on TFS Custom Controls. Martin Woodward on Changeset based Build Numbering. Rob…

  4. Josh says:

    Have you guys ever seen software change and configuration management tools depicted on YouTube before? These are a take off of the I’m a Mac/I’m a PC ads and are a riot if you’ve ever used Clearcase before. Where are the TeamSystem videos? 🙂

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmOYEe9JqAI

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msDuQoKqysw

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d-Ny2zYowVM

  5. Rob Caron says:

    As reported on Cameron Skinner’s blog , Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals won

  6. RSS It All says:

    As reported on Cameron Skinner's blog , Visual Studio 2005 Team Edition for Database Professionals

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