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Showing posts with label Jolt award. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jolt award. Show all posts

Monday, March 10, 2008

Jolt Awards update

The winners of the Dr. Dobb's Jolt Awards were announced last week. I was there, in San Francisco, for the gala event. It was a gas.

We didn't take home the Award, but I still feel like a winner. Before I explain why, I'd like to first extend our sincere congratulations to the NetBeans community, which won the Jolt for their NetBeans IDE 6, this year's pick for best development environment. They won the slot last year, too.

We came close, but didn't get the cigar. I suspect, but have not confirmed, that part of the reason was due to our focus on database applications, whereas NetBeans is a generic development tool.

Still, simply being in the running against world-class products such as NetBeans and the other finalists was very exciting. It also says a lot about how far Alpha Five has come over the years. To make the short list of the DDJ Jolt Awards is no easy feat.

We're in the company of giants. And our flagship products, Alpha Five Version 8 and the upcoming Alpha Five Platinum (which did not compete, as it is not yet released), are clearly worthy of consideration as top-tier enterprise application development platforms.

Dr. Dobb's hasn't released the full Jolt Award winners list yet, but we'll let you know when it's posted, and where to access it.

Again, I tip my hat to the NetBeans team and all the Jolt Award winners. And I also issue a friendly warning: We'll be back with Alpha Five Platinum :-)

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Alpha Five Version 8 is a finalist for a Dr. Dobb's Jolt award!

I was just going through some e-mail this afternoon (as I am apt to do), and I clicked on a message that read:

Jolt Award Finalists!

Spam? I think not! The following "Christmas present" appeared on my screen:

Thank you for your participation in Dr. Dobb's 18th Jolt Awards. I'm pleased to announce that the following product has been chosen as a finalist:

Category: Development Environments
Product: Alpha Five Version 8

Jolt winners will be announced March 5 at SDWest in Santa Clara, CA.

A complete list of finalists can be found at:

Amber Ankerholz
Dr. Dobb's Events
CMP Technology
Lawrence, Kansas

For more information on these awards please visit
These awards are run by Dr. Dobbs, a highly respected publication. The Jolt Awards are described on their Web site as:

The Jolt Awards are the Oscars of our industry. [The Jolt Awards] recognize the most innovative, trend-making, ahead-of-the-curve products. Jolt Award winners are the software products, books, and Web sites that developers should be using today.

That's their words, not mine. Of course, I'm *delighted* to see Alpha Five V8 recognized by DDJ. Dr. Dobb's has 30 years of experience covering programming, languages, platforms, and tools. Their authors and readers are professional developers and architects who stay abreast of the latest technologies, and build world-class systems.

You can review past winners here.

Even if we don't win the award (which I hope we do), being a Jolt Award finalist says that Alpha Five is among the world's best tools for professional developers. It also tips the hat to our development team, led by my brother and co-chairman Selwyn. They work incredibly hard to keep Alpha Five's capabilities ahead of the pack, and deliver a tool that serious developers can use with confidence, yet novices can grasp with ease.

That is NOT an easy task, as you might imagine. But as this Jolt Award nomination testifies, it's one they are clearly achieving. CONGRATULATIONS, team Alpha! Hopefully we'll be collecting the goods at SD West!

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