CMP Media's Software Development Magazine Announces Winners for the 2005 Readers' Choice Awards

IBM, Microsoft, Linux & Google among those Chosen by Developers

Sep 29, 2005, 01:00 ET from CMP Media LLC

    SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- CMP Media's Software
 Development magazine editorial team is pleased to announce the winners of the
 third annual Readers' Choice Awards. The winners were announced at the SD Best
 Practices conference in Boston to a crowd of nearly 1,000.
     This year new categories included Best Employer, Best Scripting Language
 and Best GUIs.
     "We're always looking for ways to recognize the best products and vendors
 in software development; therefore, we've evolved the Readers' Choice Awards
 program to look at the different aspects of the development process," noted
 Software Development magazine Technical Editor Rosalyn Lum. "Last year, the
 Fortune 500 dominated the winner's list, but this year we're also recognizing
 lesser-known products from small to medium-sized companies, and we're very
 pleased with the results."
     Voting is controlled by sending an invitation to Software Development
 readers containing a personal identification number ensuring that votes made
 using a duplicate PIN can be removed; all suspect votes were eliminated from
 the data pool. Also, the editors tracked voters' Internet domains and found no
 correlation between corporate domains (such as and products from
 the same company.
     "Popularity contests are tricky to manage, but we think that in our third
 year of the Software Development Readers' Choice Awards, we've achieved a
 balance. The trick is to recognize not only ubiquity, but quality and customer
 loyalty. The wider variety of winners this year shows that, despite the
 dominance of a handful of companies with vast installed bases, it's possible
 for newer and smaller concerns to shine as well," said Editor in Chief of
 Software Development magazine Alexandra Weber Morales.
      The 2005 Software Development magazine Readers' Choice Awards winners
      Best Employer (Overall)
      Winner: Google
      Sun Microsystems
      Best Employer (Small to Medium-Sized Business)
      Winner: McAfee
      Best GUI (Overall)
      Winner: Visual Studio (Microsoft)
      Delphi (Borland)
      Eclipse Platform (Eclipse Foundation)
      Mac OS X Tiger (Apple)
      Best GUI (Small to Medium-Sized Business)
      Winner: Delphi (Borland)
      Eclipse Platform (Eclipse Foundation)
      IntelliJ IDEA (JetBrains)
      Qt (Trolltech)
      Best Open Source Tool
      Winner: Eclipse (Eclipse Foundation)
      GCC (Free Software Foundation)
      Perl (Larry Wall)
      Tomcat (Apache Software Foundation)
      Best Scripting Language
      Winner: Perl (Larry Wall)
      Python (Guido van Rossum)
      PHP (PHP)
      Ruby (Yukihiro Matsumoto)
      Best Technical Support
      Winner: developerWorks (IBM)
      Apple (Apple)
      IntelliJ IDEA (JetBrains)
      Oracle Database (Oracle)
      Best Technical Support (Small to Medium-Sized Business)
      Winner: IntelliJ IDEA (JetBrains)
      SAS (SAS)
      Qt (Trolltech)
      DevPartner Studio (Compuware)
      Most Innovative Tool
      Winner: VMTN (VMware)
      IntelliJ IDEA (JetBrains)
      MindManager (Mindjet)
      Perforce (Perforce)
      QuickBase (Intuit)
      Most Robust Tool
      Winner: Linux (Linus Torvalds)
      CodeWright (Borland)
      OS X (Apple)
      Rational Application Developer (IBM)
      VMware GSX Server (VMware)
      Most Tried and True
      Winner: Visual Studio (Microsoft)
      Apache Web Server (Apache Software Foundation)
      Linux (Linus Torvalds)
      Eclipse (Eclipse Foundation)
      Most Tried and True (Small to Medium-Sized Business)
      Winner: Apache Web Server (Apache Software Foundation)
      Linux (Linus Torvalds)
      Eclipse (Eclipse Foundation)
      GNU Emacs (Free Software Foundation)
     More information on Software Development magazine and the Readers' Choice
 Awards is available at
     About Software Development magazine
     Software Development is the leading magazine for software development
 managers: the definitive source to empower those who implement and manage
 teams, technologies, practices and tools integral to successful development
 projects. Software Development is a monthly publication reaching over 100,000
 subscribers. Software Development readers, are trailblazing managers who care
 passionately about enlivening and expediting the task of delivering successful
 software on time and under budget.
     About CMP Media LLC
     CMP Media ( is the leading integrated media solutions company
 providing "broad and deep" access to the entire technology spectrum -- the
 builders, sellers and buyers of technology worldwide.  The company's
 comprehensive database of technology decision makers enables marketers to
 reach targeted audiences throughout the purchase process with publications,
 web offerings, face-to-face events, consulting and other marketing services
 that deliver actionable results.
      Editorial Contacts:
      Rosalyn Lum, Technical Editor
      Software Development magazine
      PR Contact:
      Kate Adams, Marketing Director
      Software Development magazine