Java Awards

Check out James Gosling's blog. The Java guys really, really kicked ass this year. They won a gallon of developer awards at developer.com. Congrats, guys! I especially love the Web Services and Open Source categories. That's just too sweet.

I remember when IBM and Microsoft went wild on XML and Web Services a few years ago and absolutely pounded on us for being "behind" in these areas. Actually, we were called "laggards." Charming. I was doing software PR at the time, and it was the busiest and most competitive situation I've ever experienced at Sun. From a marketing perspective, the other guys were well coordinated, they outnumbered us, they caught us flat-footed, and we lost many of the arguments. But we fought very hard, and we made it difficult on IBM and Microsoft in several very public situations. Simon Phipps, Danese Cooper, James Gosling, Simon Nicholson, Bill Smith, and Jon Bosak did the heavy lifting of trying to un-spin the FUD and get our own XML, Web Services, Java, and Open Source stories out. The attack seemed to be hitting on all those issues at the same time, and most of the press seemed to support the IBM-Microsoft bandwagon. It was very frustrating. It was during that time that I completely lost what little respect I had left for the press. Then, to make matters worse, right about that time IBM launched Eclipse, and everyone bought the idiotic notion that Sun was "behind" in open source tools despite the fact that NetBeans predated Eclipse by two years. Oh, well, such is life defending yourself from the powerful marketing and PR operations at IBM and Microsoft. We did the best we could at the time, though, and I'm proud to say we never caved. Not once.

But, I've been away from the Java team for a couple of years now, so I guess they've been busy building out their product strategies. Developers seemed to have noticed, too. Here are the results from developer.com. Sun takes 6 out of 10 awards. This list speaks for itself ...

Technology of the Year
Java 2 Standard EditionTM 5.0 From Sun Microsystems Inc.

Development Tool of the Year
Eclipse From The Eclipse Foundation
Runner Up: Sun JavaTM Studio Creator From Sun Microsystems Inc.

Enterprise Development Tool of the Year
Java J2EETM From Sun Microsystems Inc.
Runner Up: Microsoft® Visual Studio® .Net From Microsoft® Corporation

Development Utility of the Year
Firefox 1.0 From Mozilla
Runner Up: Altova XMLSpy® 2005 From Altova

DBMS or Related Technology of the Year
IBM Cloudscape V10.0 From IBM

Wireless/Mobile Development Product of the Year
J2METM Wireless Toolkit 2.2 From Sun Microsystems Inc.

Web Service or Related Tool of the Year
Java Web Service Developer Pack From Sun Microsystems Inc.

Java Tool of the Year
Sun Java
TM Studio Creator From Sun Microsystems Inc.

.NET Tool/Add-in of the Year
The Mono Project Sponsored by Novell

Open Source Tool of the Year
NetBeans IDE From NetBean.org


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