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SOURCE: CMP Media Inc.

Software Development Magazine Announces Finalists for 11th Annual Jolt Product Excellence and Productivity Awards

36 Finalists Selected From Online Nominations by Readers, Software Vendors and Jolt Award Judges

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Finalists for the best software development products of 2000 have been announced by CMP's Software Development magazine for the 11th Annual Jolt Product Excellence and Productivity Awards, co-sponsored by the Rochester, NY-based Jolt Cola. The products fall into six categories and are nominated and chosen by a team of Software Development writers, contributing editors and columnists. Winners will be announced at Software Development West Conference and Exposition, April 8-12, at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, CA.

The Software Development Jolt Product Excellence and Productivity Awards are given to products that have ``jolted'' the industry with their significance and made the difficult task of creating corporate software faster, easier and more efficient. Jolt, ``the most powerful cola,'' is the fabled soft drink used by software programmers to get them through complex development projects. ``For more than 10 years, Software Development magazine has recognized the best and most useful products each year with the Jolt Product Excellence and Productivity awards,'' said Technical Editor Roger Smith. ``For a book or tool to reach finalist status indicates just how valuable these products are in delivering high quality software development solutions.''

The six categories of tools honored are: Languages and Development Environments; Design and Management Tools; Books and Computer-Based Training; Libraries, Frameworks and Components; Special/Other; and Utilities and Deployment Tools. One Jolt Award and three Productivity Awards (presented to the runners-up) are given for each category. Jolt Product Excellence award winners receive a coveted trophy: a can of JOLT Cola encased in Lucite.

For the 11th annual awards, 36 finalists were selected from online nominations by Software Development readers, software vendors and Jolt Award judges who nominated products by filling in a form at the magazine's Web site www.sdmagazine.com. The finalists, by category, are:

    -- Languages and Development Environments:  PHP 4.0 from www.php.net; Perl
       Builder 2.0 from Solutionsoft; WebLogic EJB Server from BEA Systems;
       WebGain Studio from WebGain Corp.; JBuilder 4.0 from Borland; and Zope
       2.2 from Digital Creations.
    -- Design and Management Tools:  AppCenter 4 from Borland; Together
       Control Center 4.2 from TogetherSoft; WebSphere Studio 3.5 from IBM;
       Caliber-RM 3.1 from Technology Builders Inc.; GDPro 5.0 from
       Embarcadero Technologies Inc.; and eSETweb 2.1 from Software
       Productivity Center Inc.
    -- Books and Computer-Based Training:  Secrets and Lies by Bruce Schneier,
       published by John Wiley & Sons; Designing Web Usability:  The Practice
       of Simplicity by Jakob Nielsen, published by New Riders Publishing;
       Adaptive Software Development by James A. Highsmith III, published by
       Dorset House; Writing Effective Use Cases by Alistair Cockburn,
       published by Addison-Wesley; Don't Make Me Think! A Common Sense
       Approach to Web Usability by Steve Krug, published by New Riders
       Publishing; Extreme Programming Installed by Ronald Jeffries,
       Ann Anderson and Chet Hendrickson, published by Addison-Wesley; and
       The Humane Interface:  New Directions for Designing Interactive Systems
       by Jef Raskin, published by Addison-Wesley.
    -- Libraries, Frameworks and Components:  Bold for Delphi 2.5 from
       BoldSoft; SoftWIRE 2.0 from SoftWIRE Technology LLC; NexCore from
       NexWave Solutions; VisualSoft FTP 3.0 and VisualSoft Crypt from
       VisualSoft Technologies Limited
    -- Special/Other:  VisiBroker 4.0 from Borland; alphaWorks Web site
       http://www.alphaworks.ibm.com from IBM; SQL Anywhere Studio7.0 from
       Sybase iAnywhere Solutions; EJB Specification 2.X from
       Sun Microsystems; and Flash 5.0 and Dreamweaver UltraDev 4.0 from
       Macromedia.
    -- Utilities and Deployment Tools:  VMware for Linux/Windows from VMware;
       XML Spy 3.5 from Altova; Visual SlickEdit 6.0 from MicroEdge;
       Jtest 3.3 from ParaSoft; CodeRover Browser 2.0 from UPSPRING Software;
       and InstallAnywhere 3.5 from ZeroG Software.

About Software Development magazine

Software Development magazine provides more than 100,000 technical managers and corporate developers with practical solutions for leading application development teams and projects. It is the premier source of information on the people-management issues, products and practices that today's technical leaders need to deliver reliable, successful software applications on time and on budget.

About CMP Media's Software Development Media Group

Software Development magazine is part of the Software Development Media Group. Other properties include Dr. Dobb's Journal, MSDN magazine, C/C++ Users Journal, Windows Developer's Journal, and the Software Development Conferences and Expositions, as well as their related Web sites. These titles, formerly under the Miller Freeman brand, are now part of the CMP division. The Software Development Media Group offers clients the largest, most influential audience of software developers and business solution providers available through a single media company.

About CMP Media Inc.

CMP Media Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of United Business Media PLC (UBM), is the leading high-tech media company providing essential information and marketing services to the entire technology spectrum -- the builders, sellers and users of technology worldwide. With its portfolio of newspapers, magazines, custom publishing, Internet products, research, consulting and conferences, CMP is uniquely positioned to offer marketers comprehensive, integrated solutions tailored to meet their individual needs. Online editions of the company's print publications, along with products and services created exclusively for the Internet, can be found on CMPnet at http://www.CMPnet.com .

More information on the Jolt Product Excellence and Productivity Awards is available at www.sdmagazine.com

CONTACT: Alexandra Weber Morales, Editor in Chief, 415-947-6170, or aweber@cmp.com, or Paul Calento, Publisher, 415-947-6185, or pcalento@cmp.com, both of CMP Media Inc.