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Press Release

SOURCE: CMP Media LLC

Software Development Magazine Announces 11th Annual Jolt Product Excellence And Productivity Award Winners

24 Winners Selected From Online Nominations by Readers, Software Vendors And Jolt Award Judges

SAN FRANCISCO, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Winners of the 11th Annual Jolt Product Excellence and Productivity Awards honoring the best software development products of 2000 were announced Wednesday, April 11th, 2001 by CMP's Software Development magazine editors. The awards ceremony was held at the Software Development West Conference and Exposition at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose CA. Co-sponsored by the Rochester, NY-based Jolt Cola, 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.

``Almost all of the important new development paradigms that surfaced in the past ten years -- the Unified Modeling Language, open-source software, the Web, and Java -- have been recognized with Jolt or Productivity Awards,'' said Technical Editor Roger Smith. ``This year's winners -- highlighting trends like lightweight methodologies, support for multiple operating system platforms, and innovative modeling solutions -- continue that excellent tradition into a new decade.''

Editor in Chief Alexandra Weber Morales adds, ``We're pleased with the increasing reader and industry response to this venerable competition, and we plan to keep it evolving and growing. Roger and I also have a ball every year putting on the awards ceremony.''

The six categories of tools nominated and chosen by a team of Software Development writers, contributing editors and columnists 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 two to three Productivity Awards are given for each category. Jolt award winners receive a coveted trophy: a can of JOLT Cola encased in Lucite.

The 11th annual Jolt Product Excellence and Productivity Award winners, by category, are:

    -- Books and Computer-Based Training:  Jolt Award winner:  "Adaptive
       Software Development" by James A. Highsmith III, published by Dorset
       House.
       Productivity Award winners:  "Don't Make Me Think! A Common Sense
       Approach to Web Usability" by Steve Krug, published by New Riders
       Publishing; "Secrets and Lies" by Bruce Schneier, published by John
       Wiley & Sons; "Writing Effective Use Cases" by Alistair Cockburn,
       published by Addison Wesley Longman.
    -- Utilities and Deployment Tools:  Jolt Award winner:  VMware for
       Linux/Windows from Vmware.
       Productivity Award winners:  XML Spy from Altova, Jtest from ParaSoft,
       and CodeRover Browser from UPSPRING Software.
    -- Design and Management Tools:  Jolt Award winner:  GDPro from
       Embarcadero Technologies Inc.
       Productivity Award winners:  Together Control Center from TogetherSoft,
       WebSphere Studio from IBM, and eSETweb from Software Productivity
       Center Inc.
    -- Libraries, Frameworks and Components:  Jolt Award winner:  SoftWIRE
       from SoftWIRE Technology LLC.
       Productivity Award winners:  Bold for Delphi from BoldSoft, and
       VisualSoft Crypt from VisualSoft Technologies Limited.
    -- Special/Other:  Jolt Award winner:  Dreamweaver UltraDev from
       Macromedia.
       Productivity Award winners:  Flash from Macromedia, SQL Anywhere Studio
       from Sybase and EJB Specification 2.X from Sun Microsystems.
    -- Languages and Development Environments:  Jolt Award winner:  JBuilder
       from Borland.
       Productivity Award winners:  Weblogic EJB Server from BEA systems,
       WebGain Studio from WebGain Corp., and Zope from Digital Creations.
    -- Hall of Fame Award:  Visual SlickEdit from MicroEdge

About Software Development magazine

Software Development magazine provides more than 100,000 technical managers and corporate developers (publisher's own data) 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. Qualified subscriptions are available at http://www.sdmagazine.com/circ/ .

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 LLC

CMP Media LLC, 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 LLC.