Sebastopol, CA--For fifteen years, Software Development magazine has presented annual awards to products, books, and web sites that have "jolted" the industry by helping to create faster, easier, and more efficient software. On Wednesday, March 16, 2005, the magazine's editors announced winners of the 15th Annual Software Development Jolt Product Excellence and Productivity Awards, recognizing O'Reilly Media, Inc. with top honors in three categories and Productivity Awards in two others. One Jolt Award--the top prize--and three Productivity Awards are given in each of fifteen categories.
In the General Books category, the winner was O'Reilly's Head First Design Patterns by Elisabeth Freeman, Eric Freeman, Bert Bates, and Kathy Sierra. Better, Faster, Lighter Java by Bruce A. Tate and Justin Gehtland received the top prize in the Technical Books category. The O'Reilly Network won the award for excellence in the Websites and Developer Networks category. These three Jolt Award winners were joined by Hibernate: A Developer's Notebook by James Elliott, which received a Productivity Award in the Technical Books category.
O'Reilly was also recognized, together with Sun Microsystems and CollabNet, with a Productivity Award in the Websites and Developer Networks category for Java.net, a collaborative development site. As Java.net's feature editor, O'Reilly provides the site's technical content and news.
Winners of this year's Jolt Awards will be featured in the June 2005 issue of "Software Development" magazine. A complete list of winners can be downloaded from Software Development's site.
O'Reilly Media spreads the knowledge of innovators through its books, online services, magazines, and conferences. Since 1978, O'Reilly Media has been a chronicler and catalyst of cutting-edge development, homing in on the technology trends that really matter and spurring their adoption by amplifying "faint signals" from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the technology community, the company has a long history of advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism.
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