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Press Release: March 23, 2007

O'Reilly Jolts the Industry--Head First Style O'Reilly: Books Receive Jolt Product Excellence Awards

Sebastopol, CA--Head First Object-Oriented Analysis & Design by Brett McLaughlin, Gary Pollice, and David West received top honors--the highly coveted Jolt--for best product in the "Technical Books" category at this year's Jolt Award ceremony. Further honors were bestowed on O'Reilly Media with the presentation of a Productivity Award for CSS: The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland in the same category.

This marks the second time a "Head First" book has jolted the industry. In 2005, Head First Design Patterns by Elisabeth Freeman, Eric Freeman, Bert Bates, and Kathy Sierra won the award for top book in the "General Books" category. CSS: The Missing Manual is the first of O'Reilly's bestselling Missing Manual series to make an appearance at the awards ceremony.

Each year, the Jolt Product Excellence Awards are presented to products that have "jolted" the industry by making the task of creating software faster, easier, and more efficient. CMP Technology's Dr. Dobb's Journal presented this year's awards on March 21, 2007 at the 20th Software Development Conference & Expo West. One Jolt Award--the top prize--and three Productivity Awards are given in each of seventeen categories, including books, project management tools, development environments, and collaboration tools, among others.

The complete list of the 2007 Jolt winners can be found at:

More information about O'Reilly's Jolt Award-winning books can be found at:

Head First Object-Oriented Analysis & Design (O'Reilly, November 2006, US $44.99)

CSS: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly, August 2006, US $34.99)
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