Just like every dog has a favorite toy, every developer has a favorite development tool or a favorite vendor. You know what I’m talking about. That IDE you just keep running back to or that you constantly lobby for your team to adopt as standard so that you can use it every day. Well, here’s your chance to tell the world about that favorite: Nominate it for the first annual 2002 Builder.com Readers’ Choice Awards.

We’ve selected seven award categories (we wanted to keep things simple for our first time out), and the winner of each category will receive, in addition to a little free press, the lovely award graphic shown in Figure A.

Figure A
The coveted 2002 Builder.com Readers’ Choice Award

To start the ball rolling, we’ve provided some representative products for each category below. If you want, you can suggest a product that isn’t there but should be. If you do nominate something, be sure to mention the category it should appear in as well. And if you’d like to suggest a category for next year’s awards, please do so.

The nominees are…
I have to admit, I feel a little bit like Whoopi Goldberg here—maybe I can do some Republican jokes for you a little later. Our current list of nominees, broken out by category, is as follows.

Best Java IDE
Here’s our list of Best Java IDE nominees:

  • Borland JBuilder 6
  • IBM WebSphere Application Developer
  • IBM VisualAge for Java 3.5
  • IDEA IntelliJ 2.5
  • Metrowerks CodeWarrior for Java 6
  • Omnicore CodeGuide
  • Oracle9i JDeveloper
  • Sun Forte 6
  • WebGain VisualCafe 4.5

If you’ve got a favorite that doesn’t appear here, please drop us an e-mail.

Best Java Application Server
On the server side of things, the Best Java Application Server category honors application servers. Our list appears below. You can add to it by sending us an e-mail.

  • Apache Tomcat
  • ATG Dynamo
  • BEA WebLogic Server 7
  • Borland Enterprise Server
  • IBM WebShere Application Server 4
  • Macromedia JRun
  • Oracle9i Application Server
  • Resin

Best Windows Development Tool
This is our current list of Windows development tools:

  • Borland C++ Builder
  • Borland Delphi 6
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 6
  • Microsoft Visual FoxPro 6
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 6
  • Microsoft Visual Studio .NET
  • Sybase PowerBuilder 8

About now, the literalists among you will probably be pointing out that all those tools appearing under Best Java IDE could also be listed here, and you’re right. However, since there are so many Java IDEs and so many developers using Java, we decided it would be best to keep Java separate from the Windows tools. If you’d like to suggest a nominee, feel free to e-mail our editors.

Best Web Development IDE
The Best Web Development IDE category also has some overlap with our other categories. Here, we’re attempting to limit the choices to Web-development-only tools, excluding those that are used for other purposes. So once again, no Java IDEs here (although we did include Visual Studio simply because it’s the only tool that does ASP.NET). Likewise, we’re trying to exclude products that are primarily HTML editors, although of course there’s a fine line between the two.

So without any further explanation or rationalization, here are the Web Dev IDE nominees:

  • IBM Domino Designer
  • Macromedia Dreamweaver 4
  • Macromedia Flash MX
  • Macromedia ColdFusion 4.5
  • Microsoft Visual Interdev
  • Microsoft Visual Studio .NET (ASP.NET)
  • Softquad HoTMetal
  • Zend PHP Studio

To nominate a product not appearing here, e-mail the editors.

Best Linux IDE
Not too long ago, the Linux world was largely devoid of what you’d normally think of as an IDE. Not so anymore. Quite a few options are available for Linux programmers today. Many more are still in development, although we’ll exclude them here until they are ready for release. Here’s our nominee list:

  • ActiveState Komodo
  • Borland Kylix 2
  • CodeWarrior for Linux v6
  • CodeForge C-Forge 2.5
  • KDevelop 2
  • KDE Studio
  • Moonshine
  • VDK Builder
  • Visual Tcl
  • WingIDE

By now, you know the drill. Send us an e-mail with any products you’d like to nominate.

Best Mobile Development Tool
The term “mobile development” covers a lot of territory, from traditional PDA development to full-blown wireless application building. This is probably our most incomplete nominee list, so by all means, nominate some more products!

  • AppForge
  • CASL
  • CodeWarrior Palm Edition
  • PocketStudio
  • Satellite Forms

Best Modeling Tool
Our final category, Best Modeling Tool, includes both data and object modelers as nominees:

  • ERwin 4
  • Ideogramic UML
  • Rational Rose
  • Sybase PowerDesigner 8
  • Visio 2002
  • Visual UML 2

E-mail us to suggest a product.

And the winners are…
We’ll keep the floor open for new nominations for a short time to give you a chance to suggest your favorites. Shortly after nominations are complete, we’ll start the voting, and you’ll have a chance to pick your favorites. Keep an eye on this article’s discussion for the exact date that voting will commence.

Until then, keep those nominations coming. Once again, if you’d like to suggest a new category for next year’s awards, please do so either via e-mail or in our discussion center.