Cast a ballot for your favorite software in our 2nd Annual Builder Readers' Choice Awards

Take part in Builder's Second Annual Readers' Choice Awards. Vote for the best development software in each category and help us determine the award winners.

Recently, we asked you to nominate your favorite software development tools for a Builder Readers' Choice Award in seven different categories. We tallied the various nominations and added them to the list of tools in each category. Now it's time to determine which tools will be award winners for 2003.

You'll find the actual ballot here, but before you vote, you may want to review the final 2003 ballot listed below. Where possible, we've included a link to the product site where you can get more information about each nominee. You may even find a new favorite tool.

Voting Other and Abstain
Each category has both an Other and an Abstain option. If your favorite tool doesn't appear in the nomination list, vote Other. That will work like a vote for a write-in candidate. Then, take a moment to e-mail us (look for the link at the top of the survey) with the name of your choice so that we can add it to next year's nominations. Please remember to tell us which category your Other vote applies to.

If you have little experience with tools in a particular category, or you don't have a strong feeling for any of the nominees, just choose Abstain to cast your vote for none of the above. We'll use Abstain votes and reader feedback to gauge the popularity of our award categories.

We've also added an extra question to the survey regarding next year's categories.

Best Java IDE
Best Java Application Server
Best Windows Development Tool
Best Web Development Tool
Best IDE
Best Mobile Development Tool
Best Modeling Tool
Once again, you will find the ballot here. Please take a few minutes to vote for your favorite tool.

About Mark Kaelin

Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to,, and TechRepublic.

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