JavaWorld announces winners in its 1998 Editors' Choice Awards

First-place tools, companies, and industry leaders named at Java magazine's awards ceremony during Java Business Expo in New York

December 9, 1998 -- At a special awards ceremony yesterday before a standing-room only crowd in New York, JavaWorld magazine announced the winners in this year's JavaWorld Editors' Choice Awards. The finalists were announced in November.

The hour-long event, held in conjunction with the Java Business Expo, took place in the Java Technology Classroom on the show floor at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Winners and finalists in 17 Awards categories were honored with trophies.

"This year's judging process proved to be quite a challenge, which reflects the fact that the Java market has rapidly matured," said JavaWorld Editor-in-Chief Michael O'Connell. "There are now hundreds of products to consider just among developer tools -- some in new categories such as Web Application Server, others (such as several IDEs) that have evolved to version 3 or 4. And as our judges' comments indicate, the caliber as well as the breadth of Java software has greatly improved since the first JavaWorld Editors' Choice Awards were held in August '97."

Bill Blundon

In a well-received introductory speech, William Blundon, author of the provocative JavaWorld column Blundon's Corner and cofounder of The Extraprise Group (a consulting company focusing on e-business), spoke on the state of the Java market, highlighting its strengths and weaknesses; performance found its way into both categories.

For the earlier press release covering the complete list of finalists, the judges, and the judging process, see

And the winners are...

The winners of the 1998 JavaWorld Editors' Choice Awards are:

Hall of Fame: Bill Joy, Founder and Vice President of Research (Sun Microsystems Inc.)

Best Commercial Application: Together/J (Object International Inc.)

Compiler/Code Management Tool: Just-in-Time Compiler (Symantec Corp.)

Component: alphaWorks Suite of Components (IBM)

Database Middleware: GemStone/J (GemStone Systems Inc.)

Database Tool: Cloudscape JBMS (Cloudscape Inc.)

General Class Library: ObjectSpace Voyager (ObjectSpace Inc.)

GUI Class Library: JFC Swing (Sun Microsystems Inc.)

IDE: JBuilder (Inprise Corp.)

Most Innovative Company: IBM

Servlet Tool: Java Web Server (Sun Microsystems Inc.)

System-Level Class Library: JGL: The Generic Collection Library for Java (ObjectSpace Inc.)

Testing Tool: JProbe (KL Group Inc.)

Utility: InstallAnywhere (Zero G Software)

Virtual Machine: Kaffe OpenVM (TransVirtual Technologies Inc.)

Web Application Server: BEA WebLogic Application Server (formerly Tengah) (BEA Systems)

Web Authoring Tool: Dreamweaver (Macromedia Inc.)*

NetObjects Fusion (NetObjects Inc.)* *Tie

The judging process

The awards process began back in September, with the judges nominating their best-product and best-company choices based on the entries in the JavaWorld Developer Tools Guide -- which features nearly 600 products -- and based on their personal knowledge of and experience with various products and companies. (View the Developer Tools Guide at Although beta products were not considered for the Awards, the judges acknowledged the fact that a number of pre-final release products currently on the market are successful in advancing the Java language and platform.

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