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2001 Readers' Choice Awards

2001 Readers' Choice Awards

The Best of the Year Are Here!
Once again ColdFusion Developer's Journal is delighted to announce its ColdFusion Readers' Choice Awards. For the second year in a row we're proud to be the only publication to present such awards. CF developers and their companies are finally being acknowledged for their product design and excellence. It's recognition that we at CFDJ feel is long overdue and well deserved.

How We Did It...
Our readers nominated products in 15 categories; we then put them up for vote on the CFDJ Web site. The response was immediate and vocal. No one ever said that the CF professional was shy or without an opinion! On the contrary, our savvy readers displayed once again that they keep their ears to the ground when it comes to trends and leading-edge product developments. They keep us on our toes, too, informing us about what they feel truly merits the CFDJ seal of approval. These awards are merely an extension of ongoing dialogue. The stuff either works or doesn't. Period.

Free of Outside Influences
It's out in the field that a product earns its stripes. That's why we created the ColdFusion Readers' Choice Awards. You know that when a product and/or company displays the award, they have passed a rigorous and painstaking inspection of their product or service. Free of outside influences, the awards are a true reflection of what ColdFusion developers are using.

Congratulations!
Congratulations to all the category winners and finalists! Many thanks to the readers of ColdFusion Developer's Journal who made these awards possible by casting their vote on our Web site during the past few months. These awards are the only ColdFusion awards in the industry, and they are given to products nominated and selected by the largest number of professional ColdFusion developers ever assembled for such a purpose.

Once again, congratulations! SYS-CON Media wishes each of these companies and its employees continued excellence in the software industry. Following are the products that you, our readers, selected as our second annual ColdFusion winners.

BEST BOOK
— Winner —
ADVANCED COLDFUSION 5 Application Development

By Ben Forta
Macromedia Press

This is the revised sequel to his ColdFusion Web Application Construction Kit. Coauthored by some of the most respected ColdFusion programmers, all of whom gained their real-world ColdFusion experience the hard way, this book provides extensive coverage of advanced ColdFusion application development, including all the new ColdFusion 5 features.
www.macromedia.com

— 1st Runner-up —
Coldfusion 5 Web Application Construction Kit

By Ben Forta
Macromedia Press
This book teaches you how to create real-world applications that solve real-world problems. Along the way, you'll also acquire all the skills you need to design, implement, test, and roll out world-class applications.

This is the fourth edition of what has become the standard ColdFusion book, both as a tutorial and a reference.
www.macromedia.com

— 2nd Runner-up —
Mastering Coldfusion 5

By Arman Danesh, Kristin Aileen Motlagh, and Raymond Camden
Sybex
This book helps you develop database-driven Web sites or Web applications. Written by three ColdFusion experts and fully updated to cover the capabilities of the latest release, this book offers step-by-step, example-based instruction that will quickly turn beginners into productive developers and experienced users into ColdFusion masters.
www.sybex.com

BEST CONSULTING SERVICE
— Winner —
Fig Leaf Software

Composed of a team of award-winning developers, analysts, and authors, Fig Leaf Software's Consulting Services Group has been repeatedly recognized as the technology leader for Macromedia platform development.

Working in a team-based environment led by a senior mentor, staff members are able to create and grow in a way that allows them to become true "masters" of their trade.
www.figleaf.com

— 1st Runner-up —
Biznet

Biznet is an innovative and forward-thinking e-solution provider. Their team of consultants work with you, identifying and developing strategies designed to keep you at the forefront of e-commerce.

Formed in 1997, they've grown to be the largest indigenous Internet company in Ireland, with offices in Belfast, Derry, Dublin, Enniskillen, and Pittsburgh, PA. Biznet has attained Macromedia Premier Partner status for consulting, development, hosting, and sales.
www.biznet-solutions.com

— 2nd Runner-up —
Siteobjects

SiteObjects is an Internet software company that provides robust Web-based development solutions. They offer a range of software services including outsourced Web site design and maintenance, contracted Web application software development, development tools and applications for ColdFusion developers, and hosting and server colocation services.
www.siteobjects.com

BEST CUSTOM TAG
— Winner —
Activedit
from CFDEV.com

Activedit is a tool for ColdFusion developers that enables them to embed a word processor similar to MS Word into a Web page.

The developer using Activedit can then empower users of the site to publish dynamic Web pages by simply clicking the save button.
www.cfdev.com

— 1st Runner-up —
soEditor
from SiteObjects

SiteObjects soEditor 2.1 (formerly ezEdit) is a ColdFusion custom tag that turns an ordinary <textarea> form field into a dynamic WYSIWYG browser-based HTML editor. soEditor makes it possible for anyone to create, edit, and maintain Web content without the need for HTML knowledge or programming expertise.
www.siteobjects.com

— 2nd Runner-up —
<CF_SurveyMaster>
from Fig Leaf Software

SurveyMaster is an open-source project developed by Fig Leaf Software to demonstrate key techniques related to dynamic survey creation. It leverages ColdFusion custom tags, illustrates key uses of Dreamweaver, dynamic HTML, XML (wddx), and is in the process of being converted to a Web-services model.
www.cfugorama.com

BEST DATABASE TOOL
— Winner —
macromedia Generator
from Macromedia

Macromedia Generator is a scalable, high-performance solution for companies delivering dynamic visual content to audiences who require fast, time-sensitive, and personalized Web sites. Generator automates the delivery of targeted and customized graphical content, creating a personal, one-to-one experience for each user.
www.macromedia.com

— 1st Runner-up —
CF_Datasource
from CFDEV.com

This custom tag contains nearly all the tools needed to build a custom datasource administrator, similar to the one that comes with Cold-Fusion. The CF_Datasource allows you to add, edit, and list Cold-Fusion-compliant ODBC datasources on your ColdFusion server. It also supports every possible ODBC and ColdFusion database attribute and can return all the options in the query.
www.cfdev.com

2nd Runner-up —
ERwin

ERwin is a data modeling solution that creates and maintains databases, data warehouses, and enterprise data resource models. ERwin models visualize data structures, which helps organize, manage, and even mitigate the complexities of data, database technologies, and the deployment environment.
www.ca.com

BEST DESIGN SERVICE
— Winner —
Fig Leaf Software

Fig Leaf's creative media department has designed and developed Web-based media for some of the most recognized companies and organizations in the country. Comprised of a team of award-winning artists, programmers, writers, and instructional technologists, the staff strives to create ingenious and innovative solutions. Their graphic Web site design, interactive media design, corporate branding, and usability consulting services have helped build successful online solutions.
www.figleaf.com

— 1st Runner-up —
Biznet

Biznet's award-winning team of graphic designers seeks to provide a creative working environment in which to foster talent and attract the best professionals across all areas. Biznet hopes to have all their designers and developers Macromedia certified by the end of the year.
www.biznet-solutions.com

— 2nd Runner-up —
CF Application/Project Design

Web Panache's team is trained in the latest techniques and keeps abreast of the changing requirements in this field. All of Web Panache's partners have extensive backgrounds in computer science and years of personal experience supporting people and projects of all kinds. Panache describes the "out of the ordinary service" they extend to every customer.
www.webpanache.com

BEST E_BUSINESS SOFTWARE
— Winner —
AbleCommerce
from AbleCommerce Software

AbleCommerce enables users to generate secure online storefronts with a robust feature-set that includes international currencies, bundled product "Kits," automated shipping, and multitier taxation. Additional capabilities include cross-selling, membership pricing, and the ability to create targeted discounts. The source code version offers developers scalability, adaptability, and the flexibility to meet future needs.
www.ablecommerce.com

— 1st Runner-up —
CFWebstore
from Dogpatch Software

CFWebstore is a completely integrated Web storefront and e-commerce solution. CFWebstore allows you to customize the templates and utilize the built-in store settings to create your own custom store.

It's designed for small- to medium-size merchants and Web developers who want plenty of features in a product they can easily customize as well. Features include a wide range of discounts such as coupons and gift certificates, inventory management and cross-selling, an easy-to-use Web-based administrator, built-in help files, unlimited number and level of categories and products, custom product fields, and special quick-edit screens for products and categories.
www.cfwebstore.com

— 2nd Runner-up —
QuickEStore
from QuickEStore
E-Commerce Software

QuickEStore is versatile, easy-to-use, and will have you doing business on the Internet in no time. QuickEStore can be installed in minutes and includes four "one-click" storefront wizards, inventory management and reporting, flexible sales tax and shipping options, and a comprehensive, browser-based admin console that makes managing your store simple and secure. Optional integration with popular online credit card processors is built right in. It also includes customer relationship management tools and QuickEChat.
www.quickestore.com

BEST EDUCATION & TRAINING
— Winner —
HIGHLANDER TRAINING
from Highlander PLC

Highlander Training, a training center for e-business solutions, has won a number of awards for both its trainers and courses, and has trained some of the world's most successful companies in e-business technology. Highlander runs a range of Macromedia authorized courses including programs for Web site developer, Java Web developer, ColdFusion developer, and ColdFusion administrator. There are also courses in Macromedia Spectra for Developers, Macromedia Spectra Methodology, and Professional XML Training.
www.highlander.co.uk

— 1st Runner-up —
myLearn
from Documentum

myLearn is a full-featured learning management system (LMS) used to provide personalized training programs to Documentum's customers, partners, and employees. myLearn was live after two days of development and mission-critical after 30. myLearn has improved Documentum's education information infrastructure and introduced thousands to e-learning.
http://mylearn.documentum.com

— 2nd Runner-up —
Macromedia Instructor-led Training
from Fig Leaf Software

Fig Leaf's certified instructors leverage years of development expertise to provide insights into your Web challenges. Our classes are held in Washington, DC, Atlanta, Chicago, Baltimore, and northern Virginia, as well as client sites. Fig Leaf training developed the Fast Track to JavaScript, Fast Track to SQL, and Spectra for Developers courseware for Macromedia, as well as authored the book Inside Flash, available from New Riders. Our new "RealWorld CF" seminars cover topical issues related to Web development, including securing ColdFusion applications, printing, reporting, graphing, and Web design strategies.
http://training.figleaf.com

BEST TESTING TOOL
— Winner —
LoadRunner
from Mercury Interactive

LoadRunner is the industry-standard load-testing tool used to predict system behavior and performance. To identify and isolate problems, it exercises an entire infrastructure by emulating thousands of users. LoadRunner's integrated real-time monitors enable organizations to minimize test cycles, optimize performance, and accelerate deployment.
www.mercuryinteractive.com

— 1st Runner-up —
e-test suite 4.0
from Empirix

Empirix e-TEST suite 4.0 is an integrated test solution optimized for Web applications. e-Test suite includes e-Tester for functional/ regression testing, e-Load for load/scalability testing, and e-Monitor for 24/7 quality monitoring of deployed applications.

All three tools are powered by a common set of Visual Scripts and don't require any programming. There are no proprietary languages to learn, no special proxies to set up, and no training classes required. As your application changes, any differences in your tests are highlighted in the Visual Scripts and can be automatically updated in place, so your regression, load, and monitoring tests will stay synchronized with your application.
www.empirix.com

— 2nd Runner-up —
Fusestats
from FuseLogic

FuseLogic offers cutting-edge solutions for ColdFusion developers. FuseStats, a set of ColdFusion custom tags, allows developers to integrate Web traffic logging and reporting capabilities into Web applications. Versions are available for both generic and fusebox-based applications.
www.fuselogic.com

BEST WEB DEVELOPMENT TOOL
— Winner —
Macromedia ColdFusion 5
from Macromedia

Macromedia ColdFusion 5 is a cross-platform Web application server that delivers increased productivity, simplified management, and enhanced performance to the award-winning ColdFusion environment. This development tool contains a robust development environment for building Web applications. It gives you a suite of integrated tools for quickly and easily developing applications.
www.macromedia.com

— 1st Runner-up —
CFMFILE & CFMDirectory
from CFM-Resources.com

CFMFile and CFMDirectory are the alternatives to ColdFusion's built-in CFFile and CFDirectory. They perform all the same commands and give you the same amount of power - with one difference: better security in a shared environment. CFMFile and CFMDirectory enable you to lock users within their directories, so you're not required to install and configure "ColdFusion Advanced Server Security." These tags allow you to implement CFFile- and CFDirectory-like actions for your users in a secure way.
www.cfm-resources.com/cfmfile-directory.cfm

— 2nd Runner-up —
CommonSpot Content Server
from PaperThin, Inc.

PaperThin's CommonSpot Content Server is a full-featured, browser-based, out-of-the box Web publishing and dynamic content management solution. It allows content producers within an organization to participate in the creation, management, and delivery of Web content.

CommonSpot Content Server can be implemented in weeks, not months, saving time and development expense. Its flexible template and data-driven architecture, along with granular-access controls and a multilevel approval workflow process, gives content managers control over the integrity and structure of the site, while simplifying overall content management.
www.paperthin.com

BEST WEB HOSTING
— Winner —
CFM-Resources.com ColdFusion Hosting!
from CFM-Resources.com

CFM-Resources.Com offers both free and affordable ColdFusion hosting solutions. They believe that developers should be able to develop ColdFusion applications in a secure and affordable environment. The company is fully protected by a Cisco 525 Pix firewall, full Internet bandwidth redundancy, power redundancy with a built-in high capacity generator, and a team of ColdFusion developers to ensure you receive the support you need.
www.cfm-resources.com

— 1st Runner-up —
CFXHosting.com
from CFXHosting.com

CFXHosting, founded by Cold-Fusion developers, focuses exclusively on ColdFusion hosting and offers ColdFusion administrator access. In 2000, they were awarded the ColdFusion Developer's Journal Readers' Choice Award for excellence in ColdFusion Web hosting.

CFXHosting offers a wide array of plans ranging from shared to dedicated hosting. Their plan features, such as ColdFusion tags and ColdFusion Administrator functions, set them apart from their competition. CFXHosting also provides unlimited POP3 e-mail accounts, WAP (WML), Live Stats, and e-commerce. They use a Cisco-certified data center, which affords clients a high level of reliability, and allows them to offer clients a 99% uptime guarantee.
www.CFXHosting.com

— 2nd Runner-up —
Biznet Hosting
from Biznet

Biznet knows that handling online requirements can be a real challenge. Biznet provides clients with a complete range of hosting and colocation solutions that combine state-of-the-art technology with stringent security systems. They also recognize that hosting service levels vary from client to client.

Biznet has a range of packages tailored to suit your specific needs. As a Macromedia Premier Hosting Partner, Biznet Hosting specializes in ColdFusion and offers virtual, dedicated, and colocated hosting.
www.biznet-hosting.com

BEST WEB PERFORMANCE TOOL
— Winner —
The Coldfusion Control Panel
from CFM-Resources.com

The ColdFusion Control Panel provides ColdFusion hosting companies with a tool that offers customers full control of their Web hosting account and full access to custom tag additions, CFX tag registrations, ColdFusion mappings, and a complete file manager, allowing customers absolute control of their Web site. It also integrates mail management, account information, and much more.
www.cfm-resources.com/cpanellicense.cfm

— 1st Runner-up —
Webtrends Reporting Center
from WebTrends

WebTrends Reporting Center provides analysis of Web site activity to multiple decision makers throughout an organization via a browser-based interface, improving the effectiveness and return on investment across an organization's e-business initiatives. WebTrends Reporting Center is a scalable solution designed to deliver the features and functionality required for customers ranging from mid-market businesses to large enterprises and service providers.
www.webtrends.com

— 2nd Runner-up —
Fusestats
from FuseLogic

FuseLogic offers cutting-edge solutions for ColdFusion developers. FuseStats, a set of ColdFusion custom tags, allows developers to easily integrate Web traffic logging and reporting capabilities into Web applications. Versions are available for both generic and fusebox-based applications.
www.fuselogic.com

BEST CONTENT MANAGEMENT TOOL
— Winner —
CommonSpot Content Server
from PaperThin, Inc.

PaperThin's CommonSpot Content Server is a full-featured, browser-based, out-of-the box Web publishing and dynamic content management solution. It allows content producers within an organization to participate in the creation, management, and delivery of Web content.

CommonSpot Content Server can be implemented in weeks, not months, saving time and development expense. Its flexible template and data-driven architecture, along with granular-access controls and a multilevel approval workflow process, gives content managers control over the integrity and structure of the site, while simplifying overall content management.

www.paperthin.com

— 1st Runner-up —
soEditor
from SiteObjects, Inc.

SiteObjects soEditor 2.1 (formerly ezEdit) is a ColdFusion custom tag that turns an ordinary <textarea> form field into a dynamic WYSIWYG browser-based HTML editor. soEditor makes it possible for anyone to create, edit, and maintain Web content without the need for HTML knowledge or programming expertise.
www.siteobjects.com

— 2nd Runner-up —
Ektron CMS100
from Ektron Inc.

Ektron CMS100 is an authoring and publishing application built around eWebEditPro. It was designed to integrate into your existing site in just a few hours, and enable everyone in your organization to author Web content in a word processor-like environment.

CMS100 is a scaled-down version of Ektron's more robust eMPower and Ektron CMS200 applications, offering basic, yet powerful, functionality.
www.ektron.com

BEST WEB SITE
— Winner —
Ben Forta's Coldfusion Site

www.forta.com is one of the most popular online destinations for ColdFusion enthusiasts (and future enthusiasts). Hosted by Ben Forta, Macromedia's product evangelist and author of the best-selling ColdFusion Web Application Construction Kit, this site features a tip-of-the-day, ISP listings, lists of CF-powered sites, presentations, columns, and other valuable resources. Support is also provided for Ben's books, and there are links to other books that will be of interest to CF developers.
www.forta.com

— 1st Runner-up —
CFDev.com

cfdev.com, creator of ActivEdit, the award-winning browser-based WYSIWYG HTML Web editor, contains an array of services for the ColdFusion developer. They offer an impressive list of products, including the ever-popular ActivEdit, ActivMail, ActivScan, ActivSpell, and DataSource. Visitors to the CFDEV Web site can also choose from a wide range of free ColdFusion tools, such as the CFX XSLT and the CF Alert. Their resources incorporate several different resource centers, references, articles, instructions on software installations, links, and archives. This Web site also includes a support center, press box, job postings, a monthly newsletter, event information, and contact information.

www.cfdev.com

— 2nd Runner-up —
House of Fusion

The House of Fusion Web site, run by ColdFusion veteran Michael Dinowitz, is designed to help anyone, no matter what their level or programming background, develop their ColdFusion knowledge. All aspects of the site were created for ease of use and maximum accessibility to important information. The on-site articles teach people the nuances, as well as the basics, of the language. Any information not covered in House of Fusion's own articles can be found in the site's numerous links to other key ColdFusion resources. House of Fusion is probably most famous for being the home of CF-Talk and close to two dozen other ColdFusion-related mailing lists.

www.houseoffusion.com

BEST WEB APPLICATION
— Winner —
eWebEditPro
from Ektron, Inc.

At the core of the Ektron family of products is eWebEditPro, a word processor in a Web page - empowering business users to author and maintain Web content. Web developers can integrate eWebEditPro into a database-driven Web site running on any Web application server platform. It's frequently integrated into content management systems (both custom and off-the-shelf), as well as applications for e-learning, discussion forums, HTML mail, and more.
www.ektron.com

— 1st Runner-up —
SynergyNow
from evolutionB Synergy

SynergyNow is a complete solution for developing and hosting run-anywhere applications. It delivers breakthrough value to ASPs by reducing their deployment cost and time-to-market while giving them a large and growing selection of ready-to-rent applications for the wired and wireless Web.
www.evolutionb.com

— 2nd Runner-up —
Infusion Authenticator
from On-Line Data Solutions, Inc.

inFusion Authenticator is an add-on DLL for Microsoft IIS, Gordano NT Mail, and O'Reilly Website and Website Pro. iAuth is an authentication module that allows you to use the power of ColdFusion to authenticate users of your Web site. iAuth templates allow you to protect any area of your Web site from unauthorized use. Since you control the templates, you can authorize on criteria associated with your applications, such as group membership, time of day, and subscription length.
www.coolfusion.com

MOST INNOVATIVE CF APPLICATION
— Winner —
Infusion Mail Server
from On-Line Data Solutions, Inc.

inFusion Mail Server (iMS) is an e-mail server designed specifically for ColdFusion developers. By utilizing ColdFusion templates to control all mail functions, iMS lets you create customized, dynamic applications such as list servers, Web mail, autoresponders, and e-CRM solutions for both incoming and outgoing mail. The list of features is unlimited because you can add to them using CFML. The patent-pending architecture of iMS provides an open-development platform, offering seamless integration with application servers, MS SQL server, and hundreds of other applications. It's a scalable mail server solution that's tailored to meet your business needs.
www.coolfusion.com

— 1st Runner-up —
FuseAgent
from FuseLogic

FuseLogic offers cutting-edge solutions for ColdFusion developers. FuseAgent is the command-line user interface for the Internet age. If you're tired of filling out Web-based forms, FuseAgent is the solution. When scheduling the next meeting with your boss using your company's Web-based collaboration environment, simply enter "schedule a meeting with my boss" into FuseAgent's command-line entry point, and FuseAgent will take care of the rest.
www.fuselogic.com

— 2nd Runner-up —
NQcontent 1.75
from Netquest

NQcontent 1.75 is an innovative Web content management solution that addresses the site management and administration needs. Having both developers' and end users' needs in mind, NQcontent simplifies the process of content and data management. It's the ideal tool to use to build and update dynamic sites. With NQcontent "time to Web" is measured in weeks, not months.
www.nqcontent.com

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Explosive growth in connected devices. Enormous amounts of data for collection and analysis. Critical use of data for split-second decision making and actionable information. All three are factors in making the Internet of Things a reality. Yet, any one factor would have an IT organization pondering its infrastructure strategy. How should your organization enhance its IT framework to enable an Internet of Things implementation? In his session at @ThingsExpo, James Kirkland, Red Hat's Chief Architect for the Internet of Things and Intelligent Systems, described how to revolutionize your archit...
MuleSoft has announced the findings of its 2015 Connectivity Benchmark Report on the adoption and business impact of APIs. The findings suggest traditional businesses are quickly evolving into "composable enterprises" built out of hundreds of connected software services, applications and devices. Most are embracing the Internet of Things (IoT) and microservices technologies like Docker. A majority are integrating wearables, like smart watches, and more than half plan to generate revenue with APIs within the next year.
Growth hacking is common for startups to make unheard-of progress in building their business. Career Hacks can help Geek Girls and those who support them (yes, that's you too, Dad!) to excel in this typically male-dominated world. Get ready to learn the facts: Is there a bias against women in the tech / developer communities? Why are women 50% of the workforce, but hold only 24% of the STEM or IT positions? Some beginnings of what to do about it! In her Opening Keynote at 16th Cloud Expo, Sandy Carter, IBM General Manager Cloud Ecosystem and Developers, and a Social Business Evangelist, d...