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It's That Time of Year Again...

It's That Time of Year Again...

No, not Christmas, but our annual ColdFusion Developer's Journal Readers' Choice Awards announcements. Categories for this year's awards are Best Book, Best Consulting Service, Best Custom Tag, Best Database Tool, Best Design Service, Best E-Business Software, Best Education and Training, Best Testing Tool, Best Web Development Tool, Best Web Hosting, Best Web Performance Tool, Best Content Management Tool, Best Web Site, Best Web Application, and last, but not least, Most Innovative CF Application. With awards in these 15 categories, CFDJ, with the help of thousands of our readers, has once again recognized the best and the brightest in the world of ColdFusion. The results were varied for this year's awards - from the extremely predictable, like Ben Forta winning the top two prizes in the best book category, to some unpredictable results as well. Check out our complete coverage on page 38.

I think the Readers' Choice Awards are important to the ColdFusion industry as a whole, not just for their ability to showcase the best of what's out there, but also because, like CFDJ, they indicate the state of the industry. The success of a development language like ColdFusion can be measured in several ways. Of course, there are the typical statistics that float around to investors as well as developers about overall usage and market penetration, and the prestige of how many Fortune 50, 100, and 500 firms are deploying it on their enterprise applications. In addition to all these, there's something else that's equally important - how many commercially available solutions there are.

Add-on products for the developer community often become a branched-off industry of the product. In last month's issue (Vol. 4, issue 2) we focused on user-defined functions and custom tags to make your development life easier. We covered the reuse of code modules, going over the many ways they can fit into your projects.

Those custom tags that have become a commercial success and those products built in ColdFusion, or designed to ease CF development, are as important to growing a successful industry as adding new features to the product itself. They help propel the industry forward and are crucial examples of ColdFusion success stories that will convince others who are not developing with CFML to do so. We'll be looking at some of those throughout the next several issues, and if you have a success story, I encourage you to write to us here at CFDJ.

On the topic of successful ColdFusion projects, we recently relaunched our complete line of developer forums at SYS-CON.com using FuseTalk from e-ZoneMedia. Macromedia is now using FuseTalk as well, for those familiar with their excellent developer forums. Stay tuned for information on the 2002 Readers' Choice Awards with nominations starting soon. Also, if you're developing in either Java or Web services, look at our Java Developer's Journal and Web Services Journal Readers' Choice Awards, with voting taking place now on www.sys-con.com.

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Robert Diamond is the founder and editor-in-chief of BroadwayWorld.com, the premiere theater site on the net now receiving over 100,000 unique visitors a day. He is also the owner of Wisdom Digital Media - a leading designer of entertainment and technology web sites. He is also the lead producer on BroadwayWorld.com's consistently sold-out Joe's Pub concert series, and Standing Ovations benefit concerts. Diamond was also named one of the "Top thirty magazine industry executives under the age of 30" by Folio magazine. Robert holds a BS degree in information management and technology from the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. Visit his blog at www.robertdiamond.com.

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