The Jolt Awards

by Niel M. Bornstein

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Each year, Software Development Magazine presents the Software Development Jolt Product Excellence Awards to the books, developer tools, IDEs, utilities, and websites that make a difference to the industry.

It's a distinct honor for Mono: A Developer's Notebook to be nominated for a Jolt award in the technical books category, and even more so given the fact that three other O'Reilly books were nominated. That's four O'Reilly books out of eight nominees.

The other O'Reilly nominees are Better, Faster, Lighter Java by Bruce A. Tate; Head First Servlets & JSP by Bert Bates, Kathy Sierra and Bryan Basham; and Hibernate: A Developer's Notebook by James Elliott. Also nominated from O'Reilly, in the general books category, is Head First Design Patterns by Elisabeth Freeman, Eric Freeman, Bert Bates and Kathy Sierra.

The fact that two books from the Developer's Notebook series were nominated speaks volumes about the framework within which these books are written. In fact, developer productivity is the very essence of the book series.

Edd and I will be looking forward to the announcement of the winners on March 16, but for now, it's great just to be nominated.