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The JOLT awards

Posted by daniel on March 18, 2004 at 7:52 AM PST

The winners of the 14th annual JOLT awards were announced last night in Santa Clara at SDWest.

My favorite two entries, and Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates' "Head First Java" were finalists but didn't win. There were many cool and impressive finalists this year and the awards were a lot of fun, but I continue to think that Head First Java can be misunderstood by many. If you don't read it, it is easy to thumb through it and dismiss it as being light or cute or something like that. But when you read it, you realize that although they have taken a different pedagogical approach, the material is not dumbed down and the topics being covered get readers pretty far into programming in Java in an introductory book.

That isn't to take away from the other fine books that were Productivity Award winners (runners up). In General books these were "The Art of UNIX Programming" by Eric S. Raymond, "Lean Software Development" by Mary and Tom Poppendieck, and "Pragmatic Starter Kit" by Dave Thomas and Andy Hunt. In the technical books the runners up were "About Face 2.0" by Alan Cooper and Robert Reimann, Scott Ambler's "Agile Database Techniques", and Diomidis Spinellis' "Code Reading".

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, to this year's JOLT award winners were named last night in Santa Clara. As I mentioned, was a finalist in the Websites and Developer Networks category in which the productivity awards went to O'Reilly Network, the JavaRanch, and Tigris with developerWorks winning the excellence award. Other Excellence award winners were Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister's book "Waltzing with Bears", Dave Astels "Test-Driven Development", eclipse, Hibernate, and Sun's J2ME Wireless Toolkit. Dreamweaver won the Hall of Fame award and P.J. Plauger was the recipient of the Dr. Dobbs Excellence in Programming award.

Jason Hunter continues his series on XQuery Tricks and Tips. In part three he advises that the "focus in this article on important but tricky and commonly misunderstood aspects of the XQuery language. I warn you: Things will get hairy beyond this point. But it's better to have fair warning of the complex parts than to have to deduce it on your own when your query fails."

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