1Peter Coffees Top Five Development Products of the Year
Java EE 5 is arguably the new mainframe, in that it represents the ubiquitous and scalable platform with widely available developer skills on which it should be the default choice to do new enterprise projects.
2Peter Coffees Top Five Development Products of the Year – Eclipse Foundation Callisto Release
The Callisto milestone date for Eclipse, with 10 major projects released on June 28 and available for download on June 30, demonstrated impressive coordination of effort among distinct teams with separate leadership and developer membership.
3Peter Coffees Top Five Development Products of the Year – Microsoft Visual Studio Team System
Intelligent cooperation with Office applications gives immediate gratification to developers who have until now been cranking their way through manual reporting and analysis procedures or struggling with brittle custom macros.
4Peter Coffees Top Five Development Products of the Year – NetBeans 5.5
NetBeans is the center of the universe for developers who want to take full advantage of Java EE 5 right now, enabling high-level Web Services development using BPEL (Business Process Execution Language) as well as other notations.
5Peter Coffees Top Five Development Products of the Year – Python 2.5
Described by those close to the work as the most significant new release of Python since the dark ages of 2001, the powerful new features of Version 2.5 strike a balance (in the words of principal designer Guido van Rossum, now at Go