Our annual awards program -- the DevProConnections Community Choice Awards -- lets our readers select their favorites from a range of developer products that are nominated by the developer and vendor community. This year, more than 6,200 members of the DevProConnections developer community cast their votes in 26 product categories, spanning a wide spectrum of offerings. Two perennial contenders, Developer Express and Telerik, continued their longtime rivalry in this year's voting, taking both Gold and Silver awards in many categories -- thus maintaining their dominance in the developer market. But many other terrific products made impressive showings in all categories.

Choosing favorites from such a competitive field-not to mention in the midst of such a financially unstable market-can be a challenge, but this year's winners show an uncommon breadth of functionality and originality. Products succeed when they meet a genuine need in the market and, as these Community Choice selections demonstrate, many products do just that for Windows developers.


Best Add-In  

Best Charting and Graphics Tool

Best Chat Application

Best Code Editor

Best Communication Tool

Best Community Resource

Best Component Set

Best Content Management System

Best e-Commerce Package

Best Email Control

Best Forum Application

Best Grid Tool

Best Hosting Service

Best IDE Product

Best Memory Management/Profiling Product

Best Navigation Control

Best Online Editor

Best Printing/Reporting Tool

Best Project Management/Defect Tracking Tool

Best Scheduling/Calendar Tool

Best Security Product

Best SharePoint Development Tool

Best Silverlight Product

Best Testing/QA Tool

Best Training Resource or Book

Best Utility

Best Free Tool

Best Vendor Support


 

Best Add-In

GOLD: CodeRush • Developer Express • www.devexpress.com

SILVER: JustCode • Telerik • www.telerik.com

BRONZE: ReSharper • JetBrains • www.jetbrains.com

 

Other hot products in this year's survey:

  • Infragistics' NetAdvantage Ultimate
  • Gizmox's Visual WebGui


Best Charting and Graphics Tool

GOLD: XtraCharts Suite • Developer Express • www.devexpress.com

SILVER: RadChard for ASP.NET AJAX • Telerik • www.telerik.com

BRONZE: Infragistics NetAdvantage for Silverlight Data Visualization • Infragistics • www.infragistics.com

 

Other hot products in this year's survey:

  • ComponentOne's Chart
  • Steema Software's TeeChart Pro

Best Chat Application

GOLD: Skype • Skype • www.skype.com

SILVER: Google Talk • Google • www.google.com

BRONZE: Windows Live Messenger • Microsoft • www.microsoft.com

 

Other hot products in this year's survey:

  • Microsoft Lync
  • Trillian

Best Code Editor

GOLD: Visual Studio 2010 • Microsoft • www.microsoft.com

SILVER: Notepad++ • SourceForge.net • www.notepad-plus-plus.org

BRONZE: Eclipse • The Eclipse Foundation • www.eclipse.org

 

Other hot products in this year's survey:

  • Adobe's Dreamweaver
  • IDM's UltraEdit

Best Communication Tool

GOLD: Skype • Skype • www.skype.com

SILVER: Outlook 2010 • Microsoft • www.microsoft.com

BRONZE: Gmail • Google • www.google.com

 

Other hot products in this year's survey:

  • Facebook
  • Google+

Best Community Resource

GOLD: The Code Project • The Code Project • www.codeproject.com

SILVER: MSDN • Microsoft • www.microsoft.com

BRONZE: StackOverflow • StackExchange • www.stackoverflow.com

 

Other hot products in this year's survey:

  • Telerik Community
  • DevExpress Community


Best Component Set

GOLD: Telerik Ultimate Collection for .NET • Telerik • www.telerik.com

SILVER: DXperience Universal • Developer Express • www.devexpress.com

BRONZE: NetAdvantage Ultimate • Infragistics • www.infragistics.com

 

Other hot products in this year's survey:

  • ComponentOne's Studio
  • Syncfusion's Essential Studio Enterprise Edition

Best Content Management System

GOLD: SharePoint 2010 • Microsoft • www.microsoft.com

SILVER: Joomla! • Joomla! • www.joomla.org

BRONZE: DotNetNuke • DotNetNuke • www.dotnetnuke.com

 

Other hot products in this year's survey:

  • Kentico CMS
  • BlogEngine.NET

Best e-Commerce Package

GOLD: Magento • Zeon Solutions • www.zeonsolutions.com

SILVER: Kentico CMS • Kentico • www.kentico.com

BRONZE: nopCommerce • nopCommerce • www.nopcommerce.com

 

Other hot products in this year's survey:

  • Shopify
  • DotNetInvoice

Best Email Control

GOLD: EmailVerify.NET • EmailVerify.NET • www.emailverify.net

SILVER: Aspose.Network for .NET • Aspose • www.aspose.com

BRONZE: IP*Works! • /n software • www.nsoftware.com

 

Other hot products in this year's survey:

  • Advanced Intellect's aspNetEmail
  • AfterLogic MailBee.NET

Best Forum Application

GOLD: Kentico CMS • Kentico • www.kentico.com

SILVER: YAF.NET • YetAnotherForum.NET • www.yetanotherforum.net

BRONZE: vBulletin Forum • vBulletin Solutions • www.vbulletin.com

 

Other hot products in this year's survey:

  • Vanilla Forums
  • Countersoft's Atlas

Best Grid Tool

GOLD: radGrid for ASP.NET AJAX • Telerik • www.telerik.com

SILVER: DevExpress XtraGrid • Developer Express • www.devexpress.com

BRONZE: WinGrid for Windows Forms • Infragistics • www.infragistics.com


Other hot products in this year's survey:

  • ComponentOne's FlexGrid
  • SyncFusion's Essential Grid

Best Hosting Service

GOLD: ASP.NET Hosting • DiscountASP.NET • www.discountasp.net

SILVER: Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) • Amazon • www.amazon.com

BRONZE: Web Hosting • Go Daddy • www.godaddy.com

 

Other hot products in this year's survey:

  • WinHost.com
  • Hosting.com

Best IDE Product

GOLD: Visual Studio 2010 • Microsoft • www.microsoft.com

SILVER: Delphi XE2 • Embarcadero Technologies • www.embarcadero.com

BRONZE: Eclipse IDE • The Eclipse Foundation • www.eclipse.org

 

Other hot products in this year's survey:

  • Oracle's MySQL Workbench
  • Apple's Xcode

Best Memory Management/Profiling Product

GOLD: JustTrace • Telerik • www.telerik.com

SILVER: ANTS Memory Profiler • Red Gate Software • www.red-gate.com

BRONZE: dotTrace Memory • JetBrains • www.jetbrains.com

 

Other hot products in this year's survey:

  • SciTech Software's .NET Memory Profiler

Best Navigation Control

GOLD: ASP.NET AJAX Navbar Control • Developer Express • www.devexpress.com

SILVER: RadMenu for ASP.NET AJAX • Telerik • www.telerik.com

BRONZE: Menu • ComponentOne • www.componentone.com

 

Other hot products in this year's survey:

  • Wijmo jQuery Menu
  • Intersoft Solutions ClientUI Navigation Controls

Best Online Editor

GOLD: RadEditor for ASP.NET AJAX • Telerik • www.telerik.com

SILVER: ASPxHtml Editor • Developer Express • www.devexpress.com

BRONZE: FCKeditor • Drupal • www.drupal.org

 

Other hot products in this year's survey:

  • Infragistics' WinEditors
  • CKSource's CKEditor

Best Printing/Reporting Tool

GOLD: XtraReports • Developer Express • www.devexpress.com

SILVER: Telerik Reporting • Telerik • www.telerik.com

BRONZE: SQL Server Reporting Services • Microsoft • www.microsoft.com

 

Other hot products in this year's survey:

  • Fast Reports' FastReport.NET
  • SAP Crystal Reports 2011

Best Project Management/Defect Tracking Tool

GOLD: Team Foundation Server 2010 • Microsoft • www.microsoft.com

SILVER: JIRA • Atlassian • www.atlassian.com

BRONZE: OnTime • Axosoft • www.axosoft.com

 

Other hot products in this year's survey:

  • Fog Creek Software's FogBugz
  • JetBrains' YouTrack

Best Scheduling/Calendar Tool

GOLD: .NET XtraScheduler Suite • Developer Express • www.devexpress.com

SILVER: RadScheduler for ASP.NET AJAX • Telerik • www.telerik.com

BRONZE: Outlook 2010 • Microsoft • www.microsoft.com

 

Other hot products in this year's survey:

  • Google Calendar
  • ComponentOne's Scheduler

Best Security Product

GOLD: VeriSign SSL • Symantec • www.symantec.com

SILVER: Dotfuscator Professional Edition • PreEmptive Solutions • www.preemptive.com

BRONZE: Nessus • Tenable Network Security • www.tenable.com

 

Other hot products in this year's survey:

  • Alt-N Technologies' SecurityGateway
  • Binary Research International's SoThin Secure Desktop

Best SharePoint Development Tool

GOLD: Telerik RadControls for ASP.NET AJAX • Telerik • www.telerik.com

SILVER: Studio for SharePoint • ComponentOne • www.componentone.com

BRONZE: Aspose.Total for SharePoint • Aspose • www.aspose.com

 

Other hot products in this year's survey:

  • Idera's SharePoint productivity toolbox
  • Iron Speed Designer

Best Silverlight Product

GOLD: RadControls for Silverlight • Telerik • www.telerik.com

SILVER: DXperience Silverlight • Developer Express • www.devexpress.com

BRONZE: Expression Blend • Microsoft • www.microsoft.com

 

Other hot products in this year's survey:

  • Infragistics' NetAdvantage for Silverlight
  • ComponentOne's Studio for Silverlight

Best Testing/QA Tool

GOLD: Telerik's Test Studio • Telerik • www.telerik.com

SILVER: ANTS Performance Profiler • Red Gate Software • www.red-gate.com

BRONZE: Infragistics' TestAdvantage for Windows Forms • Infragistics • www.infragistics.com

 

Other hot products in this year's survey:

  • Automation Anywhere's Testing Anywhere
  • SmartBear Software's AQtime

Best Training Resource or Book

GOLD: Pluralsight .NET training • Pluralsight • www.pluralsight-training.com

SILVER: Wrox books • John Wiley & Sons • www.wrox.com

BRONZE: Safari Books Online • Safari Books Online • safaribooksonline.com

 

Other hot products in this year's survey:

  • AppDev OnDemand
  • Telerik's Training

Best Utility

GOLD: SQL Compare • Red Gate Software • www.red-gate.com

SILVER: ReSharper • JetBrains • www.JetBrains.com

BRONZE: Beyond Compare • Scooter Software • www.scootersoftware.com

 

Other hot products in this year's survey:

  • ComponentOne's XapOptimizer
  • FileZilla

Best Free Tool

GOLD: Notepad++ • SourceForge.net • www.notepad-plus-plus.org

SILVER: Firebug • Firebug • www.getfirebug.com

BRONZE: Skype • Skype • www.skype.com

 

Other hot products in this year's survey:

  • Dropbox
  • Eclipse

Best Vendor Support

GOLD: Telerik • www.telerik.com

SILVER: Developer Express • www.devexpress.com

BRONZE: Fast Reports • www.fast-report.com

 

Other hot vendors in this year's survey:

  • Kentico
  • Infragistics