Our annual Community Choice award program lets readers like you decide which products are the best of the year. In 2012, we followed the same process as in previous years by opening up the Community Choice nomination process to all. We let you nominate your favorite products and services, built the voting survey from there, and let everyone participate in the final voting phase (check out the 2011 Dev Pro Community Choice Award winners).

In these pages, you'll find our Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners, as well as quotes from the community about these top products. You'll even find some honorable mentions. Whether Gold, Silver, Bronze, or runner-up, these products are all worthy of serious consideration if you're in the market for a new tool.

  • Best Add-In
  • Best Charting and Graphics Tool
  • Best Code Editor
  • Best Component Set
  • Best Content Management System
  • Best eCommerce Package
  • Best Email Control
  • Best Forum Application
  • Best Grid Control
  • 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 Product
  • Best Scheduling/Calendar Tool
  • Best Security Tool
  • Best SharePoint Development Tool
  • Best Silverlight Product
  • Best Testing/QA Tool
  • Best Utility
  • Best Free Tool
  • Best Vendor Tech  Support
     

Best Add-In

Gold: CodeRush • DevExpress
Silver: JustCode • Telerik
Bronze: ReSharper • JetBrains

"Anyone coding without CodeRush is spending way too much time on the wrong things."

Other Hot Products in this Year's Community Choice Survey
Infragistics NetAdvantage Ultimate
Gizmox Visual WebGui

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Best Charting and Graphics Tool

Gold: RadChart for ASP.NET AJAX • Telerik
Silver: XtraCharts • DevExpress
Bronze: List & Label • combit

"RadChart takes charting to the highest levels of responsiveness and ease of coding."

Other Hot Products in this Year's Community Choice Survey
RadiantQ Gantt Controls
Nevron Vision for .NET

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Best Code Editor

Gold: Visual Studio • Microsoft
Silver: Notepad++ • Don Ho
Bronze: Eclipse • Eclipse Foundation

"Microsoft Visual Studio still reigns supreme as the best code editor."

Other Hot Products in this Year's Community Choice Survey
JetBrains ReSharper
Adobe Dreamweaver

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Best Component Set

Gold: DXperience • DevExpress
Silver: DevCraft Ultimate • Telerik
Bronze: NetAdvantage Ultimate • Infragistics

"DevExpress DXperience enables me to develop alone faster than 20 smart developers together."

Other Hot Products in this Year's Community Choice Survey
Codejock Toolkit Pro
ComponentOne Ultimate

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Best Content Management System

Gold: Sitefinity • Telerik
Silver: Joomla • Joomla.org
Bronze: Silverlight • Microsoft

"Sitefinity not only lets me create websites for clients in no time, it's also super easy for anyone to use to manage their content."

Other Hot Products in this Year's Community Choice Survey
DotNetNuke
Kentico CMS

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Best eCommerce Package

Gold: Sitefinity Ecommerce • Telerik
Silver: nopCommerce • nopCommerce
Bronze: Magento eCommerce Platform • Magento

"Telerik Sitefinity Ecommerce is like all their products: just code and just great."

Other Hot Products in this Year's Community Choice Survey
AspDotNetStorefront
DotNetInvoice

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Best Email Control

Gold: Sitefinity Email Campaigns • Telerik
Silver: PGP Universal Gateway Email • Symantec
Bronze: Aspose.Email • Aspose

"Sitefinity makes sending and tracking bulk email easy—for a fraction of the cost of mail service providers."

Other Hot Products in this Year's Community Choice Survey
verify-email.org Email Verify
/n Software IP*Works!

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Best Forum Application

Gold: phpBB Bulletin Board Software • phpBB
Silver: YetAnotherForum.NET • yaf.net
Bronze: Vanilla Forums • Vanilla Forums

"phpBB delivers more than expected!"

Other Hot Products in this Year's Community Choice Survey
Simple Machines Forum
vBulletin Connect

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Best Grid Control

Gold: RadGrid for ASP.NET AJAX • Telerik
Silver: ASPxGridView and Editors Suite • DevExpress
Bronze: jQuery Grid • Infragistics

"Telerik RadGrid takes the GridView to a whole new level: Simple grids can be set up in seconds, and more complicated grids will delight and amaze your users."

Other Hot Products in this Year's Community Choice Survey
ComponentOne FlexGrid for WinForms
Mindscape WPF Elements

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Best Hosting Service

Gold: Amazon Web Services • Amazon Web Services
Silver: DiscountASP.NET Web Hosting • DiscountASP.NET
Bronze: GoDaddy Web Hosting • GoDaddy.com

"Amazon makes hosting a no-brainer, and the frequent updates with new features are fantastic."

Other Hot Products in this Year's Community Choice Survey
WinHost Windows Hosting
Rackspace Managed HostingZ

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Best IDE Product

Gold: Visual Studio • Microsoft
Silver: CodeRush • DevExpress
Bronze: Eclipse • Eclipse Foundation

"Microsoft Visual Studio is the best IDE in the universe and provides support for the best language ever: C#."

Other Hot Products in this Year's Community Choice Survey
Apple Xcode
Embarcadero RAD Studio XE3

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Best Memory Management/Profiling Product

Gold: JustTrace • Telerik
Silver: ANTS Performance Profiler • Red Gate Software
Bronze: dotTrace Performance • JetBrains

"JustTrace is brilliant—wouldn't use anything else."

Other Hot Products in this Year's Community Choice Survey
SciTech Software .NET Memory Profiler

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Best Navigation Control

Gold: ASPxperience Suite • DevExpress
Silver: Menu for ASP.NET AJAX • Telerik
Bronze: Menu for ASP.NET Wijmo • ComponentOne

"ASPxperience gives you a navigation experience you'll love."

Other Hot Products in this Year's Community Choice Survey
Nevron User Interface for .NET
Intersoft Solutions Client UI Navigation Controls

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Best Online Editor

Gold: RadEditor for ASP.NET AJAX • Telerik
Silver: ASPxHtmlEditor Suite • DevExpress
Bronze: FCKeditor • Drupal.org

"Telerik RadEditor is the quickest way to implement an editor: slick design, totally customizable toolset, generic, contains all you need and more."

Other Hot Products in this Year's Community Choice Survey
Infragistics WebHtmlEditor
ComponentOne Editor for ASP.NET Wijmo

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Best Printing/Reporting Tool

Gold: List & Label • combit
Silver: XtraReports Suite • DevExpress
Bronze: Telerik Reporting • Telerik

"List & Label is the easiest-to-integrate and feature-rich reporting tool we've used. Customers love the ease of creating their own reports, and the barcoding, charting, and graphing capabilities are huge winners."

Other Hot Products in this Year's Community Choice Survey
Microsoft SQL Server Reporting Services
Infragistics NetAdvantage Reporting
SyncFusion Essential Studio Reporting Edition

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Best Project Management/Defect Tracking Product

Gold: Visual Studio Team Foundation Server • Microsoft
Silver: TeamPulse • Telerik
Bronze: JIRA • Atlassian

"Microsoft Team Foundation Server has no real competition. If you're serious about agile development, Team Foundation Server is the only way to go."

Other Hot Products in this Year's Community Choice Survey
Axosoft OnTime
JetBrains YouTrack

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Best Scheduling/Calendar Tool

Gold: ASPxScheduler Suite • DevExpress
Silver: Scheduler for ASP.NET AJAX • Telerik
Bronze: Google Calendar API • Google

"DevExpress Scheduler gets better with each new release that comes out."

Other Hot Products in this Year's Community Choice Survey
Syncfusion Essential Schedule for Windows Forms
ComponentOne Scheduler for Silverlight

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Best Security Tool

Gold: VeriSign SSL Certificates • Symantec
Silver: Dotfuscator Professional • PreEmptive Solutions
Bronze: Visual Guard • Novalys

"VeriSign gives the best ID verification."

Other Hot Products in this Year's Community Choice Survey
Forum Systems Forum Sentry
Axceler ControlPoint

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Best SharePoint Development Tool

Gold: RadControls for ASP.NET AJAX • Telerik
Silver: DXperience ASP.NET • DevExpress
Bronze: Visual Studio • Microsoft

"SharePoint became improvable as soon as Telerik RadControls for ASP.NET AJAX could be used in conjunction with it."

Other Hot Products in this Year's Community Choice Survey
Infragistics NetAdvantage for SharePoint
ComponentOne Studio for SharePoint

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Best Silverlight Product

Gold: RadControls for Silverlight • Telerik
Silver: DXperience Silverlight • DevExpress
Bronze: NetAdvantage for Silverlight • Infragistics

"Telerik's XAML products are outstanding. RadControls enriches the XAML/WPF/Silverlight platforms and uncovers their full power. I can't develop in XAML without these controls!"

Other Hot Products in this Year's Community Choice Survey
ComponentOne Studio for Silverlight
Mindscape Silverlight Elements

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Best Testing/QA Tool

Gold: Test Studio • Telerik
Silver: SmartAssembly • Red Gate Software
Bronze: TestComplete • SmartBear Software

"Telerik Test Studio allows me to shorten my test cycles dramatically."

Other Hot Products in this Year's Community Choice Survey
Infragistics TestAdvantage
HP Performance Center

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Best Utility

Gold: JustDecompile • Telerik
Silver: ASPxSpellChecker • DevExpress
Bronze: Dropbox • Dropbox

"Telerik JustDecompile helps you find your way in the jungle of legacy code."

Other Hot Products in this Year's Community Choice Survey
JetBrains ReSharper
Red Gate Software SQL Compare

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Best Free Tool

Gold: JustDecompile • Telerik
Silver: ASPxEditors • DevExpress
Bronze: Notepad++ • Don Ho

"JustDecompile is simply the best free tool there is."

Other Hot Products in this Year's Community Choice Survey
Dropbox
Syncfusion Metro Studio
Mozilla Firebug

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Best Vendor Tech Support

Gold: DevExpress
Silver: Telerik
Bronze: combit

"DevExpress support is available instantly on all popular social media, from Facebook to Twitter and even LinkedIn. Wherever you find a DevExpress staff member, you get support."

Other Hot Vendors in this Year's Community Choice Survey
Microsoft
Mindscape