Notwithstanding a tight economy, ASP.NET developers remain keen on third-party products, as evidenced by the participation in the 2009 asp.netPRO Readers' Choice Awards voting. This year, the asp.netPRO community cast more than 8,000 total votes on dozens of products in 25 categories, ranging from add-in tools to code editors to various components, controls, and specialized tools.

Old Favorites and a New Category

This year's voting results included many of the 2008 Readers' Choice Award winners, among them perennial favorites Developer Express and Telerik, taking the winner and runner-up positions, respectively, in the Charting and Graphics Tool, Component Set, Grid, Navigation Control, Online Editor, Printing/Reporting Tool, Silverlight, and Utility categories. Additionally, Developer Express took first place in the Add-in and Community Resource (for its DevExpress Community Site) categories, while Telerik won the Testing/QA Tool category with Telerik WebUI Test Studio (powered by ArtOfTest).

Offering a nod to the emergence of the Silverlight platform and its growing use among ASP.NET developers, asp.netPRO added Silverlight as a new product category in the Readers' Choice Awards. In this category, Developer Express, Telerik, and ComponentOne were readers' top three choices: Developer Express AgDataGrid Suite, Telerik RadControls for Silverlight, and ComponentOne Studio for Silverlight. About 43 percent of Readers' Choice Award voters chose a product in this category, a sign that ASP.NET professionals are getting more interested in Silverlight development tools.

Rising Stars

Notably, some new names appeared in this year's list of finalists. For instance, for the first time, DotNetNuke Professional Edition placed in the Content Management System category, taking the runner-up spot. Another newcomer to the winner's circle, 360 IMPACT's ASP.NET Auto Email, took first place in the Email Control category, beating out Advanced Intellect's aspNetEmail, which had won or received runner-up in the category for the previous four years. Other products appearing for the first time in at least three years among the list of Readers' Choice Award category winners include FarPoint Spread for ASP.NET (Honorable Mention, Grid); Applied Innovations and MaximumASP (Runner-up and Honorable Mention, Hosting Service); ASPSmith.com's ASP.NET Training (Winner, Training); and, of course, the three products winning awards in the Silverlight category.

The Vote That Matters

Ultimately, the vote that matters to ASP.NET vendors is whether customers ASP.NET professionals like you choose and stay with their products. The fact that a number of vendors have received Readers' Choice awards several years running bodes well for the reputation of these vendors and their products among asp.netPRO readers. As asp.netPRO Executive Editor Sheila Molnar mentions in her editorial this month, third-party vendors serve a vital role in enhancing and extending the basic foundation that Microsoft has laid with its products. But you, the developers, are the actual users and ultimate beneficiaries of these tools. As such, your voice and your choice of this year's Readers' Choice Award recipients is the one that matters the most.

Category Winner Runner-Up Honorable Mention
Add-in Developer Express CodeRush for Visual Studio .NET JetBrains' ReSharper Madinina Software's CodeObject for Visual Studio .NET
Charting and Graphics Tool Developer Express XtraCharts Suite Telerik RadChart for ASP.NET AJAX Dundas Chart for .NET
Chat Application Xigla Software's Absolute Live Support .NET CuteSoft Components' Cute Chat Web Furbish's JaxterChat ASP.NET Chat Control
Code Editor IDM Computer Solutions' UltraEdit Helios Software Solutions' TextPad SlickEdit Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio
Communications Tool /n software's IP*Works! Dart Communications' PowerTCP for .NET Catalyst Development's SocketTools .NET Edition
Community Resource DevExpress Community
Site/Developer Express
The Code Project Microsoft's ASP.NET Site
Component Set Developer Express DXperience
ASP.NET
Telerik RadControls for ASP.NET
AJAX
ComponentOne Studio Enterprise
Content Management System Microsoft Office SharePoint Server
2007 - Web Content Management
DotNetNuke Professional Edition Telerik Sitefinity CMS
e-Commerce Package AbleCommerce Asp.Net Shopping
Cart
AspDotNetStorefront Corporate Web Solutions' .netCART
Email Control 360 IMPACT's ASP.NET Auto Email Advanced Intellect's aspNetEmail /n software's IP*Works! S/MIME
Forum Application Telligent Community Server BV Software's DotNetBB Forums Active Modules' Active Forums
Grid Developer Express ASPxGridView Telerik RadGrid for ASP.NET AJAX FarPoint Spread for ASP.NET
Hosting Service DiscountASP.NET Applied Innovations MaximumASP
IDE Microsoft Visual Studio Delphi Prism Sun Microsystems'
Sun Studio 8
Navigation Control Developer Express ASPxNavBar Telerik RadMenu for ASP.NET AJAX ComponentOne Menu for ASP.NET
Online Editor Developer Express ASPxHTML
Editor
Telerik RadEditor for ASP.NET AJAX Infragistics NetAdvantage for ASP.NET WebHtmlEditor
Polling Tool CodeWidgets.com's Online Voting/Survey Web-App PeterBlum.com's Peter's Polling Package  
Printing/Reporting Tool Developer Express XtraReports Suite Telerik Reporting GrapeCity-Data Dynamics' ActiveReports for .NET
Project Management/Defect Tracking Axosoft's OnTime 2009 Fog Creek Software's FogBugz Seapine Software's TestTrack Pro
Scheduling/Calendar Tool Developer Express ASPxScheduler Telerik RadScheduler for ASP.NET AJAX ComponentOne WebSchedule/WebCalendar
Security Tool PreEmptive Solutions' Dotfuscator /n software's IP*Works! SSL Novalys's Visual Guard for .NET
Silverlight Developer Express AgDataGrid Suite Telerik RadControls for Silverlight ComponentOne Studio for Silverlight
Testing/QA Tool Telerik WebUI Test Studio (powered by ArtOfTest) Red Gate Software's ANTS Profiler AutomatedQA's TestComplete
Training ASPSmith.com's ASP.NET Training Telerik Training AppDev Training
Utility Developer Express ASPxSpellChecker Telerik RadSpell for ASP.NET AJAX CodeSmith Tools' CodeSmith

Anne Grubb (anne.grubb@penton.com) is web and developer strategic editor for asp.netPRO, Windows IT Pro, SQL Server Magazine, and System i NEWS, and editor of the asp.netNOW newsletter.