The Jolt Awards recognize those products, books, and websites that have "jolted" the industry in the past year. Winners are selected by a panel of judges consisting of industry insiders, columnists, and technology leaders.
I started reading Dr. Dobb's Journal back when I was 12. I regularly bought it off the newsstand at Oxford books in Atlanta and was lucky to understand one article in the entire magazine. I learned much of what I know by reading instead of going to college, so DDJ has been an invaluable resource for me. I remember greatly admiring the Jolt winners each year. I hardly imagined myself among them, especially so soon.
The judges picked three productivity winners and one overall Jolt winner from a pool of six finalists in each category. Guice had some stiff competition; other finalists in the Libraries, Frameworks and Components category included the Eclipse Modeling Project, JasperReports, Qt Jambi, the Spring Framework, and the Zend Framework. Congratulations to the productivity winners: Eclipse, Zend and JasperReports.
Kevin and I had the pleasure of accepting the award on stage, but the truth is, Guice 1.0 is heavily indebted to a lot of people. I can't name you all, but I would like to thank:
- My wife Krista and daughter Dagny for their support
- The Jolt judges for recognizing our hard work
- Kevin Thompson, our manager at the time who gave me the latitude to work on Guice full time
- My mentors Josh Bloch and Neal Gafter
- Cedric and Hani for their treatment of Guice in Next Generation Testing
- The early adopters and contributers who helped steer Guice to 1.0, in random order: Jesse Wilson, Zorzella, Laura Werner, Peter Epstein, Don Brown (Struts 2), Cliff Biffle, Arthur Gleckler
- Brian Slesinsky, for his apt analogies, Eric Burke, for his cartoons, and all the other bloggers who helped popularize Guice
- Robbie for writing a Guice book
- Dhanji for writing a Guice book, and integrating Guice with Hibernate and JPA in Warp Persist
- My parents for instilling a strong sense of type safety at an early age (Thanks for the reminder, kebernet.)
And finally, I'd like to thank Google for its unparalleled commitment to open source. If you haven't tried Guice yet, now is the time.