Tool Time


By David Riggs


Gizmos and gadgets. Doohickeys and doodads. And my favorite: thingamabobs. We love to use them, play with them, let them make our lives easier. But we often don t know what to call them, other than a whatchamacallit. This may be true in life, but in the world of Web development, you know exactly what tools you use to make your development duties faster, easier, and more productive.


You know precisely which third-party component suite offers the best tools for the job at hand. You know which charting tool you ll buy as soon as your boss signs off on the purchase order. You have your favorite code editor, like a security blanket, to which you will remain forever loyal (until something better comes along). Security tool? Training tool? Navigation control? Hosting service? You know which are your favorites. Maybe it s functionality. Maybe it s pricing. Whatever your motivation, you know which tools you use, and which ones you would use if you won the lottery. So tell me, I m curious as to which is your favorite content management system, your preferred utility, the e-Commerce package to which you remain faithful.


That s right, it s that time of year again. Time to go to the polls and declare your favorite products and services for enhancing your ASP.NET development efforts. Here at asp.netPRO we give our readers the chance to select their favorite products every year. This issue of asp.netPRO kicks off our annual Readers Choice Awards balloting. This is your chance to distinguish the companies whose products you use most often, and show your appreciation and recognition for a job well done. Between March 8 and April 8, visit http://www.aspnetPRO.com/readerschoice and take a few minutes to vote for the products and services that make your ASP.NET development easier, more efficient, more profitable, and even more fun. This is your opportunity to acknowledge those who provide products and services that make you more productive.


After the polls close we ll tally the votes and let you know who won (the winners will be recognized in the June issue of asp.netPRO). Winners get bragging rights for a year, as well the use of the asp.netPRO Readers Choice logo on their Web sites and promotional materials. Being able to say your company is the choice of professional ASP.NET developers is no trivial matter. For many companies this honor validates their work and justifies the long hours spent developing, testing, and marketing their products.


There are many exceptionally talented people in this industry; consider all the candidates thoughtfully and thoroughly, and let your voice be heard.


Thanks for reading. Go vote.


David Riggs is editor-in-chief of asp.netPRO and its companion e-newsletter, asp.netNOW. Reach him at mailto:[email protected].




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