The RCA Experience
By David Riggs
The RCA Experience; it sounds like a 1960s attraction at Disneyland, doesn t it? Well, it didn t require an E ticket, but administering the annual Readers Choice Awards (RCA) balloting was definitely an experience.
Putting together this kind of list is a dynamic process that often takes on a life of its own; companies and products come and go so fast it is sometimes difficult to keep up with the changes. Other products are difficult to categorize. And, I ll admit, we unfortunately miss a few products every year; it s the nature of the beast, and it s definitely a work in progress. I appreciate those of you who contacted us to identify when we had gone astray. One thing is certain: Our readers are passionate about their tools many of the e-mails I got about missing products didn t come from the companies, they came from the users. To me this indicates a level of involvement in the community that is second to none. And it certainly validates the long hours spent developing, testing, and marketing by many third-party companies.
Being able to say your company is the choice of professional ASP.NET developers is no trivial matter. The winners get bragging rights for a year, as well as the use of the asp.netPRO Readers Choice logo on their Web sites and promotional materials. But sometimes not winning can provide the drive and inspiration to achieve more in the coming year.
I d like to thank all the third-party vendors who create the products and services included in our survey. The products they create and the risks they take to bring them to the market are what these awards are all about. Their efforts make your ASP.NET development efforts more efficient, more productive, and hopefully, more profitable. Congratulations to every company on the ballot; without these entrepreneurs who are willing to risk their time and effort each year, there would be no ASP.NET community.
I d also like to extend my thanks to all of you in the ASP.NET community who took time to visit our Web site and vote for your favorite products. The asp.netPRO Readers Choice Awards really do belong to you we simply tabulate the votes and report back to you.
So, the ballots have been cast, collected, and counted. This was your chance to recognize and praise those in our industry who provide products and services that make you more productive and you have spoken. Click here for the results of this year s asp.netPRO annual Readers Choice Awards balloting.
Thanks again for taking your time to vote. And thanks for reading.
David Riggs is editor-in-chief of asp.netPRO and its companion e-newsletter, asp.netNOW. Reach him at mailto:[email protected].