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Head First Servlets & JSP and Head First Design Patterns named Jolt Finalists

We've just learned that Head First Servlets and JSP and Head First Design Patterns have both been named finalist for the 15th Annual Software Development Jolt Product Excellence Awards.

Software Development's Jolt Product Excellence and Productivity Awards have been presented annually to products that have "jolted" the industry with their significance and made the task of creating software faster, easier and more efficient. Jolt cola, the fabled soft drink quaffed by software programmers for sustenance during development project marathons, sponsors the awards presentation.

Kathy and Bert have been nominated before for both Head First Java and their contributions to JavaRanch, that's gotta make them one of the most (if not the most) nominated authors teams in the industry. For Elisabeth and me, this is our first time! In any case, this says a lot for the brain-friendly approach.

Winners will be honored on March 16, 2005 in Santa Clara, California and in the June 2005 issue of Software Development. Wish us luck.

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Good luck. :-)

Posted by: Map | Jan 13, 2005 1:37:56 PM

Congrats with the nomination.

Posted by: Johannes de Jong | Jan 13, 2005 10:43:04 PM

Best of luck!!

Posted by: Gian Franco Casula | Jan 13, 2005 10:43:48 PM

Last year, Head First Java was a finalist, but didn't win. Little ol' javaranch, on the other hand, won a Jolt Productivity Award for the last two years--showing what a large group of passionate users can do, with an all-volunteer community site beating out the big commercial sites it was up against. (I was the original founder and creator of javaranch, but I can no longer take the credit; it became hugely popular thanks to the guy I turned it over to, who continues to run it, trail boss Paul Wheaton, and the hundreds of unpaid moderators who keep it "a friendly place").

I have to admit I was surprised to see BOTH of our 2004 Head First books make it to the finals this year. I haven't heard yet if javaranch is also in the finals, we're still waiting for Software Development magazine to make a formal announcement. All we know is that they wrote to O'Reilly with the news about the two books. There were several hundred software development books released in 2004, and only a tiny few make it to the finals, so we're very delighted to have had both our 2004 HF books as finalists.

I'm pretty sure the two books are in different categories (there are always two categories for books -- an overall category and specific technical) so they won't even have to compete with one another : )

I want to thank Johannes DeJong, who was the director of our technical reviewers/beta team for both of these books. Johannes you rock! You helped make these books much better than we could have done on our own.

I'm not sure a Head First is anywhere near mainstream enough to actually *win*, but what this DOES mean is that we get into the Software Development conference awards event (without having a conference ticket), and that means... good free food!

Posted by: Kathy Sierra | Jan 14, 2005 2:32:24 PM

Wish "All the Best" to both the books for the event.
Winning is a different thing, but "they do rock".

Posted by: Anshu Mishra | Jan 16, 2005 6:36:12 AM

I read all HF series, and I believe all HF books should be able to get into the finalists!

Posted by: Nick Cheung | Feb 22, 2005 9:21:15 AM

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