Voting for the Java Developer Journal Reader Choice Awards is quite tedious as you have to vote in 27 categories and also provide your contact details as well as job profile.
However each category has an option "No Nominee" so you need not vote
if you are not sure. I could vote only in a few categories as I found
it a little unfair to vote when I don’t know how good the other
options are. So I voted only in cases where I was convinced that a
certain product was the best.
Also as it is requires someone to
nominate a product for it to be included, many good products are not
listed at all. I don’t recall seeing any Apache Jakarta projects
amongst the nominees.
The awards are ‘readers choice’ so all you
need to vote is an email address and that naturally would mean a lot of
bogus voting. The site says that the votes will get audited but that
has its limitations.
It would have been better if the awards
were decided by a judges panel as what is currently happening is that
mass usage items are easily beating niche products as most voters would
be unaware of those niche products.
Hey, btw my book Pro Jakarta Commons
appears in the Best Book category and although it is currently way down
in the rankings, your vote might help it put up a reasonable showing
🙂 So if you found Pro jakarta Commons useful, do vote.
If you can’t vote as you haven’t yet read it, maybe you should check it out at: Pro Jakarta Commons
JDJ Readers Choice Awards: http://www.sys-con.com/java/readerschoice2004