Executive Summary: The Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Magazine Best of TechEd Developers 2008 Awards spotlight the top SQL Server– and development-related products from Microsoft's partners. Our judges considered each finalist's strategic importance, competitive advantage, and value to customers, then chose winning products in five categories: developer tools, software components and middleware, database development tools, SharePoint development tools, and breakthrough product. In addition, attendees voted to determine the winner of the Attendees’ Pick Award.

The Best of TechEd Awards recognize innovative products and services offered by Microsoft partners that exhibited at TechEd 2008 Developers.

Our judges consisted of SQL Server Magazine and Windows IT Pro editors, who winnowed the 65 submissions to 13 finalists. On site in Orlando, our editors reviewed the finalists to pick winners in five categories, including a Breakthrough Product category for the most outstanding product of the show. The judges evaluated the entries according to three criteria: strategic importance to the market, competitive advantage, and value to customers.

Best Developer Tools
Intercept Studio 4
AVIcode’s Intercept Studio 4 provides application troubleshooting and health monitoring without requiring any changes to application code. An essential tool for troubleshooting and monitoring critical .NET applications, Intercept Studio 4 captures system activity levels prior to application errors, as well as all current system counters, code and object values, and user parameters.

—Michael Otey

Best Software Components and Middleware
Red Carpet Subscriptions
In the Software Components and Middleware category, our winner is /n software’s Red Carpet Subscriptions. This product includes the IPWorks! Internet Toolkit, containing TCP/IP communications controls, and integration with popular Internet business applications and services, including PayPal, credit cards, and FedEx. It also includes enterprise adapters for Microsoft BizTalk Server and SQL Server Integration Services.

—Michael Otey

Best Database Development Tools
Studio for WinForms
The Best of TechEd in the Database Development Tools category is ComponentOne’s Studio for WinForms. Building applications is always easier with a good selection of tools, and Studio for WinForms includes dozens of ready-made .NET components for developers, ranging from calendars, menus, and tabs to toolbars and inputs.

—Jeff James

Best SharePoint Development Tools
K2 blackpearl
In the SharePoint Development Tools category, our winner is K2 blackpearl. This collection of easy-to-use tools lets developers quickly create applications that pull together disparate systems and business processes. K2 blackpearl can leverage your existing infrastructure investment—including SharePoint and Microsoft Office Forms Server—to surface the custom applications you create.

—Jeff James

Breakthrough Product
CodeRush for Visual Studio .NET
Developer Express’s CodeRush for Visual Studio .NET impressed our judges, and won recognition as the outstanding product of TechEd 2008 Developers. Developing high-quality code is hard work, and CodeRush helps developers optimize their most valuable asset: their time. CodeRush lets developers create, reuse, and insert complex chunks of code in seconds.

—Jeff James

Attendees’ Pick
DXperience
Developers who attended this year’s TechEd 2008 Developers voted online for their favorite products. After tallying the votes, Developer Express’s DXperience emerged as the winner of the Attendees’ Pick Award. DXperience is a subscription service that gives developers a robust collection of predefined controls and tools to help them build .NET applications more quickly.

—Jeff James