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1997 Readers' Choice Awards: Development Tools

Programming Environment or Compiler

[Winner] VisualAge for C++
by IBM

IBM has a habit of producing some of the best developers' tools around, especially with its VisualAge line which now spans over a dozen different languages. Winner of last year's Readers Choice awards too, this robust visual development environment is the successor to the popular CSet++ and contains a C/C++ compiler, linker, debugger, performance analyzer, visual builder, database access tools and IPF compiler. VAC++ also features extensive class libraries and Direct-to-SOM support.

[Runner-Up] VisualAge for Java
by IBM

And if it wasn't C++ our readers were clamoring for last year, it was the hot new programming language called Java. It seems IBM can't lose! VisualAge for Java is known not only for its support of the latest Java 1.1 standard, including JavaBeans and JDBC, but also for its ease of use, flexibility and power too. Qualities that made it Runner-Up in this year's "Programming Environment or Compiler" category.

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Text Editor or Programming Editor

[Winner] EPM
by IBM

Winning this category for the second year in a row and included free in OS/2 itself is the Enhanced Editor, better known as EPM. EPM is a do-all workhorse used for everything from simple text editing to program code editing to HTML editing. Its programmability allows users to extend its basic functions with new, custom menus and features. This incredible versatility and low price tag (free) keep its popularity high despite competition from third party products.

[Runner-Up] MED
by Matthias Pfersdorff

Formerly known as Mr. Ed, MED is a great programmers editor that supports syntax highlighting for a staggering number of programming languages, including C, C++, Java, Rexx, HTML and even OS/2's CONFIG.SYS, believe it or not! Not only that, but MED also comes with a number of other handy widgets that make programming life easier, such as a Window Monitor for keeping track of lots of open files, macro recorder, multiple compiler support and immense configurability.

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HTML Editor

[Winner] HomePage Publisher
by JBC

Runner up last year, HomePage Publisher was the first standalone "WYSIWYG" web page editor for OS/2, allowing users to create or modify HTML pages without knowledge of HTML tags or syntax. With HPP, users can make changes by simply clicking toolbars, etc. In short, HPP is a Web browser that offers all the possibilities of a word processor. The latest version even supports frames.

These abilities have paid off with our readers, moving HPP up in the rankings to the number one spot this year.

[Runner-Up] HTML Studio
by Panacea Software

And completing the switch, last year's winner is this year's runner up in the same category. HTML Studio from Panacea Software allows you to rapidly create and edit web pages without having to know HTML, just like HomePage Publisher (but it isn't "WYSIWYG"). The program features drag 'n drop support, a preview window (a fully functional HTML 3.0 web browser using WebExplorer libraries), printing, font and colour support. Despite it's lack of WYSIWYG features, HTML Studio is still a solid contender with our readers.

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