ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 18, 2010
The judging experience was very fun for me, and was also the first time I had the opportunity to use Google Wave.Â Let me just say about that technology that while I see how it could be rather useful, I can also understand why it’s no longer being developed.Â I think we’re going to see something like that being quite popular down the road, and it’s a good bet it’ll come from Google, but it may have been a little ahead of its time in a sense.
My own judgment for the award was actually for ExtJS as I felt that when you compare it to the others, the only strong comparison is to Dojo… this is because jQuery, and to a lesser extent MooTools, out of the box don’t come with a widget set, where as Dojo and ExtJS do (and Rafael is a little more specifically-targeted, so isn’t really a fair comparison to the other more general-purpose libraries).Â This to me makes ExtJS and Dojo automatically richer libraries than the others.Â That being said, I completely understand why so many voted for jQuery… it’s a fantastic library that has served many people extremely well.Â So, even though it wasn’t my #1 choice (I believe I had it as second runner-up after Dojo) this was in no way, shape or form an outcome I can really argue with.Â jQuery has a ton going for it, and if you add in something like jQuery UI, it is very, very good in almost every way.
I also want to say that every library was represented by someone from its community… John Resig for jQuery, Michael Mullany for ExtJS, Dylan Schiemann for Dojo, Dmitry Baranovskiy for Rafael and David Walsh for MooTools.Â I had interacted with John, Michael and Dylan before, but Dmitry and David were new people to me.Â I just want to say that all of them are class acts and supremely talented individuals who represented their libraries and communities extremely well.Â We judges had the opportunity to pepper them with questions via Wave, in a few instances somewhat pointed questions, and they were all answered extremely well… in fact, I can honestly say that I learned a thing or two in the process, so that was a nice added bonus!
So, thanks very much to Packt Publishing for inviting me to participate, thanks to everyone who represented their libraries so well and of course congratulations again to jQuery for the win and to all the competitors for being fantastic products… it’s to all of your credit that the decision was not an easy one for me, and I suspect for anyone that voted!
Here’s the press release, courtesy of Julian Copes from Packt, who did a fantastic job organizing this and making it a smooth, enjoyable experience.
FOR RELEASE ON NOVEMBER 18, 2010
Birmingham, UK. 18 November 2010
With this announcement, the 2010 Open Source Awards has two more categories left, including the Open Source CMS category, for which results will be announced November 19th.
For detailed results on each category and more information about the Award, please visit: https://www.packtpub.com/open-source-awards-home.
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About the Open Source Awards
The Open Source Awards is an annual online event held by Packt Publishing to distinguish excellence among Open Source projects. The Award, formerly known as the Open Source Content Management System (CMS) Award, is designed to encourage, support, recognize and reward a wide range of Open Source projects.
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