I’m back from Mainz, where I visited the BASTA! conference. As mentioned in my previous post, my Visual Studio add-in GhostDoc was one of the ten nominees for the BASTA! .Net Award. First to fifth place were awarded by a jury – GhostDoc couldn’t score here.
Then the audience was asked to raise hands for each of the ten nominees. In the end SharpDevelop and GhostDoc went head to head, getting the largest number of votes by far, with GhostDoc leading by three votes. So….
GhostDoc wins the BASTA! .NET Audience Award of 1000 EUR* !
At the time of the vote SharpDevelop had already won one of the jury’s prizes (3rd place), I guess that worked slightly in my favor. But nevertheless, receiving so many votes from the audience, devs like me, really means a lot to me. One of the other winners even came up to me and said “we’re all using GhostDoc at my company, it’s great!” – that’s nice to hear.
*1000 EUR = 1268.69$ as of 2006-09-20
Wow… my Visual Studio add-in GhostDoc was selected out of 32 proposals for the German .NET Award 2006 sponsored by BASTA!, dot.net magazin, msdn magazin (deutsche Ausgabe), entwickler magazin and SQLCON 2006 to be one of 10 nominees for the final round.
The nominees are, in no particular order (the linked pages are in German, sorry):
- Ralph Westphal – "one man think tank"
- Vanatec OpenAccess
- EXTRO – XML Webservice for Mobile Job Processing
- TurboDB Managed
- Sitrion iQL Studio 2006
- Ranorex – Ein innovativer Weg GUI Applikationen zu testen
- ScatterWeb .NET SDK
A total of 20000 EUR (over 25000 USD) are be won for 1st down to 6th place. Hey, with the 6th place winning 1000 EUR, I’d happily settle for that . But the competition is tough, with some heavy-weights like SharpDevelop and ComfortASP.NET in the mix. On the other hand, I don’t have to beat them, I only have to leave 4 other nominees behind me (which I think will be tough enough).
The award ceremony will be held on 20th of September as part of the BASTA! conference in Mainz. Originally I hadn’t planned to visit the conference, but as it’s not that far from Bonn, I’ll take a day off and drive to Mainz.
P.S. I’d like to thank Albert Weinert for convincing me to enter a proposal as I was feeling a bit intimidated by the premise of an award “for the best, most innovative, and most important contributions to .NET coming from Germany, Austria and Switzerland”.
Update 2006-09-15: Seems like I have to leave 5 (not 4) competitors behind me... in a mail clarifying what is happening when during the award ceremony it is mentioned that 1st to 5th place according to the judges get prizes and that one prize will be awarded by the audience (no chance for GhostDoc on that one, given the competition of e.g. SharpDevelop). Whatever; I look at the whole situation like this: I don't have to pay entry fees to the BASTA! conference for that day and I'll take what I can get in terms of interesting sessions. So even if GhostDoc doesn't make the Top 5, I still have gotten something nice from being in the Top 10.
In a typical case of “less is more”, Jens has taken a hard look at how to specify the file filter and has reworked it completely, ripping out the different options (compare prefix vs. find text in name). They can now be expressed by using file wildcards (*, ?). In a situation where speed all that counts, it’s the fastest way to express what you are looking for. And the wildcards don’t get in your way; entering e.g. “SomeText” is equivalent to “*SomeText*”. Allowing file wildcards was actually my personal killer feature of the DPack File Browser that even made me consider to switch (at least for a moment), but seems like Jens has listened carefully when I talked about DPack at lunch time ;-)
Version 1.2 also offers better configuration of the GUI, allowing to switch off features that either take up screen real estate (e.g. the “Match” column) or you simply don’t want to see.
For full details, see this post on Jens Schaller’s blog.