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2009 AcademEE Award Winners

December 29, 2009
by Ryan Masuga

The results are in! The 2009 AcademEE Awards (2nd Annual) were the first devot:ee awards where the passionate ExpressionEngine users of the devot:ee community got to cast votes for their favorite add-ons and for the most important developer over the past year.

Last year, devot:ee started the AcademEE Awards by personally selecting the winners based on those add-ons we had used that past year and who we thought had put the most effort into developing for ExpressionEngine. You can see all of last year's winners on the 2008 AcademEE Award Page. This year, we let the entire devot:ee community vote, based on those add-ons that were designated as the top favorites in their respective categories by devot:ed members, as well as the most prolific developers. We're glad to finally announce 2009's winners.

2009 Plugin of the Year

Image Sizer

David Rencher - Lumis
For the second year in a row, David Rencher's Image Sizer wins this award - and it wasn't even close. As stated last year, this add-on works very well when clients have a single image that needs to appear in different sizes in different places on different templates - or for strict damage control for those clients who always seem to upload images that are too large.
Top Three Runners-Up for Plugin of the Year
  1. TruncHTML (Oliver Heine (silenz)) - This was a runner-up last year as well. Creates excerpts and closes any open tags. Very useful.
  2. FLV Player (John Henry Donovan (vinnyio)) - Simple plugin so you can insert flash video (FLV) into your templates or posts.
  3. EE Gravatar (Philip Zaengle) - Allows you to easily insert a "globally recognized avatar" image from Gravatar.

2009 Module of the Year

Structure

Travis Schmeisser
Last year's Module winner was Solspace's User, which makes an appearance this year as a runner-up. This year, there was absolutely no question that people thought Structure was where it's at. Structure forgoes the template_group/template setup and creates “static” and “listing” pages that are all editable through a tree sitemap view, allowing traditional page style content and multiple entry pages to live within the same area. For extensive info about using Structure, visit Build With Structure.
Top Three Runners-Up for Module of the Year
  1. Freeform (Solspace) - A great module that lets you track and export submitted form info.
  2. User (Solspace) - Avoid having to mess with native EE member templates and gain much greater control over member-related templates. User is employed on devot:ee. We couldn't imagine having made the member pages without it.
  3. Deeploy Helper (Hop Studios) - Collects many of the configuration parameters we most frequently modify on one page, where power users can modify them all at once.

2009 Extension of the Year

FieldFrame

Brandon Kelly, Pixel & Tonic
Brandon won this category last year with Playa (which appears this year as a runner-up) but FieldFrame took the cake this year because of how much it meant to ExpressionEngine development as a whole. FieldFrame is a framework for rapid development of fieldtype extensions in ExpressionEngine - meaning it's a meta add-on. It makes it easier to make other add-ons, and therein lies its secret power. You almost can't develop a site without installing this (well, you could, but you must like to do things the hard way). FieldFrame is so awesome, the API is built into EE2.
Top Three Runners-Up for Extension of the Year
  1. nGen File (Fred Boyle, nGen Works) - Adds a file upload custom field type. Useful for creating galleries, download libraries, and much more. At this point, why would you use anything else for file uploads?
  2. Playa (Brandon Kelly) - This is simply how multiple relationships should be done. There have been many nice enhancements added over the past year, including different UI modes and other improvements.
  3. Wygwam (Brandon Kelly) - This add-on is the premier WYSIWYG editor for ExpressionEngine. Powered by CKEditor 3. Highly recommended if you're using any WYSIWYG fields in your control panel.

2009 Developer of the Year

Brandon Kelly

Brandon Kelly, Pixel & Tonic
This is our equivalent of "Best Director", and perhaps "Best Picture" all rolled into one. If nothing else, Brandon can holler "I'm King of the World!" for the next year. Leevi Graham won last year, but within the last twelve months, Brandon had amped up his production - and his support - and has become an exceptional member of the ExpressionEngine community. Jamie Pittock may have said it best earlier this month on Twitter when he wrote "While I love all EE developers, I think I may have stopped using EE by now if it were not for @brandonkelly."
Top Three Runners-Up for Developer of the Year
  1. Leevi Graham (Newism, leevigraham.com) - Last year's winner is still very much at the top. Leevi doesn't sleep, and that allows him to put out great add-ons like LG Better Meta, LG Live Look, and many more.
  2. Stephen Lewis (Experience Internet) - Stephen has a number of fantastic add-ons including Speakeasy, SL Google Map, SL Developer Info, and many more.
  3. Solspace (Paul Burdick, Mitchell Kimbrough, et al. - solspace.com) - The grandaddy of ExpressionEngine add-on development. Many offerings, most of which you're probably familiar with. We look forward to great things from Solspace in 2010, due to the addition of Paul Burdick as lead developer there.
Thank you to everyone who voted. We're really glad to see ExpressionEngine add-on development alive and well. We're sure 2010 will bring a number of fantastic new developments. See you next year!

5 Comments:

Todd D. 12.29.09

Todd D.

Congrats to all the winners!

Cem Meric 01.01.10

Cem Meric

Well done everyone, pity MX UniEditor didn’t make it.

I rather that to nGen File+Wygwam combined.

Next year I think AcademEE Awards should have free and commercial add-ons categories separated.

Ryan Masuga 01.04.10

Ryan Masuga

Cem: Not a bad idea to possibly separate the free/commercial into categories. We’ve also been considering segmenting into categories like “Images” or “Text”, but that could get a little time consuming and overly complicated.

Adam Khan 01.06.10

Ryan, among the brilliant new EE additions this year, the most important must surely be this very site. Which makes you the developer of the year to my mind. </arselick> — No, really. This site is great.

Ryan Masuga 01.06.10

Ryan Masuga

Thanks, Adam. Much appreciated!

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