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.
2009 Plugin of the Year
David Rencher - LumisFor 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
- TruncHTML (Oliver Heine (silenz)) - This was a runner-up last year as well. Creates excerpts and closes any open tags. Very useful.
- FLV Player (John Henry Donovan (vinnyio)) - Simple plugin so you can insert flash video (FLV) into your templates or posts.
- EE Gravatar (Philip Zaengle) - Allows you to easily insert a "globally recognized avatar" image from Gravatar.
2009 Module of the Year
StructureUser, 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
- Freeform (Solspace) - A great module that lets you track and export submitted form info.
- 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.
- 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
FieldFramePlaya (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
- 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?
- 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.
- 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 Kellysaid 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
- 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.
- Stephen Lewis (Experience Internet) - Stephen has a number of fantastic add-ons including Speakeasy, SL Google Map, SL Developer Info, and many more.
- 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.