Just noticed on The Server Side an announcement regarding the "Developer.com Product of the Year 2006 Winners". As you can see for yourself, JSF (Java Server Faces), Ant, Eclipse and Eclipse are the tools and technologies to look out for. As is J(2)EE 5 (JSR 244). Best open source products: OpenOffice and FireFox. Best database is MySQL 5.0… The awards are decided upon by the readers of Developer.com. By the way: Microsoft won an award too. For best .NET product.