I don’t usually give too much credit to awards such as Developer.com Product of the Year 2005 contest (other than having them on my presentation slides just like any other competitor). It’s a little like benchmarks (only even less serious) which I consider as necessary evil. In this case, it’s not more accurate than previous contests, but having Sun win 7 6 out of 10 categories (including Creator and NetBeans) sounds like there’s a trend going on.
Innovation pays and developers matter. I think we’re getting that part right.