Apple's WebObjects 5.2 has received recognition in the "Oscars" of the software industry.

WebObjects – used for developing and deploying Java server applications – was runner up in the Best Java Component category of the SYS-CON Media Readers' Choice Awards.

The winner was Eclipse SWT, described as "a kind of universal tool platform - an open extensible IDE for anything and nothing in particular".

The winners were announced at the Edge 2004 East Conference & Expo in Boston this week.

The selection was the result of the votes of readers of six magazines: JDJ, LinuxWorld, Web Services Journal, .NET Developer's Journal, XML-Journal, and ColdFusion Developer's Journal. Voting took place between March 1 and December 31, 2003.

According to SYS-CON Media: "The list of companies receiving this year's awards reads like a Who's Who of the most active and enterprising players in the hi-technology space."

Other companies receiving recognition included Computer Associates, Compuware, IBM, JBoss, Macromedia, Microsoft, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, and Wiley Publishing.