RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK — Another trade show, another award for SlickEdit, the company whose motto is “Code quick, think slick.”

The Morrisville-based developer of editing tools that SlickEdit boasts “even the most accomplished developers to code faster and meet increasingly aggressive deadlines” was named the winner of the best application development tool at LinuxWorld in San Francisco this week.

“SlickEdit is delighted to receive the 2005 LinuxWorld Product Excellence Award for Best Application Development Tool,” SlickEdit President Erica Boisvert tells Local Tech Wire. “It is a clear reflection that we are achieving our goal which is to provide high performance tools with innovative features that increase developer productivity.”

While Triangle big names Red Hat (2) and IBM (7) were shut out, SlickEdit and Pittsboro-based Open NMS are coming home winners. Among the companies SlickEdit beat out for its award was Novell. (OpenNMS won top honors for network management. See: )

SlickEdit’s Version 10 of its tool suite has received a number of positive reviews, including the Readers Choice’ Merit Award from Visual Magazine. SlickEdit also cracked the Software Development Times “Top 100” for 2005 and earned a reader’s Choice at LinuxWorld in January of 2004 along with other honors.

“If you are a developer that must code in different operating systems and are looking for a tool to simplify operations, then you’ll have trouble finding a more robust, more suitable, more recommended product than Visual SlickEdit 10.0,” wrote Emmett Dulaney in Unixreview. “This editor offers everything that you need to allow you to focus on creating/testing/tweaking code and stop focusing on the minutiae of each individual operating system.”

SlickEdit, which embraced the Linux operating system in 1996, offered a variety of new tools in its latest release.

“Calling SlickEdit an editor is like calling the F-16 a single-seat airplane,” says one CAD development software engineer, who is quoted on the SlickEdit web site.

The F-16 Fighting Falcon just happens to be one of the world’s most feared fighter jets.

A Difficult Year Off the Playing Court

The LinuxWorld honor comes in what has been a difficult year for privately held SlickEdit off its programming playing field. SlickEdit won favorable rulings in most of the allegations leveled against its co-founder J. Clark Maurer, president and chief operating officer Erica Boisvert and board chairman Andre Boisvert by Jill Maurer, Maurer’s ex-wife and former chief executive officer of the firm.

Jill Maurer, who helped Clark, a former IBM programmer, launch the company in Virginia in 1988, was ousted as CEO last year. That triggered Jill Maurer’s suit, which went to the North Carolina Business Court in Greensboro. The judge handed down his rulings in May.

Andre Boisvert is a former president and chief operating officer at SAS.

The Maurers moved to North Carolina in 1990, changed the name of the company from MicroEdge to SlickEdit and moved from Apex to Morrisville in October of 2001. SlickEdit’s consisted growth and adaptation to include more operating systems such as Linux won the company a place on the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 for four straight years.

(If you want to read more about the court case, see: )

Complete Winner’s List

The other LinuxWorld winners were:

  • Best Security Solution: Astaro

  • Most Innovative Hardware Solution: Levanta

  • Best Servers: Rackable Systems

  • Best Integration Solution: Win4Lin, Inc.

  • Best Data Backup or Storage Solution: Coriad, Inc.

  • Best Database Solution: Enterprise DB Corporation

  • Best Open Source Solution: Mambo

  • Best Systems Management Tool: The OpenNMS Project

  • Best Utility/Grid: Rackable Systems

  • Best Desktop/Productivity/Business Application: Xandros

  • Best Messaging Solution: Scalix

  • Best Clustering Solution (Joint Winners): SteelEye Technology, Appro International Inc.

  • Best Application Development Tool: SlickEdit

  • Best in Show: LTSP
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