On March the 11th TechWeb announced the winners  of the 19th annual Jolt Product Excellence and Productivity awards . "Programming in Scala"  by Martin Odersky, Lex Spoon and Bill Venners won a Jolt Productivity Award while "Real World Haskell"  by Bryan O'Sullivan, John Goerzen and Don Stewart won the Jolt Product Excellence Award for the Technical Books category. These awards are considered to be the 'Oscars' of the Software Development Industry honoring innovation and technological achievement.
The authors are to be congratulated on writing excellent books that present leading edge technology so well. This is the first time books featuring functional programming have reached the finals of the competition. Two in one year must acknowledge the growing importance of functional programming concepts to developers everywhere.