It was just announced at the Software Development West conference that Ruby on Rails won the 2006 Jolt Award for best web development tool! This is a well deserved recognition of the breakthrough productivity that Rails has brought to web development.
It is also interesting that the first Rails book, Agile Web Development with Rails, also won the Jolt Award for best technical book. You can read Dave and David’s blog entries about this, too… congratulations, guys!
This year’s Jolt awards haven’t yet been posted to the web, so I can’t give you a URL, yet. However, you can see the list of finalists to see what the competition was.