As Matts has already noted, the nominations for the ActiveState Award are up. The nominees are Schwern, Matt Sergeant, Michael Peppler, Damian Conway and Bill Luebkert.
Now, grumbles about the voting system aside (there's no way that I, as a Perl programmer, am competent to vote in the other polls, I haven't the faintest idea who any of those people are for heavens' sake.
Now, as a long time supporter of Mr Conway, you'd think I would have immediately stuck my cross next to his name and made a vote. Well... no; I voted for Schwern.
Why? Because as I understood the Award, it is supposed to be for the 'unsung heroes'. And Damian, for all he's a great guy, superb speaker top notch programmer and trainer, isn't exactly unsung. Hell, he has an Award named after him.
Schwern however, is pretty much unsung outside the Perl community (and in some cases within that community), the work he's done hasn't exactly been glamourous, but the testing effort that he's spearheaded is vitally important. Because of Schwern's efforts, the perl core is better tested than it's ever been, and we have better and more immediately accessible tools for writing tests in our own modules. And this is very good indeed.
So, vote Schwern. Vote early. Vote often. Nag Activestate to allow voting in a subset of all the categories.