SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sun
Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) the creator and leading advocate of
Java(TM) technology, together with the NetBeans(TM) community and the
University of Kent today announced the general availability of a new
version of the open source NetBeans Integrated Development Environment
(IDE), the NetBeans IDE/BlueJ Edition. This freely available edition of
NetBeans offers a seamless migration path for students transitioning from
educational tools to a full-featured, professional IDE.
BlueJ is a programming environment developed at the University of Kent,
UK, and Deakin University, Australia aimed specifically at beginning
programmers. It offers educational tools, such as visualization and
interaction facilities that greatly aid the learning of object-oriented
concepts. First released in 1999, BlueJ has become one of the most popular
environments for programming education in introductory programming courses
and is included in the curriculum in more than 600 universities and
colleges around the world.
NetBeans IDE, with more than 10 million downloads, offers developers a
standards based approach for building Java Platform, Standard Edition (Java
SE)( http://java.sun.com/j2se/ ), Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java
EE) ( http://java.sun.com/j2ee/ ) and Java Platform, Micro Edition (Java
ME) ( http://java.sun.com/j2me/ ) applications for increased productivity.
"I have been waiting for the NetBeans/BlueJ edition to come out since I
saw how fantastic the Beta was to use," says Jason Morin, Math and Computer
Science Instructor, Overland High School, Cherry Creek School District,
Aurora, Colo. "NetBeans/BlueJ is now used in my Advanced Placement Computer
Science class. I tried Eclipse but it is a nightmare for teachers to manage
and Eclipse is difficult to grasp for students who are new to programming.
I wanted and needed a 'transition' to a professional IDE tool, and that is
exactly what the NetBeans/BlueJ edition provides."
"We are thrilled that the release of NetBeans/BlueJ Edition coincides
with the beginning of a new school year," said Laurie Tolson, vice
president of Java Development and Platform Engineering for Sun
Microsystems, Inc. "While BlueJ allows teachers to instruct students on
object oriented development -- now the standard introductory phase of
learning to program -- the NetBeans/BlueJ edition provides a logical next
step enabling students to extend their applications beyond simple models
while learning to use a professional development environment."
BlueJ is a project at the Computing Laboratory, University of Kent, and
Deakin University, Australia. It is part of the activities of the "Sun
Center of Excellence in Object-Oriented Education" at the University of
For more information: on the Net: http://www.bluej.org and
NetBeans/BlueJ edition: http://edu.netbeans.org/bluej/ .
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