Sun, University of Kent Make It Easy for Students to Learn the Java Programming Language

Collaboration Offers Seamless Migration From BlueJ Educational Tools to

Full-Featured Professional NetBeans IDE Development Tools

Sep 19, 2006, 01:00 ET from Sun Microsystems, Inc.

    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)( ), Java Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java
 EE) ( ) and Java Platform, Micro Edition (Java
 ME) ( ) 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
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 NetBeans/BlueJ edition: .
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