BlueJ

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BlueJ is a development environment that allows you to develop Java programs quickly and easily. Its main features are that it is: Simple, designed for teaching, interactive, portable, mature and innovative.

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BlueJ review by <span>Joe V.</span>
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A Java IDE for Dummies

What do you like best?

You can get started on writing Java code and testing in in seconds. Set your project location, download the JDK, and you're good to go. BlueJ also supports checking for syntax errors, as well as the inclusion of debugging tools (easy to use as well) to practice your debugging skills as a programmer.

What do you dislike?

It might be limited to those with Java experience, as it's just an IDE that runs by itself, without extensive tools and plugins to better your coding construction/testing experience. For large-scale projects such as game development or Android development, I would recommend using something else like IntelliJ or Android Studio so you have access to plugins and much efficient code building utilities and testers.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need any IDE to get you started on creating simple Java applications, or to start learning Java or your first OOP language, this is the way to go!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It's a simple 'playground' IDE for those who want to try out java or get their hands on OOP after learning the basic logic of it.

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BlueJ review by <span>Ivan M.</span>
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Non-cluttered Java learning

What do you like best?

The user interface is really easy to use, because it's so simplified. It includes everything you need to learn and focus just on the code. The errors and warning pane is useful and it's actually verbose, so you can understand what is quickly happening with your code. The debugger and stack view is very helpful, and I like the fact is also just the essentials you just need to learn.

What do you dislike?

It would be really nice if the user experience went under a proper review by an UX specialist, because in some cases the interface isn't intuitive enough, so you as an user have to explore and try "get the hang out of it" several times, specially with the debugger. That is not a problem after you get used to, but if you leave it long enough, you'll find yourself exploring again in order to use it effectively.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Learn to use the integrated debugger, it will help you in the long run to properly learn Java. Just because it's a simplified IDE doesn't mean you can't do advanced software with it, it's all in your hands to do useful code to suit your business needs, as long as you understand it's just a front end of the JVM. Of course, after you're skilled in Java, you might as well move into Jetbrains IntelliJ or the default Netbeans.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

As a tool for introduction to Java Programming, it certainly does its job just fine. I value it's barebones, so you can focus on what's really important into your code.

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BlueJ review by <span>Steve Z.</span>
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Starter into Java

What do you like best?

BlueJ is great starter software for someone who wants to dive into java because of its simplicity and less advanced features.it is very ideal for someone who teaches java or not small-scale projects like schools projects etc.the less advanced features it has,the more one can focus more on the code itself and the best part is you can run it on any platform and it is absolutely free.

What do you dislike?

nothing really because it does as expected which is to make someone familiar with java programming

Recommendations to others considering the product

if you are someone who wants to learn or teach java then this is your best ide to choose.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

we sometimes do workshops in schools,companies and the community to teach them about programming and stuff and when doing java this is our preferred IDE because as programming can be a big step for some users so the less intimidating the ide is,the more one can grow to love and understand programming

BlueJ review by <span>fredrick M.</span>
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A great start to Java

What do you like best?

the simplicity in it,bluej does not have dozen of features, options etc which sometimes intimidates users what first use especially for beginners and most of all its super light but at the same time getting the job done.the fact that it does not have those features code hinting makes it more richer because it helps the user to be more familiar with code.The other thing is bluej is available on many platforms windows,linux,mac etc so you dont have to change your operating system to use it

What do you dislike?

i definitely love everything about it other than to suggest to add a few modern themes to it .

Recommendations to others considering the product

Bluej should be the official starting point of any java student/learner.anyone thinking of trying out java should definitely get bluej and the best part is its FREE!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

i started coding java when i was in college and because of its simplicity and less fancy features,it made me to focus more my code which helped me to excel in my final year exams.Currently i volunteer to teach at my former high school programming and this is the same program i use because it worked wonders when i used it too

BlueJ review by <span>Imran K.</span>
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A must have IDE for beginners.

What do you like best?

Bluej is one of the simplest IDE for Java development. It's not so fancy features makes it one of the most go to IDE for the beginners. Anyone having a different operating system can learn to code.

Bluej also makes life easy for the teachers as they are able to explain concepts of Java to the students in an easy and simple way.

What do you dislike?

Bluej being a very simple IDE, it is not often recommended to the programming veterans and people who are at an intermediate level. Due to this, Blue J is not used in making real-world or big projects. Only small projects are build using Bluej. Also, there is no code completion and the editor window has very basic syntax highlighting. All you can do is create a class, create an object visually, pass the parameters and obtain the results, that's about it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Bluej mainly serves educational purposes, so it is a must-have for any student. It is highly recommended to anyone who wants to learn Java in a quick and simple way.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I learned a lot about the functionality of classes and its relationship with objects. Its user interface made it easy for me to focus only on writing codes. I used this IDE a lot in my learning phase and a had a wonderful experience. Currently, I teach coding to a small group of underprivileged students.

BlueJ review by <span>Mohd Anas K.</span>
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One of the best IDE for Java Programmers.

What do you like best?

The best thing about BlueJ is, its simple interface which is very interactive. It doesn’t have complex interface as compared to the professional Netbeans and Eclipse, Anyone can get used to it quickly. The other best thing is, it is quite portable, it is available for almost all OS, like Windows,Linux, Mac OS/X.

What do you dislike?

Compare to some other IDE, BlueJ is not suitable for large projects. It is quite handy for smaller projects. The other thing, which I don’t like is, its limited features. It has some less features compared to other IDE.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Since BlueJ is made for educational purpose, so it is the perfect IDE for beginners and it is very user friendly. You should go for it . It is must have iDE .

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

BlueJ is almost fifteen years old, and has large number of community users all over the world, so there is large help and support available for the user. The business software building process is faster compared to other IDEs because code compilation is faster also it has some great features which helps you debugging your code.

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