Out of the frying pan...

...into the fire. I finally got back from the Tech Day events in London and Paris. Both went very well. Lots of great developers all over the place. One of the things I love to do is "open mic" question and answer sessions: I got some really good grillings on this trip. I had promised myself that I would do a lot of blogging this time, but it never happened. Between being booked for too many hours a day and an irrational need to sleep, I didn't succeed.

One particularly interesting visit I went on was to the Computing Laboratory at the University of Kent. It (along with Deakin University) is the home of BlueJ. BlueJ is a great teaching tool/methodology/IDE that is used in schools an Universities all over the world. They've come up with a new thing called greenfoot, which is a cross betwen a framework/API for creating two-dimensional games&simulations and the BlueJ IDE. It's designed to help motivate kids to learn programming by making it easy for them to write games. Even if you're not a kid, the framework is a lot of fun.

Comments:

Hello My opinion about tools ( like greenfoot , ...) is not bad . because in one hand they have profit for beginner and improve productivity and in other hand they interact with beginner like end user and reduce beginner knowledge

Posted by Saeed Zarinfam on March 27, 2007 at 07:13 PM PDT #

Im went to Chengdu(China) Sun Developer Days last week.A Sun's question-master asked for us that "who used Netbeans in your java project?"There was just a 2 persons show us them hands.But after the seminar,I decide on convert to Netbeans from Eclipse.Netbeans is really cool tools~Thank Sun given too much for OpenSource commnity.And thank you,Mr.Gosling.thank you for Java. God be with you!!!

Posted by Shawn the Rock on March 31, 2007 at 12:41 AM PDT #

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