NetBeans Meets BlueJ

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Read the whole story here. Ok, I know, this is a press release... :) So to explain what we are doing: we are building together with authors of BlueJ from the University of Kent a special version of NetBeans. It will support BlueJ projects and thus make it easier for people who use BlueJ to open their projects in NetBeans. This is quite easy to do because as you know everything in NetBeans is a module - thus we will choose a subset of NetBeans functionality (including Matisse) and add several features e.g. to show files in the project in the BlueJ way.

Why should you care? Well, BlueJ is great for learning Java - no surprise it is so widely popular on universities. Once you learn enough you become ready for a full-blown IDE such as NetBeans to work on bigger Java projects. Then the transition will be easy - you will be able to try the BlueJ edition of NetBeans on your BlueJ projects and start to learn all the advanced features (refactorings, CVS, etc.).

And for those who like to see things instead of reading press releases, this is how it can look like (very early development version):

Very simple UI, support for BlueJ projects

Btw, if you want to try BlueJ, you can get it BlueJ here. The download size less than 3 MB.

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Comments ( 3 )
  • Surya De Thursday, March 9, 2006
    Wow nice one! Quite cool! This should up the popularity of Netbeans even more! Great idea! The combination of BlueJ and Netbeans couldnt be better though I must say Netbeans is incredibly easy to use straight out of the box.
  • Alex Lam Thursday, March 9, 2006

    Can't wait for those nice BlueJ diagrams to show up within NetBeans ;-)

    Personally I'd prefer the straight arrow lines to be curves instead since they are often hard to follow, but having the diagrams + capabitilies of NetBeans would be tremendous already.

  • Roumen Thursday, March 9, 2006
    I don't think it's planned to have all the functionality of BlueJ in NetBeans - we'll support the projects, but I don't think we'll do the diagrams. We'll see, maybe in the next version :)
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