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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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"Must Have for Beginners"

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Wowwww!

I have been in the industry for almost 3 years and have worked on dozens of polished code editors but this masterpiece is the champion of them all. This is not just a code editor, this can be a very very efficient tool in your understanding of Java Language. It graphically shows you what is there in your project using different graphical terminologies. You can see the inherited classes, the interfaces, enums and the connection between various classes. BlueJ is designed to put the imaginary things on the IDE Dashboard. BlueJ is simply awesome.

What do you dislike?

I haven't find any significant problems with this IDE. But if I consider its use in production environment, it is not feasible. It is developed for learning and understanding purpose and cannot be used in any production ready environment. But, there are many scopes of improvements in this product. As it is developed under a project of some University, I wish that they will provide future upgrades to this IDE so that people will enjoy learning Java Programming Language.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Recommended for Beginners and Learners

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I used it to understand the core concepts of Object Oriented Programming as well as Java Programming Language. Before BlueJ, I used Netbeans and Eclipse, but then found BlueJ to be more clear and intuitive. However, it is not so rich in functions, but is good for a begineer for learning purpose.

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"Use it to learn how to develop in JAVA"

What do you like best?

I find useful this tool for new students It's great for visualizing what's in memory. Besides, BlueJ allows seeing how objects are created

What do you dislike?

Compilation speed could also be improved I think There is no automatic completion of brackets nor parentheses The interface isn’t the best

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Eclipse sometimes feel much pro. Recommended this product to everybody. Go for blue j it's really awesome and makes one perfect in java and it's application.

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

It's very useful to see the design flow in a code. We use a lot this IDE in a Little projects that we have 2-3 days to do it because it's very easy to use and we can share with the others coworkers in order to compilate in the same way or when we have a new employee we give this IDE to start Python integration

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"BlueJ"

What do you like best?

BlueJ has a simple interface with everything you need to write Java programs. It's simplistic interface is almost nihilist with no bells or whistles. That is a good thing fr someone who just wants to write simple Java code snippets without all of the baggage of any other IDE. The simplicity really contributes to the overall launch speed of this product. Very nice start speed.

What do you dislike?

It's simple but it's too simple for any large development. Features could be lacking for any complex programs that may require a more complex IDE. Other than that, the interface could look nicer and more slick with ideally more rounded features. Could definitely add in a in-program editor without having a new pop-up window for each class that's opened. Tabs would really improve this product. Compilation speed could also be improved I think. Definitely useful for any future small developments but I think it might be limited to just that.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Go for it, it's nice and simple

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

Mostly research for the future of artificial intelligence and how this may impact the future of automation in enterprise software. This is a very important part of the future of how humans can interact with machines and how the future of human work could be like. Definitely high impact and may also be the future of where a lot of research is headed. Definitely an exciting research area and will contribute greatly to the future of humankind. This is where the future is headed. This is the future.

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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 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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"Good program"

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I truly like having a content manager with a linguistic structure marker and that gathering is progressively. Do numerous exercises in a solitary application, for example, unit tests with JUnit variant control with CVS

I discovered it extremely valuable when I figured out how to program. It isn't generally an IDE. It is a learning stage. Enables you to view questions as you do them, physically investigate and call techniques on items,

BlueJ is simply a learning stage, and it needs numerous instruments you have to truly build up the product. I utilized it a great deal when I began figuring out how to program, however once I truly needed to do my product, I changed to Eclipse.

What do you dislike?

Many individuals will simply say you should simply utilize Eclipse, or IntelliJ, or Netbeans off the bat, however truly, those projects are so brimming with highlights, it very well may be truly scary to another programmer.BlueJ to be an extraordinary device for the learning the ideas of OOP, yet it's a horrendous apparatus for really creating programming.

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

It has helped me to lessen learning times, it is magnificent for new software engineers and the improvement of little activities, for little tasks of brief term is a decent choice and an approach to enhance the work.

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"Great IDE for beginners"

What do you like best?

Shows UML chart of your project, making it easy to find classes. Helps beginners get familiar with the structure of Java programs.BlueJ was created for educational purposes and is designed to be simple for those who are just learning.BlueJ was created for teaching purposes, it is designed to be easy to use. It has a user-friendly and intuitive interface.

What do you dislike?

There are very few features available in BlueJ that would would expect from an IDE. For example, syntax highlighting is minimal and there is no code completion.BlueJ is much better suited for small projects. It is designed to be simple and quite basic, rather than to handle large applications.Not comfortable for expert programmers.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I used it when I first started programming in Java, a tutorial advised me to do so. Now, as I look back, I think it was a smart choice - especially for the graphical representations of classes - it gets you to understand much easier the whole idea of OOP.

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

It provide very interesting environment for developing java code it has coloring scheme for every program part like classes,methods,loops and if-else means every part of program has different color that defines the scope of every part and it also helps to debug program very easily.You can see how class “BankAccount” is represented as a box and in the bottom left corner u can see a red box that is the object of class BankAccount” so basically BlueJ is very helpful for understanding concept of oop.

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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 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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"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 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

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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 .

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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!

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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

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"Don't do it! You're still so young!"

What do you like best?

Nothing. It is literally better to use an online Java compiler such as https://www.compilejava.net/ than use this program.

What do you dislike?

The automatic coloring of code blocks is annoying. I constantly fight the automatic formatting in order to make my code look neat and presentable. It lacks all the convenient features of Visual Studio, FlashDevelop, and NetBeans that make them decent development environments. There is no automatic completion of brackets nor parentheses. BlueJ does not allow browsing a class's variables/methods as Visual Studio does, nor is there automatic completion of control and iteration statements such as switch, for, foreach, if, etc.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Switch to something else.

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I'm using this for completing Java programming courses on Coursera. It was the recommended IDE, so I downloaded it, naively believing that the instructors would recommend a decent one. The only benefit to this product is that is does actually compile Java, but writing code using it could not be more painful.

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"excellent learning tool"

What do you like best?

I really like having a text editor with a syntax marker and that compilation is in real time. Do many activities in a single application, such as unit tests with JUnit version control with CVS

I found it really useful when I learned to program. It is not really an IDE. It is a learning platform. Allows you to view objects as you do them, manually inspect and call methods on objects,

BlueJ is purely a learning platform, and it lacks many tools you need to really develop the software. I used it a lot when I started learning how to program, but once I really wanted to do my software, I switched to Eclipse.

What do you dislike?

A lot of people will just say you should just use Eclipse, or IntelliJ, or Netbeans off the bat, but honestly, those programs are so full of features, it can be really intimidating to a new programmer.BlueJ to be a great tool for the learning the concepts of OOP, but it's a terrible tool for actually developing software.

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It is an excellent work tool, I do not consider it an IDE to program in Java, in my opinion it is only for learning.

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

It has helped me to reduce learning times, it is excellent for new programmers and the development of small projects, for small projects of short duration is a good option and a way to optimize the work.

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"Starting in Java"

What do you like best?

If you need to start to programing in Java, you need a easy IDE tool. BlueJ is one of the best IDE to start with the Java World, it's easy to use and it's powerfull when you spent time learning. It's recomended if you are in the school or university and you need to practice with java code. I used a lot of IDE in my life and I think this is the easier.

What do you dislike?

I wrote that this iDE is the best if you need to start with Java, for this reason this IDE have restrictions that other IDE like netbeans,eclipse not have. You don't have a lot of plugins and others tolos that you need when you need to create a big Project.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you need to start using Java code this is the best IDE

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

We use a lot this IDE in a Little projects that we have 2-3 days to do it because it's very easy to use and we can share with the others coworkers in order to compilate in the same way or when we have a new employee we give this IDE to start.

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"An IDE for Java beginners"

What do you like best?

BlueJ is very easy for Java beginners who want to start programming without learning how to use a more complex IDE. Besides, BlueJ allows seeing how objects are created. I find useful this tool for new students. New users only have to create a project and then they can begin to create new classes and write code.

What do you dislike?

It does not autocomplete code, which is essential if you want to use an IDE for complex programs. Moreover, it does not provide any debugging option, which is essential when you are writing more complex programs. On the other hand, it does not provide an interface for building Graphical User Interfaces (GUI). Instead, you have to write your own code, execute it and then test different parameters as for example size, captions, types of buttons, etc.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I recommend BlueJ only if you want to start programming without learning how to setup an IDE. With BlueJ, you just have to write code and execute it, without problems about classpath, projects, etc.

If you have already used other Java IDEs, then you have to adapt to BlueJ in the way that BlueJ does not offer autocompletion of code. So, you have to be very careful when closing code blocks, parenthesis, etc.

It is also important to remark that the fact of creating objects just in BlueJ, does not mean that your code is creating those objects.

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

Education. It allows showing how objects are produced as well as methods and attributes of objects. It is useful for introducing Java programming

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"Simple design with powerful output"

What do you like best?

The way classes are combined visually I enjoy. You can clearly see what's what and they're fun to arrange after. The lightweight design is great too. I normally use note++ to write and compile and test with bluej.

What do you dislike?

If they could implement different colour schemes and skins for people who prefer dark themes that would be amazing. It would eliminate the need to use note++ to get away from the painfully bright base theme.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

It's lightweight and feels good when you're just beginning in java. I currently prefer it over eclipse but i do most of the writing in note++ so it's mainly used for compiling.

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

I'm currently a student at MRU in Canada studying the BCIS degree the offer. From my experience of going between bluej and eclipse i prefer the lightweight design over eclipses chunky gui. Most of the other students like eclipses replacement functions and they seem easier to use but note++ does that as well.

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"Great java base ide"

What do you like best?

Love the simplicity of the application. Very easy to use and user friendly, Application doesnt give you shortcuts for alot of basic code like public static mains but this encourages you to practice.

What do you dislike?

Not enough easy short cuts, it feels too bare bone and doesnt have alot of features. The tools are also lacking as there isnt much there you can use.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Would recommend more users who are beginner to intermediate level in coding and wants to use a simple tool that is very easy to use and follow.

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

Using BlueJ for our company project in relates to coding in java and working with the mobile application.

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"Best IDE for java proyect"

What do you like best?

- That is a good thing fr someone who just wants to write simple Java code snippets without all of the baggage of any other IDE Do many activities in a single application, such as unit tests with JUnit version control with CVS User Interface is easy for novice users, creating and debugging basic java scripts

What do you dislike?

- it gives the wrong result and varies from net beans and eclipse It is suited for small scale applications as it can't handle large applications

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Serves purpose very well. Perfect for understanding OOP Add more features like auto-fill, Completing code snippets

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Definitely an exciting research area and will contribute greatly to the future of humankind Education Definitely an exciting research area and will contribute greatly to the future of humankind

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"Best gateway for java seekers"

What do you like best?

Blue J provides a well defined notes to understand and deal with what java really is..

Blue j is totally committed for those who seek to know about java and it's complications.

Blue j provides extraordinary videos/ theories/solved papers and much more to deal with java.

What do you dislike?

Ads totally annoys users while using blue j and data usage are also much more..

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Go for blue j it's really awesome and makes one perfect in java and it's application.

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

Blue j benefits a lot it has totally made me master in java and it's application which boon my business..

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" Free Java Development Environment"

What do you like best?

BlueJ is Suited for little scale advancement, the free technology gives a simple to-utilize and intuitive interface intended for intelligent creation and invocation of objects. BlueJ was made explicitly to advance the learning and teaching of object-oriented programming.

What do you dislike?

The syntax highlighting is minimal and there is no code completion feature included . It is suited for small scale applications as it can't handle large applications.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

BlueJ is portable and supports deployment on a variety of operating systems. The clear and fundamental UI enable new users to begin on essential improvement all the more effortlessly and rapidly.

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

We at our association can intelligently create and test objects. The intuitive functionalities converged with a direct and clean UI results to simple experimentation of objects that are a work in progress.

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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 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.

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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 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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"One of the simplest Java IDE"

What do you like best?

BlueJ is a open source. Navigation is made very easy using BlueJ . It takes very less time to start . It is a very good and handy tool for beginners as it is very easy to learn . Best for developing small projects .

What do you dislike?

BlueJ does not supports any other language than Java . It is not good for developing big projects . There are few few features available in BlueJ, there is no code completion. It is too simple for advanced users .

Recommendations to others considering the product:

BlueJ is one of the best IDE for beginners to work on as it is easy to debug and highly customizable . No prerequisites required for this IDE .

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

It's loading time is very less so it is not so frustrating . It is very good and handy tool for developing small projects . With the help of this IDE small application can be made and tested which can be later integrated in bigger projects

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"BlueJ what is that?"

What do you like best?

Blue j is totally committed for those who seek to know about java and it's complications. Anyone can get used to it quickly. Best for developing small projects .

What do you dislike?

BlueJ does not supports any other language than Java. The unavailability of plugins like in Eclipse or Netbeans limits its usability very much. Support for other languages is a required feature that is missing. It's simple but it's too simple for any large development. Features could be lacking for any complex programs that may require a more complex 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.

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

BlueJ simplifies onboarding and training for Java software developers.

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"BlueJ"

What do you like best?

BlueJ is best for very small java projects. Personally, it is only really good for the classroom environment, to teach student how to code in java, at a high school level. I do not recommend using BlueJ in College since it is not used in the real world. Other than that in the real world BlueJ should not be used in things like enterprise applications. Also, it is free so I really can not complain that much. Those are really it for BlueJ for me.

What do you dislike?

You will not use BlueJ in the real world, maybe if you wanted to test a small chunk of java code without opening eclipse since the load time for opening Eclipse can be very long.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Use it only to academic purposes.

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

I used BlueJ is college and I would not even recommend it at that level, it should be geared more towards a high school level introductory class.

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"Great product for learning..."

What do you like best?

It very simple but it does not compromise with most very important features. It's great for learning OOPs because we can actually look at boxes which look like objects and use their attributes and methods. All the important features that a good editor should have are also present. Sidebar for overall code overview is also awesome for beginners like me.

What do you dislike?

There are still some simple but awesome editor features which are missing. They are present in editors like atom and sublime text. The sublime text has this awesome feature that if we select a word then the editor highlights all the same words in the whole file as if Ctrl+F is applied. Also, autocomplete.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Yes, I keep recommending this software to all my friends and other people whom I meet.

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

It's a great learning software and everybody in my school uses this software to learn and code their very first program.

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"It is a good tool for someone getting started with Java programming but that's about it."

What do you like best?

It is very light on resources and easy to use. One can get started in a short time and get used to it. The UI is also quite easy to understand.

What do you dislike?

The unavailability of plugins like in Eclipse or Netbeans limits its usability very much. Support for other languages is a required feature that is missing.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

BlueJ is a good tool for starters and small Projects.

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

It's pretty much useless for big projects. However, it is usable for quick coding challenges and stuff. Also, for beginner programmers, a simple to use IDE like BlueJ provides a better experience and a less steep learning curve.

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8.6
Ease of Use
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7.6
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