BlueJ is 10

I’m late, I admit it.

A day late, to be exact. Yesterday (23 August 2009) was BlueJ’s 10th birthday.

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As BlueJ’s version history shows, BlueJ 1.0 was released on 23 August 1999. It was born in Australia – in Melbourne, to be more exact. The project went through various changes, ending up spread across the world, with one half of the team still in Melbourne, and the other in Canterbury in the UK.

It’s not to be taken for granted that a university project survives that long, so I am really grateful to all members of the team – past and current – and to the extremely supportive user community for sticking with it for so long.

Happy Birthday BlueJ!

3 thoughts on “BlueJ is 10

  1. Happy Birthday to you and the BlueJ team. I used it from the earliest days in my introductory course in Java programming, and though I no longer teach that course, or Java for that matter, I still think that BlueJ was years ahead as a teaching tool with some excellent pedagogy built in. It’s a pity that there isn’t something similar for Ruby and Python!

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