Blue Jay

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Subject: Blue Jay
From: Russell Woodford <>
Date: Thu, 24 Jun 2004 18:22:57 +1000
Hi all - this is ALMOST off-topic - let's just say a diversion....

Java programmers on Birding-Aus (there must be a few of you) may know about BlueJ - it's a Java IDE (program for writing programs in Java) and is particularly useful for teaching Java. It was developed by a team from Danish and Australian universities. The name is understandable - everything to do with Java seems to need the letter "J" attached - but it's a bit of a shame they chose a North American bird. The logo for the program is the unmistakable head of a Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata). I've used BlueJ as a teaching tool, and the kids made no comment whatsoever about the bird - but I think they may have if it had been one they could recognise.

Just thought I should mention that there is another meaning of BlueJ!

Russell Woodford

Learning Technologies Assistant
Sacred Heart College Geelong

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