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BlueJ is described as 'Integrated Development Environment for Java, developed mainly for educational purposes, but also suitable for small-scale software development' and is a IDE in the development category. There are more than 25 alternatives to BlueJ for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Online / Web-based, Linux, Mac and Android. The best alternative is Visual Studio Code, which is free. Other great apps like BlueJ are Eclipse, IntelliJ IDEA, Apache NetBeans and Programming Hub.

BlueJ alternatives are mainly IDEs but may also be Code Learning Services or Code Editors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of BlueJ.
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  1. Visual Studio Code is a free, lightweight, and extensible code editor for building web, desktop, and mobile applications, using any programming language and framework.

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsVisual Studio Code can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    ⚫︎ LightweightVisual Studio Code consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    ⚫︎ CustomizableVisual Studio Code is easy to customize with themes or similar features.
    ⚫︎ Syntax HighlightingVisual Studio Code supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
    ⚫︎ Dark ModeVisual Studio Code supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    ⚫︎ Support for MarkDownVisual Studio Code supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    ⚫︎ No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Visual Studio Code without registration.
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  2. Eclipse is an extensible development platform with runtimes and application frameworks for building, deploying and managing software across the entire software lifecycle.

    ⚫︎ Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsEclipse can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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    Most users think Eclipse is a great alternative to BlueJ.


  3. IntelliJ IDEA is an integrated development environment (IDE) written in Java for developing computer software. It is developed by JetBrains, and is available as an Apache 2 Licensed community edition, and in a proprietary commercial edition.

    ⚫︎ Dark ModeIntelliJ IDEA supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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    Syntax highlight, code completion
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    It is better only if you are a developer. Just go with a text editor like ATOM if you are learning java because you need to know how to execute programs from the command-line if you program in Java or any other programming language.

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  4. Development Environment, Tooling Platform and Application Framework.

    ⚫︎ Syntax HighlightingApache NetBeans supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
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    Discontinued

    Python plugin for NetBeans (nbPython) has been discontinued since v8.1

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    Programming Hub

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad

    The best app to learn 14+ programming languages such as Python, Assembly, HTML, VB.NET, C, C++, C# (C Sharp), JavaScript, PHP, Ruby, R Programming, CSS, Java and much more!.

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    Almost everyone thinks Programming Hub is a great alternative to BlueJ.


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    MonoDevelop

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • .NET Framework
    • Xamarin Studio

    MonoDevelop enables developers to write desktop and web applications on Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. It also makes it easy to port .NET applications created with Visual Studio to Linux and Mac OS X maintaining a single code base for all platforms.

    ⚫︎ Syntax HighlightingMonoDevelop supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
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    Discontinued

    As of October 2021, the GitHub repository README has been updated to say "This project has not been built nor maintained since January 2020 and has been archived".

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    SitePoint

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Online

    Learn Web Design and Development with SitePoint tutorials, courses, and books - HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, PHP, mobile app development, Responsive Web Design.

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    Coderbyte

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Online

    Coderbyte is a place built for anyone to practice and perfect their programming skills. Challenges are added almost every day so you can work on applying your algorithmic thought process on any problem you want at anytime.

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    CodeAvengers

    • Online

    Code Avengers is the fun, easy way to learn Javascript, the computer programming language of the web. Learners of all ability will enjoy the free interactive online lessons. Be a Coding Superhero with Code Avengers

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    Cocoa Dev Central

    • FreeProprietary
    • Online

    Since 2001 Cocoa Dev Central has been one of the most popular sites devoted to Mac OS X programming

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    Discontinued

    Last update was in 2016

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