June 14, 2005
Microsoft copies BlueJPosted 3365 days ago on June 14, 2005
Some of you may know an excellent Java IDE called BlueJ. Its focus is on teaching and it is highly regarded. A while back I wrote a feature on BlueJ for PCW; I can't now find it online, but I was delighted to receive an email from BlueJ developer Michael Kölling saying I did an OK job.
BlueJ has a feature called the Object Bench which gives you a simple, visual, UML-like class designer, along with the ability to instantiate and test the object. Now Microsoft's Visual Studio 2005 has turned up with the very same feature, called the Object Test Bench. As Kölling observes, the two features are strikingly similar. According to Microsoft's Dan Fernandez, Object Test Bench was developed in response to research in the academic world. Teachers who liked the Object Bench in BlueJ said it would be great to have it in Visual Studio.
Read Kölling's post. Observe that he is not asking for money, claiming patent, or threatening to sue. He simply wants to be acknowledged. Not unreasonable. And easy to do.
Microsoft, do the right thing.
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