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What is the state of J2ME

 
William Brogden
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I dug out and dusted off my "Flash Card" application for the Palm (which I did almost a year ago) and I realized that I needed to get up to date on J2ME. So here are some questions for our expert!
1. What is the latest version for Palm development and is it stable (not likely to change much)?
2. Suppose I want to distribute a commercial product - can I legally distribute all of the J2ME parts needed to run on Palm?
Bill
 
Mark Herschberg
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I don't recall offhand if Sun is currently supporting a Plam specific kVM, like the one they unvailed at JavaOne '99. Currently, there is JSR 75, working on a J2ME PDAP specification. At the moment, I can't really comment on when it might be available. PDAP uses the CLDC, so if you're itching to go, you can port what you can under the CLDC spec, and then wait for the PDAP spec to be release to port the GUI.
I haven't read the J2ME license, so I can't answer your second question.
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Eric Giguere
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1. The Palm port of the CLDC reference implementation is the latest thing available, however Sun has just announced that they're going to release a MIDP implementation for the Palm as a stopgap measure until the PDAP is ready.
2. No. You have to buy a license from Sun. Apparently the MIDP release they're putting out will be distributable.

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Eric Giguere
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Java 2 Micro Edition : A Professional Developer's Guide
PalmTM Database Programming: The Complete Developer's Guide
 
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