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Palm and J2ME

 
Burk Hufnagel
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I've been a Palm user since the PilotPro and I played with writing apps (called Spotlets, I think) several years ago.
Looks like the KVM has been dropped in favor of J2ME - though I haven't found anything about Palm supporting the 2.0 spec.
Anybody know when/if Palm is intending to do so? I'd like to take a whack at using the game API.
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Burk
 
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For MIDP 1.0, you can use Sun's MIDP for Palm OS:
http://java.sun.com/products/midp4palm/
Other companies also have solutions for Palm, although I don't know of anyone who is up to MIDP 2.0 yet. IBM makes a VM called J9, and I believe there are one or two others. Palm recently announced a deal with IBM to bundle this with Tungstens, although again I don't know if it will be MIDP 1.0 or MIDP 2.0.
 
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Jonathan,
Thanks for the reply. As a follow-up, I read an article in JDJ about the game API in MIDP 2.0 and was wondering if you believe it is possible to use the game API as an "optional package" - I think that's the term - under MIDP 1.0
 
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Sadly, no, the Game API relies on native code and cannot be used as an add-on to MIDP 1.0.
 
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Durn! I dug up the article and you're right. No surprise there, but I had hoped there was a way out...
The article is in the May 2003 edition of Java Developer Journal and I remembered something about it saying that we could use parts of the Game API in MIDP 1.0 -- what it actually said was that we could implement some of its features under MIDP 1.0 and that if we were careful to make our API similar to the Game API then when MIDP 2.0 is available we could rip out our code and gain the benefits of the "real thing".
Oh well...
 
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Almost forgot... it is a good article and I'd suggest it to anyone interested in taking a peek at the Game API. I believe that JDJ makes their stuff available online... poke around Sys-Con and I think you can get free access to it.
 
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