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J2ME + Embedded Programming

 
Sara Jahan
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Hi,
There is another aspect of J2ME which is not being talked about much and that is, J2ME can be used for traditional embedded programming. J2ME has kinda become synonymous with programming for the mobile phones, PDAs, Palmtops. The market has already started being flooded with mobile applications.
I do not know how successful it is being in the embedded programming area but I think Sun should push that aspect of it as well so that it becomes a viable option for developers who are in crossroads of their career or even freshers.
This is the beginning of my 2nd month with J2ME with a fling of about a week with Symbian C++ in between. I do believe J2ME is a much more simpler and easier way to program than C++. You just need some time to get familiar with the terminologies and find the IDE that is right for you.
/Sara
 
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Out of curiosity, which IDE are you using?
 
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With regards to embedded programming, you might want to check out the Information Module Profile (IMP), which is basically MIDP without the UI stuff:
http://www.jcp.org/en/jsr/detail?id=195
 
Sara Jahan
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Originally posted by Burk Hufnagel:
Out of curiosity, which IDE are you using?

Series 60 MIDP SDK 1.0 for Symbian OS, Nokia edition
I have just started using it and haven't explored it much! I was using Sun's Mobile Edition earlier before I read in one of the forums that I would have to use Nokia's because I am building an app for Nokia phone.
/Sara
 
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IBM has a lot of embedded software using J2ME/CDC. For a comparison of J2ME IDE tools, check out my article on the current issue of the Software Development Magazine:
Tangled Up in Complexity
Make sure you read this table
cheers
 
Burk Hufnagel
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Originally posted by Sara Jahan:
I was using Sun's Mobile Edition earlier before I read in one of the forums that I would have to use Nokia's because I am building an app for Nokia phone.
/Sara

<confused>I thought the whole idea is that a J2ME app would run on any device (that supports the same profile) so, unless you're using some proprietory API, why would you have to use Nokia's SDK?
 
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Originally posted by Burk Hufnagel:

<confused>I thought the whole idea is that a J2ME app would run on any device (that supports the same profile) so, unless you're using some proprietory API, why would you have to use Nokia's SDK?

One reason could be that you want to see how your app looks like on a "real" device instead of the "DefaultColorDevice" (or whatever its name was) provided by the J2MEWTK. Especially if you know which phone models your application is going to be used the most, it's useful to check that your menus and the UI's graphics look good as the screen sizes and menu implementations differ from phone to phone.
 
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