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What do I need to develop for a Cell Phone?

 
Timothy Chen Allen
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I have a Nokia 3410 which is Java compatible. I'd like to goof around with developing for it. I understand I can do this with J2ME. What hardware do I need? Is there some cable to let me upload my programs right into the phone? Do they have to be signed somehow?
I guess what I'm asking is, how do I get from Hello, World on my desktop to Hello, World on my phone?
Thanks in advance.
 
Layne Lund
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I am new to J2ME as well, so I don't know much about the issues involved. However, this question has been posted before (or at least a similar one). You should check out the following thread to see if it will help:
http://www.coderanch.com/t/227306/JME/Mobile/downloading-jad-file-mobile-through
 
Frank Manno
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Hi Tim,
Well, as Layne mentioned, I'm new to the world of J2ME as well. I can tell you this: It is a hell of a lot of fun! Although J2ME is limited to what can be done, it's still a powerful language, and can be picked up very quickly if you have previous Java experience.
I would recommend checking out Sun's Wireless Developer Homepage, which has some great articles/tutorials on the subject.
They've also got a nice introductory series on Getting Started with MIDP, which will give you some solid foundation.
If you're looking on purchasing books, I would recommend any of the ones that have been mentioned here in the saloon. Daryl's book, Java Development on PDAs: Building Applications for Pocket PC and Palm Devices, looks to be very interesting, as does Jonathan Knudsen's book, Wireless Java: Developing with J2ME, Second Edition.
I'm currently reading John Muchow's book, Core J2ME, which I find to be a fairly easy read. It's full of examples as well, so if you're like me, and learn by example, you'll find it a great addition to the book.
 
Daryl Wilding-McBride
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One of the good things about J2ME is that because the API is so small and the applications tend to be simple and focussed, one person can easily develop a really good application. So yes it's a good world to be in.
Personally I learn new platforms best by following some examples. If you're developing for a mobile phone, then you will be mainly interested in MIDP and there are some good example-based books around on MIDP. I suggest you get yourself one and work through it. Enjoy!
 
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