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What is a Good Device for Learning & Teaching Java ME?

 
Kaydell Leavitt
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I know the Java language and the basic Java SE API.

I know how to develop .jar files and deploy them to desktop computers and to portable computers.

I know how to develop applets on the Internet.

What I want to learn next is how to develop software for Java ME devices. Primarily, I want to buy a device that I can learn about how to develop Java for it and have a device that is useful to me as a person. I want to have high-school AP Computer Science students have a try at developing similar software for 1) the desktop 2) as applets and 3) on a Java ME device.

Also, I'd like to have a micro device that would be useful to me. (I know that this is vague). I want something that is inexpensive and doesn't require a monthly subscription fee.

I've heard that the iPod Touch doesn't do Java (on the client-side). I've heard that the BlackBerry [i]does[/] do Java on the client side.

I don't have a clue whether to buy some model of BlackBerry or to buy some kind of PDA that allows java programming on the client side.

I want to buy two of the same thing: 1) for my personal use, and 2) one for my Java class to take turns using.

Please right back with any questions about clarifying what I need.

Thank you for taking the time to read my post.
 
Amir Alagic
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It is hard to say because there are so many good phones that support Java...

I have Sony Ericsson W760 and I like it. It supports JME, not too expensive, has GPS, accelometer... or maybe some Nokia with GPS, accelometer... so that you and your students can write some cool apps that use GPS...
[ October 26, 2008: Message edited by: Amir Alagic ]
 
A Sen
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Hi Kaydell,

I think it would be a good idea to develop generic J2ME applications which will load on any phone.

You can then choose any phone of your choice and probably customise the generic application to take advantage of that phone's specific APIs.

I like Nokia phones as they have a very robust Custom APIs for GUI, Games etc. Additionally, they have a strong forum support.

Arnab
 
Amir Alagic
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Usually if you write something on Sony Ericsson it should work on Samsung, Motorola, Nokia or LG if phones support same MIDP, JSR... Just don't use manufacturer specific packages/classes if available...

Manufacturers have good forums like A Sen wrote Nokia has good forum but other manufacturers have also super forums and sites where JME developer can get help...

https://developer.sonyericsson.com
http://developers.samsungmobile.com
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