Sun offers Java dev kit for device apps

Java ME 3.0's integration with Windows Mobile is hailed, but critics want to know when other OS support will be offered

A software development kit for Java ME (Micro Edition) 3.0 that features integration with Windows Mobile devices is now available, according to Sun Microsystems.

Java ME puts Java on mobile units. Built to run on Windows XP and Vista, the SDK is the successor to Java Wireless Toolkit 2.5.2 and Java Toolkit 1.0 for CDC (Connected Device Configuration).

Some critics wanted to know when Mac, Linux, and OpenSolaris support would be offered. "Well, [Sun] can be releasing Java ME Platform SDK 10.0 for all I care, but where is the Mac and Linux support that people have been wanting for years," asked one person online.

Sun, however, was cheery about the release, which became available earlier this month.

"It's a massive release of tasty new stuff for mobile and embedded developers," said Sun's James Gosling, CTO of the Sun Client Software Group, in a blog entry.

"This a great new milestone for the most widely used Java ME development kit, formerly known as the WTK [Sun Java Wireless Toolkit]," said Terrence Barr, senior technologist at Sun, also in a blog entry.

The SDK "sports redesigned underpinnings, improved device emulation and a host of new features and improvements -- it should quickly become the tool of choice not only for CLDC/MIDP (Connected Limited Device Configuration/ Mobile Information Device Profile) developers, but also for CDC and BD-J (Blu-Ray) projects," Barr said.

The SDK, accessible at this Web page, can be extended with the phoneME Feature MR4 runtime. PhoneME includes focuses for Java ME on feature phones and the advanced phone segment.

Also featured in the SDK is a development environment based on the NetBeans platform. In addition to integrating with Windows Mobile devices, SDK 3.0 integrates with third-party emulators and offers on-device deployment and debugging. With the kit, one SDK is provided for a host of platforms, including CLDC/MIDP. A new CLDC HotSpot virtual machine is highlighted as well, as is an optimized MSA (Mobile Service Architecture) 1.1 stack with extensions.

Other features include profiling support and a network monitor. Lightweight UI Toolkit (LWUIT) integration is included along with a device search database and a JavaFX Mobile emulator.

Java ME can run on devices such as phones, personal digital assistants, TV set-top boxes, and printers.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Sun Microsystemsjava me

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Paul Krill

InfoWorld
Show Comments

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Laura Johnston

MSI GS65 Stealth Thin

If you can afford the price tag, it is well worth the money. It out performs any other laptop I have tried for gaming, and the transportable design and incredible display also make it ideal for work.

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?