Mobile & Embedded Community in FISL 9.0
The Mobile & Embedded Community was greatly represented at the International Free Software Conference, held in Porto Alegre, south Brazil.
At the Sun's booth, Roger Brinkley presented to all those who showed up the Mobile & Embedded Community, its projects and how big and relevant it's becoming to the digital and mobile media world. In particular, the Sun SPOTs were a show apart. Everybody wanted to know what was those soap-like devices used for.
At his talking, Roger presented the Community elements: mobile, media and embedded.
DiNo is a J2ME originally built at 2003, not based on the Game API. It had beed kept closed source for 5 years, it had been commercialized by some brazilian operators and now it's fully available in the Mobile & Embedded Community under the GPL license. More about it later.
Marge is a bluetooth framework built over the JSR82. The great thing about Marge is the large availability of demos. With them, everybody can learn how to build nice bluetooth enabled applications. Actually, I also have a bluetooth framework, called BtUtil, but it do not compete with Marge. The BtUtil aims for simplicity. It's largely based on the concept of "convention over configuration". The Marge project, on the other hand, is a robust and complete layer from which one can benefit of all bluetooth resources available in the JSR82 spec.
MEChart, also hosted in the Mobile & Embedded Community, has as objective to supply an API standard for the construction of some types of graphs through the Java ME platform. Its target is devices with the CLDC and MIDP 2.0.
Later on, Roger discussed about recent project affiliations from the TV industry in the M&E Community.
To represent the Embedded element, the Trackbot was introduced. Then Roger tied one SunSPOT on his golf stick and he demonstrated how they could be used to track golf plays and fine tune movements. Afterward, on the last minutes of the congress, Roger still find time to record a podcast with me, FlÃ¡vio Alves and Israel Faria.