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Mobile Java: The Next Generation

Posted by billday on June 19, 2003 at 1:47 AM PDT

I read a lot of wireless related stuff: News articles, whitepapers, developer tutorials, user guides, Javadocs, and the list goes on. Most of this stuff is not particularly noteworthy. Sometimes, however, something stands out by its mere existence.

June 15th's
Wireless Week article on J2ME is just such a stand out.

I enjoyed the quotes from AT&T about Java phones increasing the Average Revenue Per User (ARPU), a bellweather number monitored and nurtured by every operator. I appreciated the review of technical and business announcements from JavaOne. I found the sidebar on the types of J2ME applications in Handago's catalog interesting because it affirms other data that crosses my screen fairly frequently.

But I reveled in this article not for any particular fact, quote, or projection. I reveled in it because here's Wireless Week, the weekly rag for the wireless industry, discussing the merits of MIDP 2.0 and related JSRs. The article begins with "it seems obvious the (J2ME) platform has become the leading choice for applications" and never looks back. It confirms for everybody from wireless CxOs on down that Java is here to stay and going to continue to solve many of the interesting problems in the wireless industry.

A critical industry in which Java is the norm and Microsoft the faltering exception.
Say, maybe we have reached mobile nirvana after all!

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