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J2ME Polish and 'Mobile Developers Guide to the Galaxy'

Posted by editor on October 1, 2009 at 5:36 AM PDT

Today's lead Java Today entry focusses on recent activities in the Mobile and Embedded community, including Java Mobile Podcast 88: Robert Virkus of Enough Software and Terrence Barr's latest post, Don't Panic: Mobile Developers Guide to the Galaxy.

Terrence recently interviewed Robert Virkus of >Enough Software, and this interview forms the bulk of Java Mobility Podcast 88. In the interview, Robert tells Terrence about J2MEPolish (that's "polish," as in "polishing" your JavaME app, not "Polish" as in "from Poland"). There is discussion of the relationship and differences between J2MEPolish and the LWUIT framework.

The podcast also includes discussion about Roger Brinkley's trip to South America for JUG meetings, and Terrence Barr's trip to Europe (the OSIM conference in Amsterdam is where the interview with Robert Virkus occurred).

Robert talked about a 40-page PDF he's been involved in, the production of Don't Panic: Mobile Developers Guide to the Galaxy. This colorful document is actually a quite handy introduction and basic reference for the mobile development world.

Now, I'll admit that -- well, I myself could do without so many cartoon-like graphics -- but, still, when you go to page 3, you see a quite solid Table of Contents for mobile development. The main sections are:

  • Application Environments Overview
  • Programming J2ME / Java ME Apps
  • Bringing Your Mobile Content to the Mobile Web: "Keep it small, keep it simple"
  • Now what -- which Environment Should I Use?

Page 5 gives us the authors' bios. Robert Virkus is the founder and CEO of Enough Software. His purpose in launching the J2ME Polish open source project was to "overcome the device fragmentation barrier" -- certainly a laudable objective.

There's a lot of interesting information in the Guide, and it makes sense out of something that indeed does seem fragmented to those of us who are not intimately involved in the Mobile development universe (or Galaxy). And I guess the pictures demonstrate the type of simplicity you should aim for when you create graphics for your own mobile apps -- so I guess I'll forgive them on that score -- this time!

In Java Today, we've just published Java Mobile Podcast 88: Robert Virkus of Enough Software. Terrence Barr posted a related blog, Don't Panic: Mobile Developers Guide to the Galaxy:

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Some weeks ago, Silicon Valley JUG leader Michael Van Riper announced the Silicon Valley Code Camp. The camp happens this weekend:

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Thanks for sharing the useful

Thanks for sharing the useful information. Looking forward to lay my hands on this guide. Probably would get to know lots of things from this guide mentioned. Besides i am also eager about the Forum Nokia developer day in Sydney, Australia, as developers like me can interact with mobile experts there. Lets see what new ideas and tools are shared and discussed at the conference.