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Wow, is it 2007 already?

Posted by terrencebarr on January 3, 2007 at 7:23 AM PST

I hope you all had a safe and enjoyable holiday break. We here at the Mobile & Embedded Community sure welcomed a bit of a rest after the intense weeks and months up to the Java ME open source launch.

The new year is always a good time for reflection and to ponder things to come. So, while things are still quiet I figured I'd take the opportunity to share some thoughts.

From all I've seen and heard the launch of Java ME into open source and the creation of the Mobile & Embedded Community was a resounding success, and it certainly feels that way. We have made good on our promise to deliver buildable, high-quality code that is actively developed in the open. We have created a community that allows external developers and Sun engineers to share ideas, exchange information, and create together. We have forged ties with other communities, groups, and organizations to collaborate and advance the Java ME platform.

While the big achievements are certainly important it is easy sometimes to forget some of the individual actions and events going on in front of and behind the scenes that contribute to the success and make the project into a living, breathing thing. So let's take a step back and look at some of the highlights of what happened in the last seven weeks:

  • Code releases: After making available phoneME Feature MR1, phoneME Advanced MR1, and cqME releases at launch we now have released our code bases for active development of phoneME Feature MR2 and phoneME Advanced MR2 to This is big because it means the community can actively participate in ongoing development and can access the latest cutting-edge code.
  • Community involvement: We've seen a lot of interest in people building, playing with,
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